The 130th AGM of The International FA Board (IFAB) held in Cardiff on 5 March 2016 approved the most comprehensive revision of the Laws of the Game in The IFAB's 130 year history.
One aim was to make it easier for everyone involved with football to read and understand the Laws and, to achieve this, the Law book has been restructured and more than 10,000 words removed.
Another aim was to ensure that the Laws are appropriate for football in the 21st Century and changes have been made so that the Laws are up to date, consistent and promote 'fair play'.
The IFAB believe it would be helpful for competition organisers and administrators, clubs, players, coaches, spectators and the media to have a summary of those Law changes which affect how football is played.
There are over 90 amendments to the Laws of the Game and whilst some of them are simply a change in the wording, there are over 20 that will have a huge effect.
One of the more notable changes is an alteration to Law 12, the denial of a goal scoring opportunity (DOGSO) in the penalty area. If the referee deems the foul to have been accidental or a genuine attempt to play the ball, the player is cautioned, where they were previously sent off.
The various documents below contain a summary of the main changes:
The electronic version of the Laws of the Game 2016/17 can be downloaded from The IFAB's website (www.theifab.com) which also contains:
All Law changes are effective as from 1 June 2016
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