FIFA Rules

FIFA Rules

GUIDELINES FOR REFEREES

Positioning with ball in play  Recommendations  The play should be between the referee and the lead assistant referee.  The lead assistant referee should be within the referee's field of vision. The referee should use a wide diagonal system.  Staying towards the outside of the play makes it easier to keep play and the…

Off Side Explained

Offside is one of the most controversial rules in the game with much debate over decisions - mainly due to the fact that a player caught offside is often denied a clear goal scoring opportunity. In many cases, only the assistant referee is in a position to see the offside…

LAW 1 – THE FIELD OF PLAY

Field surface Dimensions The field of play must be rectangular. The length of the touch line must be greater than the length of the goal line. Length: minimum 90 m (100 yds) maximum 120 m (130 yds) Width: minimum 45 m (50 yds) maximum 90 m (100 yds) Field Markings…

LAW 2 – THE BALL

Qualities and Measurements The ball is: spherical of a pressure equal to 0.6 – 1.1 atmosphere (600 – 1100 g/cm2) at sea level (8.5 lbs/sq in 15.6 lbs/sq in) Replacement of a Defective Ball If the ball bursts or becomes defective during the course of a match: the match is…

LAW 3 – THE NUMBER OF PLAYERS

Players A match is played by two teams, each consisting of not more than eleven players, one of whom is the goalkeeper. A match may not start if either team consists of fewer than seven players. Official Competitions Up to a maximum of four substitutes may be listed on the…

Local FIFA Rules & Process

LOCAL ASSOCIATION RULES & RESPONSIBILITIES - 11'S/U, 13'S AND YOUTHFIFA RULES APPLY TO:11s/u 11 players 2 x 30 minute halves with a ten minute break, size 4 ball13s/u 11 players 2 x 30 minute halves with a ten minute break, size 4 ballYouth 11 players 2 x 35 minute halves…

LAW 4 - THE PLAYERS' EQUIPMENT

Safety A player must not use equipment or wear anything that is dangerous to himself or another player (including any kind of jewellery). Basic Equipment The basic compulsory equipment of a player comprises the following separate items: a jersey or shirt - if undergarments are worn, the colour of the …

LAW 5 - THE REFEREE

The Authority of the Referee Each match is controlled by a referee who has full authority to enforce the Laws of the Game in connection with the match to which he has been appointed. Powers and Duties The Referee: enforces the Laws of the Game controls the match in co-operation…

LAW 6 - THE ASSISTANT REFEREE

Duties Assistance Two assistant referees are appointed whose duties, subject to the decision of the referee, are to indicate: when the whole of the ball has passed out of the field of play which side is entitled to a corner kick, goal kick or throw-in when a player may be…

LAW 7 - THE DURATION OF THE MATCH

Periods of Play The match lasts two equal periods of times as defined per Age Group. Any agreement to alter the periods of play (for example to reduce each half because of insufficient light) must be made before the start of play and must comply with competition rules. Half-Time Interval…

LAW 8 - THE START AND RESTART OF PLAY

Preliminaries Kick-off Procedure A coin is tossed and the team that wins the toss decides which goal it will attack in the first half of the match. The other team takes the kick-off to start the match. The team that wins the toss takes the kick-off to start the second…

LAW 9 - THE BALL IN AND OUT OF PLAY

Ball Out of Play The ball is out of play when: it has wholly crossed the goal line or touch line whether on the ground or in the air play has been stopped by the referee Ball In Play The ball is in play at all other times, including when:…

LAW 10 - THE METHOD OF SCORING LAW

Goal Scored A goal is scored when the whole of the ball passes over the goal line, between the goalposts and under the crossbar, provided that no infringement of the Laws of the Game has been committed previously by the team scoring the goal. Winning Team The team scoring the…

LAW 11 - OFFSIDE LAW

Offside Position Offence No Offence It is not an offence in itself to be in an offside position. A player is in an offside position if: he is nearer to his opponent's goal line than both the ball and the second last opponent A player is not in an offside…

LAW 12 - FOULS AND MISCONDUCT

Fouls and misconduct are penalised as follows: Direct Free Kick A direct free kick is awarded to the opposing team if a player commits any of the following six offences in a manner considered by the referee to be careless, reckless or using excessive force: kicks or attempts to kick…

LAW 13 - FREE KICKS

Types of Free Kicks Free kicks are either direct or indirect. For both direct and indirect free kicks, the ball must be stationary when the kick is taken and the kicker does not touch the ball a second time until it has touched another player. The Direct Free Kick if…

LAW 14 - THE PENALTY KICK

A penalty kick is awarded against a team that commits one of the ten offences for which a direct free kick is awarded, inside its own penalty area and while the ball is in play. A goal may be scored directly from a penalty kick. Additional time is allowed for…

LAW 15 - THE THROW-IN LAW

Procedure A throw-in is a method of restarting play. A goal cannot be scored directly from a throw-in. A throw-in is awarded: when the whole of the ball passes over the touch line, either on the ground or in the air from the point where it crossed the touch line …

LAW 16 - THE GOAL KICK

Procedure A goal kick is a method of restarting play. A goal may be scored directly from a goal kick, but only against the opposing team. A goal kick is awarded when: the whole of the ball, having last touched a player of the attacking team, passes over the goal…

LAW 17 - THE CORNER KICK LAW

A corner kick is a method of restarting play. A goal may be scored directly from a corner kick, but only against the opposing team. A corner kick is awarded when: the whole of the ball, having last touched a player of the defending team, passes over the goal line,…