Laws of the Game revised for 2016/17 season

A referee checks the studs of Gillway Sky Under 7s. Photo provided by the club, September 2012

Kick-off, DOGSO and sock tape colour among over 100 updates to the Laws of the Game

Players, coaches and, most importantly, referees take note – this month has seen an update to the Laws of the Game.

The International Football Association Board (IFAB) introduced the new regulations on 1 June, in time to take effect for UEFA EURO 2016 and the Copa America.

Now, for the first time, it’s simple to get your hands on the Laws of the Game, as IFAB has launched its own media platforms to present the laws to the wider football community.

The new official website can be found at, while you can also follow IFAB on Facebook and @TheIFAB on Twitter, giving you time to brush up on the laws before the new season kicks off.

Unless you’re an existing or budding referee, you’re probably not too interested in all the Law changes, but some of them are definitely worth noting for everyone in the grassroots game:

Kit: Tape or material covering the socks of players must be the same colour as the socks.

Kick-off: A new Law change allows for the ball to be kicked in any direction at kick­‐off.

DOGSO: Players denying an obvious goal-scoring opportunity in the penalty area don’t receive an automatic red card. Minor offenses are cautioned with a yellow card rather than sending off.

The new IFAB website contains all the information you need in relation to the Laws of the Game, including all relevant explanatory documents and examples for easier reference and understanding.

In a statement, IFAB says the media platforms were “developed to focus on the Laws of the Game, to promote the consistent understanding and application of these laws and to serve as an important reference for all related questions. This information is now easily accessible and all in one place.”

IFAB says they will be regularly updating their website content and “actively engaging” with social media followers to “help promote a clear understanding of the Laws of the Game and to provide information on all important projects and experiments”.

The complete Laws of the Game – broken down Law by Law – are available to view at!/laws, whilst you can also download a summary of the main changes to the Laws.

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  1. Lozz on June 30, 2016 at 1:38 am

    Seems the FA are more concerned the colour of tape covering little boys socks is more important than spending some of the vast money this hugely wealthy organisation has on creating decent pitches for boys to improve their skills and techniques. Hardly surprising we can’t beat Iceland. Priorities are all wrong

  2. C Bennison on July 8, 2016 at 9:42 am

    My son has been playing football for a year for the U9s team at our local town , which was set up only a year ago , this was supposed to be experience and non competitive even thou they played well and went up a league.
    The team was I/2 local town and 1/2 another area town,but one all local kids have been dropped and the other town kids have been introduced no no kid from our area (town) plays in its own team. It’s very up setting to see all the kids disappointed as all they want to do is play football but now they will have no chance as they haven’t got the experience so will never get pick for the team or other surrounding areas .
    What are the rules for local clubs do they have to take some % from that area because it seams to be a bit unfair and means any club can set up in another district area . Please help thanks

  3. Mark v on July 10, 2016 at 7:17 pm

    I find the coloured tape rule still being in a bit of a joke. Grass route teams can hardly afford the ridiculous costs to play on a pitch each week, or to have training sessions, never mind buying the right coloured tape to match the players socks .
    Surely at kids level we should be worrying about providing a safe environment, that’s affordable and they can enjoy and learn about football.
    No wonder so many teams are folding and volunteers disappearing.

  4. david berry on July 10, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    lets just hope that now the FAW has made 14.5 million from the euros , that they spend it at grassroot level and not give it to the bigger clubs , the kids and recreational sides pay a fortune to use pitches training for winter months , so lets see some money put into these clubs/teams

  5. Malcolm on July 10, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    It is not the national FA that have brought in these changes but the international governing body

  6. Tony Gardner on July 11, 2016 at 8:29 am

    There is a simple way to prevent the deliberate denial of a goalscoring opportunity. In the same situation as a card would be issued, simply allow the referee to award a goal. In the same way that the rugby law does. It would pretty much wipe it out overnight.

  7. Gareth Cross on July 31, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    The law changes according to my local county FA don’t affect the u7 to u10 age groups as they have been informed by the FA.
    This means they still have to kick the ball forward at kick off.
    Why the FA don’t update their mini soccer laws of the game to reflect the new law changes baffles me.

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