The 131st Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the International Football Association Board (IFAB) took place in London, England on March 3, 2017. At that meeting, the 2017 Amendments to the Laws of the Game (LOTG) were approved. The revisions to the LOTG were announced in IFAB Circular No. 8 shown to the left. Laws revisions, the IFAB strategy for the future, and technology considerations are described in this Circular.

This year's changes represent the final stage of the major revision of the Laws of the Game. The 2017/18 Laws of the Game shown at the right includes the philosophy and spirit of the Laws, background information re: the current revision, summary of Laws changes, and Practical Guidelines for Match Officials.

2017-18 Laws of the Game (LOTG)

Concurrent with the publication of the new Laws, the IFAB developed an accompanying presentation describing the Revisions to the Laws of the Game shown to the left. Most every Law had changes – mainly clariifying in nature given the extensive rewrite of a year ago. Particular emphasis is placed on the role of the team captain and on respect for the laws and the decisions made by the referee and other match officials who apply them.

The 2017-18 changes to the LOTG will be implemented in Iowa at the start of the Fall Season. 

A quick-read Summary of Law Changes is also available from the IFAB (left).

SUGGESTION: Read this summary first in order to learn what changes were made to the Laws but without the supporting background, notes, details, and guidelines that are provided in the 2017-18 IFAB Laws of the Game.

Lastly, the IFAB once again included its Practical Guidelines for Match Officials in this edition of the Laws of the Game (right).

Additional information will be included here as it becomes available from US Soccer. If you have any questions, Contact Me.

Visit the International Football Association Board (IFAB) Website for additional information and to subscribe to the IFAB Newsletter.

You can reinforce your knowledge of the Laws of the Game by studying the Flashcards above from Flashcard Machine. These study Flashcards are not a product of the IFAB or US Soccer. If you have a question about a particular answer provided, consult the 2017-18 IFAB Laws of the Game.