The 130th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the International Football Association Board (IFAB) took place in Cardiff, Wales on March 5, 2016. At that meeting, the 2016 Amendments to the Laws of the Game (LOTG) were approved. The revisions to the LOTG were announced in IFAB Circular No. 5 shown to the left. Key Laws changes and the experiments to be undertaken by the IFAB are described in this Circular.

The AGM saw the most comprehensive revision to the Laws in the 130 year history of the IFAB. The 2016-17 Laws of the Game shown at the right includes a history of the IFAB, background information re: the current revision, summary of Laws changes, and Practical Guidelines for Match Officials.

2016-17 Laws of the Game (LOTG)

Concurrent with the publication of the new Laws on April 11, the IFAB developed the accompanying presentation describing the Revision of the Laws of the Game shown to the left. Every Law, with the exception of Law 2, was changed. Some modifications were editorial in nature incorporating language previously found in the Interpretations and Guidelines while others will affect the way the game is played and officiated.

The 2016-17 changes to the LOTG were implemented in Iowa at the start of the Fall Season. 

A 5 page 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 2016-17 IFAB Laws of the Game.

Lastly, the IFAB compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) surrounding the Laws revisions (right).

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

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