Summary of Changes to FIFA Rules

Summary of Changes to FIFA Rules

Suggested changes to the Fifa Laws of the Game are decided upon each year at the annual meeting of the International Football Association Board, which is held in March. Summary of Changes to FIFA Rules 2017-18 

The board includes eight members for rules: four from the so-called home countries.

  • England
  • Scotland
  • Wales
  • Northern Ireland

Last few month ago 2 new rules include football games but referee may have been confused. 

Summary of Changes to FIFA Rules


  • The Football Association
  • The Scottish Football Association
  • The Football Association of Wales
  • Irish Football Association
  • FIFA

RULE 8- The start and restart of play

Drop Ball – Procedure


Summary of Changes to FIFA Rules


Subject to the agreement of the member association concerned and provided the principles of these Laws are maintained, the Laws may be modified in their application for matches for players of under 16 years of age, for women footballers, for veteran footballers (over 35 years of age) and for players with disabilities.

Any or all of the following modifications are permissible:

• size of the field of play
• size, weight and material of the ball
• width between the goalposts and height of the crossbar from the ground
• duration of the periods of play
• substitutions

Further modifications are only allowed with the consent of the International Football Association Board.

Male and Female

References to the male gender in the Laws of the Game in respect of referees, assistant referees, players and officials are for simplification and apply to both men and women.

Official languages

On behalf of the International Football Association Board, FIFA publishes the
Laws of the Game in English, French, German and Spanish. If there is any
divergence in the wording, the English text is authoritative.


A single line in the left-hand margin indicates new Law changes

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