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Laws Of The Game

The Laws of the Game are authorized on an annual basis by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) and provided by the Fédération Internationale de Football Associations (FIFA).

Click here to see the 2015/16 Laws of the Game

The Laws of the Game are organized as follows:

Law 1 – The Field of Play
Law 2 – The Ball
Law 3 – The Number of Players
Law 4 – The Players’ Equipment
Law 5 – The Referee
Law 6 – The Assistant Referees
Law 7 – The Duration of the Match
Law 8 – The Start and Restart of Play
Law 9 – The Ball In and Out of Play
Law 10 – The Method of Scoring
Law 11 – Offside
Law 12 – Fouls and Misconduct
Law 13 – Free Kicks
Law 14 – The Penalty Kick
Law 15 – The Throw-in
Law 16 – The Goal Kick
Law 17 – The Corner Kick
Procedures to Determine the Winner of a Match or Home-and-Away
The Technical Area
The Fourth Official and the Reserve Assistant Referee
The Additional Assistant Referee
Interpretation of the Laws of the Game and Guidelines for Referees



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