Law Revisions for 2018-2019
The 2018/19 revision of the Laws of the Game had relatively few changes compared to recent years. Many of them due to the introduction of Video Review and the Video Assistant Referee.
LAW 1 – THE FIELD OF PLAY
Clarification on measurements of the field (taken from outside of the line/penalty mark from center of mark to back edge of the goal line)
Reference to substituted players being permitted in the technical area.
Commercial advertising not permitted on the ground in the Referee Review Area (RRA)
LAW 3 – THE PLAYERS
•Competition rules may permit the use of an additional substitute in extra time (even if not all permitted substitutes have been used).
LAW 4 – THE PLAYERS EQUIPMENT
Small hand-held electronic or communication devices are permitted in the technical area if used for coaching/tactics or player welfare
A team official who uses unauthorized equipment or who behaves in an inappropriate manner as a result of the use of electronic or communication equipment will be dismissed from the technical area.
Detailed guidelines for what can and cannot appear on players’ equipment (slogans/statements and or images)
When interpreting whether a slogan, statement or image is permissible, note should be taken of Law 12 (Fouls and Misconduct), which requires the referee to take action against a player who is guilty of:
using offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures
gesturing in a provocative, derisory or inflammatory way
Player who has left the field because of an equipment issue and returned without permission and interferes with play is penalized with a direct free kick (or penalty kick)
LAW 5 – THE REFEREE
Reference to Video Assistant Referees (VARs) and Assistant VARs (AVARs) and the ability of a referee to use video replays for decision making as part of VAR system.
If play has stopped and restarted, the referee may only undertake a ‘review’, and take the appropriate disciplinary sanction, for a case of mistaken identity or for a potential sending-off offence relating to violent conduct, spitting, biting or extremely offensive, insulting and/or abusive gesture(s).
Match officials are not permitted to wear cameras
Inclusion of the referee ‘check’ and ‘review’ signals used in the VAR process
LAW 7 – THE DURATION OF THE MATCH
Drinks breaks should not exceed one minute
Allowance must be made for time ‘lost’ for drinks breaks and VAR ‘checks’/’reviews’
LAW 10 – DETERMINING THE OUTCOME OF A MATCH
Kicks from the penalty mark – a replacement for a goalkeeper cannot take a kick in that ‘round’ if the goalkeeper has already taken a kick.
The first point of contact when the ball is played/touched is the moment when offside is judged
LAW 12 – FOULS AND MISCONDUCT
Biting is included as a direct free kick and sending-off offence.
Throwing an object at the ball or hitting the ball with a held object are separate direct free kick offences (not a form of handball)
If the ball rebounds from the goalkeeper this does not prevent the goalkeeper handling the ball a second time even if the first attempt to catch/hold the ball was deliberate
If the referee plays advantage for a DOGSO the offender is cautioned (YC) whether or not a goal is scored
Entering the RRA or excessively showing the TV signal are cautions (YCs)
Where 2 separate caution-able (YC) offences are committed in close proximity, both cautions (YCs) must be issued; same principle if one is a sending-off offence.
Entering the VOR is a sending-off (RC) offence.
If a player commits an offence outside the field of play (ball in play) against someone from their own team (including a team official) it is an indirect free kick on the boundary line
LAW 13 – FREE KICKS
Direct free kicks are awarded to the opposing team of a player, substitute, substituted or sent off player, or team official guilty of an offence.
LAW 15 – THE THROW IN
At the moment of delivering the ball, the thrower must: face stand facing the field of play
A player must stand to take a throw in i.e. sitting or kneeling positions are not permitted