NISL FIFA changes and clarifications 2016-2017

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    A simple outline of the main FIFA changes /clarifications.


    Law 01 – The Field of Play

    • Artificial and natural surfaces may not be combined on the field

    • Competitions may determine field size for their competitions (within Law)

    • All commercial advertising on the ground must be at least 1m (1yd) from boundary lines

    • Logos/emblems of FAs, competitions etc... allowed on corner flags (no advertising)


    Law 02 – The Ball

    • None


    Law 03 – The Players (new title)

    • A match may not start/continue if a team has fewer than 7 players

    • Substitutes may take a restart but must first step onto the field

    • Clarifies situation when a player is sent off before/after kick-off

    • Direct FK (or penalty) if a substitute/team official interferes with play

    • If something/someone (other than a player) touches a ball as it goes into the goal the referee can award the goal if the touch had no impact on the defenders

    • If a goal is scored with an extra person on the field and referee has restarted play the goal stands and match continues

    • Laws of the Game 2016/17 | Law changes 2016 / 17

    • Outline summary of Law changes


    Law 04 – The Players’ Equipment

    • Any tape or other material on/covering socks must be same colour as the sock

    • Player losing footwear/shinguard accidentally can play on until next stoppage

    • Undershorts must be color of shorts or hem; team must all wear same color

    • Electronic communication with substitutes is forbidden

    • Player can return during play after changing/correcting equipment, once equipment has been checked (by referee, fourth official or AR) and referee signals


    Law 05 – The Referee

    • Decision can not be changed if play restarted or referee has left the field (HT+FT)

    • If several offences occur at the same time the most serious is punished

    • Referee can send a player off from pre-match pitch inspection onwards

    • Referee can only use RC + YC after entering the field at start of the match

    • Player injured by RC/YC foul can be quickly assessed/ treated and stay on field

    • The equipment a referee can or may be allowed to use

    • Diagrams of referee signals included (from Guidelines section)


    Law 06 – The Other Match Officials (new title)

    • More details about the duties of the assistants, AARs, fourth official

    • Diagrams of assistant referee signals included (from Guidelines section)


    Law 07 – The Duration of the Match

    • More reasons for additional time (e.g. medical drinks breaks)


    Law 08 – The Start and Restart of Play

    • All restarts included (previously only kick-off and dropped ball)

    • Ball must clearly move to be in play for all kicked restarts

    • Ball can be kicked in any direction at kick-off (previously had to go forward)

    • Referee can not ‘manufacture’ outcome of a dropped ball


    Law 09 – The Ball in and out of Play

    • If a ball rebounds off a match official it is in play unless it has wholly passed over a boundary line


    Law 10 – Determining the Outcome of a Match (new title)

    Kicks from the penalty mark:

    • Referee will toss a coin to choose the goal (unless weather, safety, etc.)

    • Player temporarily off the field (e.g. injured) at final whistle can take part

    • Both teams must have same number of players before and during the kicks

    • Clear statement of when a kick is over

    • Kicks not delayed if player leaves the field; if not back in time kick is forfeited


    Law 11 – Offside

    • Halfway line ‘neutral’ for offside; player must be in opponents’ half

    • Players’ arms not considered when judging offside position (including goalkeeper)

    • Offside FK always taken where offence occurs (even in own half)

    • Defender off the field only ‘active’ until defending team clear ball or play stops

    • As above for attacker returning; before that re-entry point is the offside position


    Law 12 – Fouls and Misconduct

    • Foul with contact is a direct FK

    • Advantage for a RC – indirect FK if offender then gets involved in play

    • Change of wording for handball so that not every handball is a YC

    • Some DOGSO offences in the penalty area are punished with a YC

    • Attempted violent conduct is a RC, even if no contact

    • Striking on head/face when not challenging an opponent is a RC (unless negligible)

    • Offence against substitutes, team officials, match officials etc. is now a direct FK

    • Foul off the field penalized with a direct FK on boundary line (penalty in own penalty area)

    • Laws of the Game 2016/17 | Law changes 2016 / 17


    Law 13 – Free Kicks

    • Difference between ‘stopping’ a FK and ‘intercepting’ the ball after FK taken


    Law 14 –The Penalty Kick

    • Indirect FK + YC if wrong player deliberately takes the penalty

    • Indirect FK if ball kicked backwards

    • If ‘illegal’ feinting occurs it is always an indirect FK (and YC)

    • Goalkeeper YC if infringes and PK is retaken


    Law 15 – The Throw-in

    • New wording makes it clear that ball must be thrown with both hands


    Law 16 – The Goal Kick

    • If GK kicked into own goal it is a corner kick to opponents

    • An opponent in the penalty area when the goal kick is taken can not play the ball first


    Law 17 – The Corner Kick

    • If CK kicked into own goal it is a corner kick to opponents

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