Category: Noticeboard

New Laws of the Game 20/21 Season

Here is a simplified version of this year’s key law changes to help prepare clubs, managers, players, referees and spectators for the new season.

Law 1 – The Field of Play   

  • Goalposts and the crossbar may be a combination of the four basic shapes

Law 10 – Determining the Outcome of a Match   

  • Yellow cards (YCs) and warnings are not carried forward into kicks from the penalty mark (KFPM) 
  • See also changes to Law 14 relating to KFPM 

Law 11 – Offside 

  • Deliberate handball by a defending player is considered ‘deliberate play’ for offside

Law 12 – Fouls and Misconduct 

  • Handball: 
  • the boundary between the shoulder and the arm is defined as the bottom of the armpit 

    Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct

  • ‘accidental’ handball by an attacking player (or team-mate) is only penalised if it occurs ‘immediately’ before a goal or clear goal-scoring opportunity 
  • A goalkeeper can receive a YC or be sent off (RC) for ‘illegally’ touching the ball a second time after a restart (e.g. goal kick, free kick etc.) even if the touch is with the hand/arm 
  • Any offence (not only a foul) which ‘interferes with or stops a promising attack’ should result in a YC 
  • A player who fails to respect the 4m required distance at a dropped ball should receive a YC 
  • If the referee plays advantage or allows a ‘quick’ free kick for an offence which ‘interfered with or stopped a promising attack’, the YC is not issued 

Law 14 – The Penalty Kick 

  • An offence by the goalkeeper is not penalised if a penalty kick misses the goal or rebounds from the goal (without a touch from the goalkeeper) unless the offence clearly affected the kicker 
  • The goalkeeper is warned for the first offence; it is a YC for any further offence(s) 
  • The kicker is penalised if the goalkeeper and the kicker offend at exactly the same time