Bournemouth Youth Football League

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 

More to explorer

League Suspended until Further Notice

Please see the latest guidance from the FA, All Grassroots football is now currently suspended until further notice, this includes friendlies and

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