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Laws of the Game - 2020-21 Updates

The International Football Association Board (IFAB). The following are the changes to the Laws of the Game for the 2020/21 edition.  Next, see the IFAB's graphic which shows what IS Handball and what IS NOT Handball in the 2020/21 season:

IFAB Handball

IFAB Handball

This picture "clearly highlights" how the IFAB have decided to help officials make their future handball decisions.

HERE ARE THE LAW CHANGES FOR SEASON 2020/21

For each change, the new/amended/additional wording is given, together with the old wording, where appropriate – followed by an explanation of the change.

LAW 1 – THE FIELD OF PLAY

10 – GOALS

AMENDED TEXT

The goalposts and crossbar must be made of approved material. They must be square, rectangular, round or a combination of these shapes and must not be dangerous

Explanation – The goalposts and crossbar may be a combination of the four basic shapes.

LAW 2 – THE BALL

  1. REPLACEMENT OF A DEFECTIVE BALL

AMENDED TEXT

If the ball becomes defective;

  • Play is stopped and restarted with a dropped ball.

Explanation – Wording changed to be consistent with Law 8

LAW 4 – THE PLAYERS EQUIPMENT

  1. Other equipment – Electronic performance and tracking systems (EPTS)

AMENDED TEXT

Electronic performance and tracking systems (EPTS)

Where wearable technology (WT) as part of electronic performance and tracking systems (EPTS) is used in matches played in an official competition organised under the auspices of FIFA, confederations or national football associations, the competition organiser must ensure that the technology attached to the players’ equipment is not dangerous and meets one of the following standards; IMS (International Match Standard) or FIFA Quality

The institutes conducting these tests are subject to the approval of FIFA. Where provided by the match or competition organiser, it is the responsibility of that match or competition organiser ensure that the information and data transmitted from EPTS to the technical area during matches played in an official competition are reliable and accurate.

The following mark indicates that an EPTS (wearable or optical) has been officially tested to the requirements in terms of reliability and accuracy of positional data in football.

Explanation – Wording reflects updates to the FIFA performance standards for EPTS devices

LAW 10 – DETERMINING THE OUTCOME OF A MATCH

  1. KICKS FROM THE PENALTY MARK

AMENDED TEXT

Kicks from the penalty mark are taken after the match has ended and unless otherwise stated, the relevant Laws of the Game apply. A player who has been sent off during the match is not permitted to take part; warnings and cautions issued during the match are not carried forward into kicks from the penalty mark.

Explanation – Cautions (YCs) and warnings issued during the match (including during extra time) are not carried forward because kicks from the penalty mark (KFPM) are not part of the match. A player who receives a YC during both the match and the KFPM is not sent off (during the KFPM or for disciplinary purposes)

  1. KICKS FROM THE PENALTY MARK

AMENDED TEXT – During kicks from the penalty mark

If the goalkeeper commits an offence and, as a result, the kick is retaken, the goalkeeper is warned for the first offence and cautioned for any subsequent offence(s)

If both the goalkeeper and the kicker commit an offence at the same time; the kick is recoded as missed and the kicker cautioned.

Explanation

  • Most goalkeeper encroachment results from mis-anticipating when the ball will be kicked, so the goalkeeper should be warned for a first offence but must be cautioned for any further offence(s) at the retaken kick and/or any subsequent kick.
  • When (rarely) the goalkeeper and the kicker offend at exactly the same time, the kicker should be penalised, as it is the ‘illegal’ feinting that causes the goalkeeper’s encroachment.
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