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FIFA-LawsOfTheGame

Highlighted Updates to the Laws of the game (2016/2017 Season):
  • Law 8 – 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 11 – Offside
    • Halfway line ‘neutral’ for offside; player must be in opponents’ half
    • Players’ arms not considered when judging offside position (including goalkeeper)
    • Offside Free Kick is always taken where offense 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 Free Kick
    • Advantage for a Red Card – indirect Free Kick if offender then gets involved in play
    • Change of wording for handball so that not every handball is a Yellow Card
    • Some DOGSO (Denying Obvious Goal Scoring Opportunity) offenses in the penalty area are punished with a Yellow Card
    • Attempted violent conduct is a Red Card, even if no contact
    • Striking on head/face when not challenging an opponent is a Red Card (unless negligible)
    • Offense against substitutes, team officials, match officials etc. is now a direct Free Kick
    • Foul off the field penalized with a direct Free Kick on boundary line (penalty in own penalty area)
  • Law 16 – The Goal Kick
    • If Goal Kick is kicked into own goal, then it is a corner kick to opponents
    • An opponent in the penalty area when the goal kick is taken cannot play the ball first
  • Law 17 – The Corner Kick
    • If the Corner Kick is kicked into the kickers own goal, then it is a corner kick to opponents
    • Goal will not be counted
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    • No Heading for U12 and below
    • Restart is an Indirect Free Kick to the Opposing Team
    • Restart is taken where the offense occurred, except inside the goal area