The revisions for the Laws of the Game 2021/2022 are once again further refinements aimed at providing clarification to some of the more confusing laws, as well as the addition of some small yet significant laws.

Law 7 – Duration of the Match

Law 11 – Offside

Inclusion of the Law 12 definition of where the arm ends (bottom of the armpit) for the purposes of determining an offside/onside position

Law 12 – Fouls and Misconduct


(…) Not every touch of a player’s hand/arm with the ball is an offence.

It is an offence if a player:

It is an offence if a player:


Indirect Free Kick

An indirect free kick is awarded if a player:

Disciplinary Action (Cautions for Unsporting Behaviour)

There are different circumstances when a player must be cautioned for unsporting behaviour, including if a player:

The offence of using a ‘trick’ to circumvent the Law that prevents the goalkeeper from handling a deliberate kick from a team-mate will now apply at goal kicks. The goalkeeper is cautioned if responsible for initiating the ‘trick’.

Restart of Play after Fouls and Misconduct Behaviour

A free kick/penalty kick can only be awarded for an offence committed against someone on the team lists (players, substitutes, substituted players, sent-off players and team officials) or a match official. If play is stopped because of an incident involving any other person, animal, object etc. (outside agent), play restarts with a dropped ball, except where a free kick is awarded for leaving the field of play without the referee’s permission.


Non-Violent Inappropriate Behaviour (Laws 4, 5 and 12)


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