FIFA Rules

From the Rec.Sport.Soccer page.

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Federation Internationale de Football Association

Laws of the Game - Universal Guide for Guide for Referees

July 1991

(and updated with the 1992 Memorandum)

(and updated to reflect July 1993 Changes)

The version for the 1998 World Cup is located here

See also my (simple) World Cup 98 pages for scores.

Authorized by the International Football Association Board


The Laws of the Game:

  1. The Field of Play
  2. The Ball
  3. Number of Players
  4. Players' Equipment
  5. Referees
  6. Linesmen
  7. Duration of the Game
  8. The Start of Play
  9. Ball in and out of Play
  10. Method of Scoring
  11. Off-side
  12. Fouls and Misconduct
  13. Free kick
  14. Penalty kick
  15. Throw in
  16. Goal kick
  17. Corner kick

Abbreviations & other minor changes used in this rendering of the Laws:

PK=penalty-kick

GK=goal-kick

IFK=indirect free-kick

DFK=direct free=kick

"Law 3" (etc.) instead of "Law III"

In tagging these rules up it is has not been possible to keep strictly to the original document. The main problem being not being able to have lists with letters rather than numbers. Sorry.