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Apr, 2024

Law Changes 2024/25

Law 1 – The Field of Play
- Clarification that the goal line technology (GLT) indication that a goal has been scored can be communicated via the referee's earpiece/headset

Law 3 – The Players
- The use of additional permanent concussion substitutions is now available to competitions
- Each team must have a captain who wears an identifying armband

Law 4 – The Players' Equipment
- Clarification that players are responsible for the size and suitability of their shinguards
- Clarification of the requirements for the captain's compulsory armband
- Reference to gloves to be included under 'Other equipment'
- Reference to tracksuit bottoms for goalkeepers to be removed from 'Compulsory equipment' and included under 'Other equipment'

Law 12 – Fouls and Misconduct
- Clarification that non-deliberate handball offenses for which penalties are awarded are to be sanctioned in the same way as fouls which are an attempt to play the ball or a challenge for the ball

Law 14 – The Penalty Kick
- Clarification that part of the ball must touch or overhang the centre of the penalty mark
- Encroachment by players will be penalised only if it has an impact (same philosophy as goalkeeper encroachment)


Guidelines for temporary dismissals (sin bins)

- the guidelines have been revised, including, most notably, to specify that a temporarily dismissed player can return to the field of only during a stoppage and to simplify System B

For complete clarification, visit: Law changes 2024/25 Documents 


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Flower Mound, Texas 75022

Phone: 214-850-0664
Email: [email protected]

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