Category Archives: Education

Goal Kick Law Guidance

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At first glance it appears that an offence has been committed but IFAB have taken a different view. The original back pass rule was designed to stop time wasting and the 'back pass' on display from the goal kick doesn't slow down play.

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IFAB have published the first ever official Laws of the Game mobile application.

This is a major milestone in their strategy to make the Laws much more accessible to all football stakeholders and to improve understanding and communication and to offer an alternative format to the book. 

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The following summarises the main Law changes for 2019/20 with an explanation for the changes (in alphabetical order).

Dropped ball - Laws 8 & 9


  • If play is stopped inside the penalty area, the ball will be dropped for the goalkeeper
  • If play is
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