As a referee you need to understand the laws of football. IFAB has released completely updated editions of the Laws of the Game for 2016-2017. US and Canada leagues will still use the 2015-2016 rules, because they won’t change rules during the season. You can find copies of that below.
Download laws of the game 2016-2017
Get your copy of the Laws of the Game 2016-2017.
Laws of the game 2015/2016
Click images for copies of “old” Laws of the Game, that are still used in US and Canada because they will not change the rules during the season, that starts at the beginning of the year.
You download the Laws of the game in different languages. Check the links for the 2015/2016 versions below.
- Laws of the Game (English)
- Reglas del Juego (Spanish)
- Lois du jeu (French)
- Spielregeln (German)
- Spelregels (Dutch)
Want them all? Download all 2015/2016 versions of the Laws of the Game.
Fifa only makes official releases in the langueages above. Please contact me via firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a link to another language and I’ll add it.
17 Laws of Football
Football has 17 laws in the book
- Law 1: The Field of Play
- Law 2: The Ball
- Law 3: The Number of Players
- Law 4: The Players’ Equipment
- Law 5: The Referee
- Law 6: The Assistant Referees
- Law 7: The Duration of the Match
- Law 8: The start and restart of play Law 9: Ball in and out of play
- Law 10: The Method of Scoring Law 11: Offside
- Law 12: Fouls and Misconduct
- Law 13: Free kicks (direct and indirect)
- Law 14: The Penalty Kick
- Law 15: The Throw-in
- Law 16: The Goal Kick
- Law 17: Corner kick
Law 18: use common sense
“The most important law is not written down – the so-called ‘Law 18’ – and this is about common sense. A referee may have a great knowledge and understanding of the laws, but to apply them in a correct manner is a required skill”, is how Hugh Dallas, for Scottish international referee and current member of the Uefa Referees Committee, it decribes.
Original Sheffield rules of football
Do you know for which amount of money the original rules of the game were sold for? A record breaking £881,250. Check a previous blog post for a photo of the original rule book plus the exact rules back in 1858. Want to get an idea how football looked back that day? Former Premier League referee officiated a youth game with the original rules. Quite funny story, with a referee with a high hat.