2024-2025 Laws of the Game changes in football

2024-2025 Laws of the Game changes in football are announced. Below you’ll find an outline summary  of Law changes.

No big changes. Most interesting for referees is info non-deliberate handball and DOGSO, shin guards (but remains quite general) and different approach on encroachment in line with VAR.

Download a full pdf for the LOTG 2024-2025 (in English).

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 offences 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)

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