The International Football Association Board (IFAB) has published Laws Of The Game changes for 2015/2016.
There are no major changes, but few things are allowed now: returning substitutes and electronic performance and tracking systems. I know many refs for example who already use tracking systems on gps-watches and the returning subs are already in use in The Netherlands on lower levels – now there are officially allowed by Fifa.
Below you can find the texts that explain the new rules a bit further.
Law 3: number of player
The first Laws Of The Game changes for 2015/2016 begin on page 17 of your rulebook. The following text is added:
The use of return substitutions is only permitted in the lowest levels (grassroots/recreational) of football, subject to the agreement of the member association concerned.
And to the substitution procedure on page 18 is added after “the substituted player takes no further part in the match”: except where return substitutions are permitted.
Reason for returning subs
“The two – year experiment with “return substitutions”, conducted by The Football Association (The FA) and the Scottish Football Association (SFA), proved very successful in amateur and recreational football. The participation level of players increased significantly. Furthermore, it stopped teams from dropping out mid-way through the season and also helped players coming back from injuries.”
Law 4: The player’s equipment
A new sub-paragraph on page 70 of the Laws of the Game:
Where electronic performance and tracking systems (EPTS) are used (subject to the agreement of the member association/competition organiser concerned):
- they must not pose any danger to the players and/or match officials
- information and data transmitted from the devices/systems is not permitted to be received or used in the technical area during the match.
Reason for allowing EPTS
In the official IFAB announcement is said: “Many teams and players wear EPTS devices already for training purposes in order to control and improve their performance. Subsequently, requests were made to The IFAB to permit players to wear such devices also during matches, subject to the two criteria mentioned above.”
How do you measure how much you run during a game?
If you may change one rule in football, what would it be?