As a referee you need to understand the laws of football. IFAB has released updated editions of the Laws of the Game for 2020-2021. Some competitions might still use the 2019-2020 rules, because they won’t change rules during the season. You can find different copies below.
If you’re looking for weekly quizzes, check out the LOTG quiz page.
2019-2020 versions of laws of football
- Download a 2018-2019 copy in English of the Laws of the Game
- Old: Download a 2017-2018 copy in English of the Laws of the Game
Laws of the Game 2018-2019 in other languages
Interesting for all of you: LOTG in French, German and Spanish available now. IFAB has published these documents on their website. You can download them via the links below.
Laws of the Game 2017-2018 in other languages
Interesting for all of you: LOTG in French, German and Spanish available now. An English version was already available. IFAB has published these documents on their website. You can download them via the links below.
Download laws of the game 2016-2017
Some countries will use the new LOTG at the start of 2018. Want to get a copy of the 2016-2017 Laws of the Game? Get your copy of the Laws of the Game 2016-2017.
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.