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Information on Soccer Rules and the Laws of the Game
Soccer Rules, a description of the FIFA Laws and Regulations
for soccer referees.
See below for a downloadable version of the Soccer Rules in (pdf).
This is, without a doubt, the
most comprehensive book about soccer officiating in print.
Much more than a rules reference
book, Soccer Rules Explained is an entertaining and enlightening in-depth
appreciation of the world's most popular sport.
Internationally recognized soccer
authority Stanley Lover expertly covers each of the rules with analysis, historical
notes, anecdotes, tips on play, and commentary, while stripping away the dry-as-dust
legal language to reveal the energy and beauty of the game.
hundred photos and illustrations help illuminate all the rules. The result is
an engaging, essential primer that can be enjoyed by newcomers and seasoned players
alike, and is a must for anyone who wants to better understand the game of soccer.
Simplicity, clarity, authority: these are the three main ingredients that have made Soccer Rules Illustrated the most sought-after reference book for all levels of soccer throughout the world. Stanley Lover, with a lifetime's experience in soccer as a player, coach, referee, instructor of international referees, administrator, and writer, explains logically, clearly, and most importantly, with illustrations, the often mysterious rules of soccer.
Law 1 - The Field of Play.
This is a very Technical Law that specifies the dimensions of all the
following items: The Soccer Goal Area
The Penalty Area
The Height of the Flag Posts
The Corner Arcs
The Actual Goal - its position on the field and the size of it's posts,
crossbar and opening. The Field's Minimum and Maximum - Width & Depth, and
the circumfrance of the Center Circle.
Law 2 - The Ball.
The Qualities and Measurements of the soccer ball. How to Replace
a Defective soccer ball using the correct soccer rules, during the course of
Law 3 - The Number of Players.
The Minimums & Maximum number of players required to play
a game. Substitution Procedures
How to change a Goalkeeper during a game
Infringement of Player Substitutions
How to Restart a game after a Substituting Infringement.
Dealing with Substituting Players that are being sent off for
Law 4 - The Player's Equipment.
Safety First as mandated by the soccer rules.
The Basic Equipment Required
The Goalkeeper's Jersey Requirement
How to Deal with an Infringement of this Law.
Law 5 - The Referee.
What the Referee's Authority Covers
Powers and Duties of the Referee
The Decision of the Referee is Final
Law 6 - The Assistant Referee.
The Duties of the Asst Referee.
Law 7 - The Duration of the Match.
Periods of Play
Allowance of Lost Time
Law 8 - The Start and Restart
of Play. Pregame - coin toss
Dropped Ball to Restart play.
Law 9 - The Ball In and Out of
Play. How a ball is determined whether it is In or Out of Play.
Law 10 - The Method of Scoring.
How the ball is Scored Determining the Winning Team.
Law 11 - Offsides Soccer Rule.
The Offsides Position - "It is not an offense in itself to be in an offsides position." Determining whether a Player is in an Offsides Position
WHEN to PENALIZE a Player in an Offsides Position
The 3 exceptions to the Rule - Receive the ball from a Goalkick, Throw-in, or a Cornerkick.
Law 12 - Fouls and Misconducts.
The how and why to awarding a Direct
Free Kick The how and why to awarding an Indirect Free Kick
The how and why to awarding a Penalty
Kick CAUTIONABLE Offenses - Yellow Card
SENDING OFF Offenses - Red Card.
Law 13 - Free Kicks.
Types of Free Kicks - Direct and
Indirect Explanations of the Free Kicks.
Law 14 - The Penalty Kick.
The Reason for a Penalty Kick
Position of the Ball and Players
Penalty Kick Procedures.
Law 15 - The Throw-In.
The how and why a Throw-in
is awarded Throw-in procedures.
Law 16 - The Goal Kick.
The how and why a Goal
Kick is awarded Goal Kick procedures.
Law 17 - The Corner Kick. -
The how and why a
Corner Kick is awarded and Corner Kick procedures.
Procedures to determine the winner of a match -
Golden Goal in overtime,
Kicks from the Penalty Mark
The Technical Area -
The Players area on the side of the field,
the Coaches area on the side of the field
The Fourth Soccer Official -
See The Duties of the Fourth Official.
Additional Instructions for Soccer Referees -
In this section you will find information on soccer rules concerning certain types of plays, situations, and conduct.
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