Summary of the 2007 Changes

           To the Laws of the Game



The 121st Annual General Meeting of the International Football Association Board (IFAB) was held March 3rd in Manchester, England. The 2007 revisions to the Laws of the Game and Decisions of the IFAB become mandatory on July 1st. Additional Instructions are effective immediately. A summary of the 2007 changes follows (quotations are italicized; new or revised wording is in bold text; deleted text has a strikethrough; comments are the author’s).


Law 1 – The Field of Play, Decision 4

There should be no advertising of any kind on the ground within the technical area or within one metre from the touchline and outside the field of play on the ground. Further, no advertising shall be allowed in the area between the goal line and the goal nets.

Law 4 – The Players’ Equipment; Basic Equipment

The basic compulsory equipment of a player comprises the following separate items:

Comment: This is not a license to inspect undergarments, but applies to any visible part of the undergarment.

Law 4 – The Players’ Equipment; Basic Equipment, Decision 1

Comment: Details of violation of the above must be included in the referee’s game report.

The Fourth Official; Reserve Assistant Referee

Additional Instructions for Referees, Assistant Referees and Fourth Officials

Celebration of a goal (3rd paragraph)

Bill Mason, FIFA Law Interpreter for the
American Youth Soccer Organization                                               


Summary of 2006 Changes