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Laws of the Game

Something that many people don’t know, including many youth soccer players, coaches and parents, is that the rules by which soccer (football) is played are set by the IFAB (International Football Association Board) and are uniform to all soccer playing nations.  These are what FIFA, USSF (US Soccer), NHSA (New Hampshire Soccer Association of which we are members) and MSJSL all follow.

The Laws of the Game where first codified in 1886 by representatives of the football associations of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland at a time when each country applied different rules. Once established as the guardians of the Laws of the Game, The IFAB’s role was and remains to preserve, monitor, study and where appropriate improve the Laws.

MSJSL's guide to the Laws of the Game is in a series of installments.  There are complex parts to almost every law that are the source of confusion and debate among players, coaches and spectators. Our goal is to help all of our members to better understand the Laws of the Game and their application by explaining some of the commonly misunderstood parts. 

2016-2017 Laws of the Game

Law 4: Player's Equipment