The Laws of the Game 2019/20

Changes from 133rd AGM of the IFAB - Effective June 1, 2019

Updated Monday June 10, 2019 by KMSL.


The Laws of the Game 2019/20 come into force 1 June 2019. A number of changes were approved at the 133rd Annual General Meeting of The IFAB on 2 March this year including:

  • the introduction of yellow and red cards for misconduct by team officials
  • a player being substituted having to leave the field of play at the nearest point on the boundary line
  • at a goal kick and a free kick for the defending team in their own penalty area, the ball is in play once it is kicked, i.e. it does not have to leave the penalty area
  • clearer wording for ‘handball’
  • attacking team players must be at least 1m away from a ‘defensive wall’
  • the goalkeeper only has to have one foot on the goal line at a penalty kick
  • a new dropped ball procedure

The summary and details of all Law changes can be found here.

The full Laws of the Game 2019/20 are available here for download and are also available as a web version in the ‘Laws’ section on our website: