Laws of The Game

What do you really know about the game?

What is the Offside rule? Over and back? Law 4?..............

As observers of the game and/or interested parties we often here comments on the sidelines from parents or spectators as to a rule of the game but is it true, do they really know? All too often players do not know the law or how it applies and the expert in the seat behind you might be a master but their knowledge base is from watching EPL or Seria A on television.

Firstly the Laws of the Game are set out by the governing body FIFA. Below you will finds links to the various relevant bodies.

The Laws for MINI Soccer are set by the Ontario Soccer Association and certain leagues and club have what is referred to as local rules which are generally not approved by the govern bodies or referee associations.

The Game Official is the person in control of the game and the periods before and after. The decision of the referee is final and cannot be disputed. For a player, coach, manager or spectator to dispute a call made by a game official you are risking being booked for descent and possibly removed from the park. If requested to leave the area by a Game Official you must comply immediately and not return during the match or following the match.

The Bolton Wanderers reserve the right to apply discipline action against, registered players, coaches, managers, club members and spectators to the park. As BWSC is the stewards of the parks we have the right to request individuals or groups to vacate the parks and can apply trespass notices.

Here is a summary sheet on the Laws of the Game:

Law 1: Playing Field. The first soccer law details the shape and measurement of the playing field.  It also describes the location of the goals, the penalty spot, and the center circle.

Law 2: Ball. It details the shape, circumference, and weight of the soccer ball based on regulations.  Currently, the soccer ball must a circumference of 68 to 70 centimeters and should weigh between 410 to 450 grams.

Law 3: Players. This law specifies the number of players who can play in a soccer game.  According to regulations, a team should have 11 players on the field, a goalkeeper and 10 outfield players.

Law 4: Equipment. Each player must have the five S's:  shirt, shorts, shoes, socks, and, most importantly, shin guards.  This law emphasizes that shin guards are required and that the players’ shoes should not contain metal spikes.  Players are also prohibited to wear any jewelry or hard hair clips.

Law 5: Referees. There is only one official referee for every soccer game.  The referee controls the game and all referee decisions are considered final.

Law 6: Linesmen. There will be two linemen who are tasked to assist the referee.  The linesmen will indicate the offsides, which team should be take a corner kick, and which team will have ball possession after it goes out of play.

Law 7: Duration. A soccer game is played in two 45-minute halves.  Additional time may be added for injuries.  In the event of a tie, the game duration can be extended with two 15-minute sessions.

Law 8: Start of Game. A coin flip is done before the start of each game to determine which team kicks off.  Law 8 describes the position of each team during the start of the game.  It also details the eight situations when the game can be stopped and restarted.

Law 9: Ball In and Out. The ball is considered out of play when the referee stops the game or when the ball crosses the touchline or goal line.  Any substitution can only be done when the ball is not considered in play.

Law 10: Scoring. A goal can be scored when the ball is in play and completely crosses the goal line under the cross bar or between the goal posts.

Law 11: Offside. This soccer rule defines what an offside position is and states when a player could be penalized for being in offside position.  It also specifies the exceptions to this law.

Law 12:
Foul and Misconduct. Law 12 contradistinguishes foul from misconduct and the corresponding penalties.  It also specifies the offenses that are punishable by a red card or a yellow card.

Law 13: Free Kicks. Free kicks, either direct free kicks or indirect free kicks, are awarded for any violations stipulated in Law 12.  The opposing team must be at least 10 yards away from the kicker and the ball during all free kicks.

Law 14: Penalty Kicks. These are direct free kicks made at the penalty mark in front of a team’s goal.  In this situation, it is just between the kicker and the goalkeeper.  Penalty kicks result from intentionally committing any of soccer’s nine major offenses.

Law 15:
Throw Ins. Law 15 specifies what comprises a throw in.  It also stipulates that there is no offside offense in a throw in and that a goal resulting directly from a throw in cannot be scored.

Law 16:
Goal Kicks. This law states that a play should be restarted with a goal kick, which is done from the goal area of the defending team, after the ball has passed wholly over the goal line and was touched last by any player from the attacking team.

Law 17: Corner Kicks. In the event the ball entirely crosses the goal line and was last touched by a player from the defending team, a corner kick is taken by a player from the attacking team.  Corner kicks are done from the corner of the side of the field where the ball went out.

As a member of spectator you are subject to the Club Code of Conduct and our Zero Tolerance Policy.


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