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2019-20 Laws of the Game General Information Sessions

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In March of this year, the International Football Association Board approved several changes to the Laws of the Game. The IFAB, the independent and international guardians of the laws of the game made these changes after a two-year study and experimentation in an effort to make the laws more practical in some cases and more clear in others.

The changes were in effect as of June 1 for international play and you saw many of them enforced during the FIFA Women’s World Cup and the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Other associations and leagues are allowed to implement them at a natural break. We will implement them for the 2019-20 seasonal year, starting August 1, 2019. This will allow for a breaking in period for referees, coaches and players prior to the start of league seasons in September.

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2019-20 Laws of the Game General Information Sessions
August 21, 2019: Lancaster Bible College (Sebastian Academic Center) – 7:00pm
August 22, 2019: Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer (Plymouth Meeting) - 7:00pm
August 28, 2019: Vereinigung Erzegebirge Soccer Club (130 Davisville Rd, Warminster, PA 18974) – 8:00pm

Please read through the document in its entirety to learn the new rules. A few brief points to note are:

  • The introduction of red and yellow cards for misconduct of team officials. 
  • A player being substituted leaving the field 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 as soon the kick is taken (it can be played before it leaves the penalty area).   
  • Other changes include: clearer wording for ‘handball’, attacking team players must be at least 1 yard away from a defensive ‘wall’, the goalkeeper only has to have one foot on the goal line at a penalty kick, and a new dropped ball procedure (including a dropped ball being awarded if the ball hits a match official and goes into the goal, team possession changes or a promising attack starts).
  •  All substitution will be with the referee’s permission and will no longer require possession or during specific stoppages in play.

These rules are universal and will be used in leagues, tournaments, national and international events. 
To assist everyone in learning and making the necessary adjustments, we will be offering educational sessions throughout the state over the next month. Presently, we are scheduling general sessions, but will make ourselves available for specifically requested meetings. Attendance at these events is highly recommended for at least one official from your league or club. To be clear, anyone who wishes to attend any of these events is welcome to do so.

Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer
4070 Butler Pike, Suite 100
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
P: 610.238.9966
F: 610.238.9933
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