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Basic Soccer Rules

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Soccer rules – Despite being a sport with roots reaching out to medieval and even ancient times, soccer was never really played under a set of strict rules until 1863. On 26 October, 1863 several amateur and semi-professional clubs from England gathered up in London and formed up the Football Association and devised a “constitution” […]

Managing Feinting by the Kicker at a Penalty Kick or Kick From the Mark

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In response to requests for clarification of its earlier guideline on deception at the taking of a penalty kick, the International Football Association Board (IFAB) published a circular in 2010 outlining the circumstances in which a player taking a penalty kick may act to deceive the goalkeeper by performing a “feint” between the time the […]

Sending Off and Cautionable Offenses

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A player is cautioned and shown the yellow card for committing any of the following seven offenses (actions of special concern to FIFA are displayed in bold print): …  A substitute or substituted player is cautioned and shown the yellow card if he commits any of the following three offenses: 1. is guilty of unsporting […]

Memorandum of Law Changes

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The 124th Annual General Meeting of the International Football Association Board (IFAB) took place in Zurich on 6 March 2010. The amendments to the Laws of the Game approved at this meeting and the various instructions and directives issued are listed below. The 124th Annual General Meeting of the International Football Association Board (IFAB) took […]

Interfering with the Goalkeeper’s Release of the Ball

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Law 12 (Fouls and Misconduct) includes the words “prevents the goalkeeper from releasing the ball from his hands” as an offense punishable by an indirect free kick. By tradition and interpretation, this violation is described more generally as any action by a player which interferes with the opposing goalkeeper’s ability to get the ball back […]