History of the Laws of the Game

Ever since it was founded in the 19th century, the International Football Association Board (IFAB) has played a vital role in international football. It acts as the guardian of the Laws of the Game and is responsible for studying, modifying and overseeing any changes to it. This history of the changes to the Laws of the Game from 1863 to the present day makes for very interesting reading.


2018 AYSO Section 1 Rules and Regulations

All play within Section 1 will be in accordance with to the current FIFA Laws of the Game, AYSO National Rules and Regulations and these Section 1 Rules and Regulations.

UPDATE: By direction of the Section 1 Board of Directors, effective 12 Mar 2018, heading is not permitted in 12U for all Programs (Core, Extra and All-Star).

2018 AYSO Section 1 Championship Games Rules of Competition

Additional guidance for all Playoff games in Section 1. This guidance is in addition to the current FIFA Laws of the Game, AYSO National Rules and Regulations and Section 1 Rules and Regulations.

2018 AYSO National EXTRA Rules & Regulations

AYSO National Rules and Regulations of EXTRA Program Play for a competitive youth soccer program within AYSO.

Section 1 Player Development Initiative (PDI) Implementation

The Player Development Initiative and Heading implementation for Section 1 Playoffs follows the AYSO National Rules & Regulations in effect at the beginning of each competition.  Additionally, our own Area 1P staff has created a video presentation of the implementation of the Build-Out Line for Coaches & Referees.

Section 1 Match Suspension Policy

On those rare occasions where scheduled Section 1 matches cannot be completed due to elements beyond anyone’s control, the outcomes of these matches are determined by this Section 1 policy.

AYSO Severe Weather Play — National Policies & Associated Guidelines

Certain weather conditions can pose risk proper planning assures that potential emergency situations are appropriately addressed. This document provides basic guidelines for AYSO volunteers and organizers in dealing with severe weather conditions.

2018 AYSO National Rules and Regulations

This is the official version of the AYSO Rules & Regulations. The National Rules & Regulations describe how AYSO conducts age specific programs and games including expectations for participation, details on team formation and registration requirements.

These rules may be amended or supplemented by Section and/or Area rules.

2018-19 AYSO Addendum to the IFAB Laws of the Game

This addendum to the IFAB Laws of the Game defines the AYSO changes that are approved within FIFA’s authorization that allows Federations to modify:

  • Size of the field of play
  • Width between the goalposts and height of the crossbar from the ground
  • Size, weight and material of the ball
  • Duration of the periods of play
  • Substitutions

2018-2019 IFAB Laws Of The Game

The 132nd Annual General Meeting (AGM) of The IFAB was held at Home of FIFA in Zurich, Switzerland on Saturday 3 March 2018. These amendments to the Laws of the Game approved at this meeting come into force on 1 June 2018.

2018 Changes to the Laws of the Game

The IFAB description of the changes found in the 2018 Laws of the Game.

2018 Cautions-Sendoffs Offenses Memorandum

The updated Codes for Cautionable and Sending-Off Offenses according to the 2018-2019 LOTG are posted. Note that this tool is no longer referred to as 7v7 given the increase in the LOTG of players’ cautionable offenses as well as the inclusion of the cautionable offenses by substitutes.


2018 FIFA Reglas de Juego

La 132ª Reunión General Anual (AGM) de IFAB se celebró en la sede de la FIFA en Zurich, Suiza, el sábado 3 de marzo de 2018. Estas enmiendas a las Reglas de Juego aprobadas en esta reunión entran en vigor el 1 de junio de 2018.

2018 Cambios en las Leyes del Juego

La descripción IFAB de los cambios encontrados en las Leyes del Juego 2018.

Updated: October 11, 2018 at 12:32 PM