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12014-15 Amendments U.S. Soccer Federation Referee Program Each year, the International Football Association Board, also known as the IFAB, meets to discuss and adopt changes to the Laws of the Game and the Interpretation of the Laws of the Game and Guidelines for Referees.This presentation is on the Amendments to the Laws of the Game.U.S. Soccer Federation Referee ProgramAmendments to the Laws of the GameJune 2014
2IFAB International Football Association Board Laws of the Game Interpretations of the Laws of the Game and Guidelines for RefereesThe 128th Annual General Meeting took place on March 1, 2014Edits in boldThe International Football Association Board is the only organization that can make or modify the Laws of the Game or the Interpretations of the Laws of the Game and Guidelines for Referees.Please note that edits found in the Laws of the Game or the Interpretations of the Laws of the Game and Guidelines for Referees appear in bold.
3Changes Laws of the Game Law 4 – Decision 1 Interpretation of the Laws of the Game and Guidelines for RefereesLaw 4 – Other EquipmentThis year, two changes in particular are being highlighted.First, Decision 1 in Law 4 of the Laws of the Game was expanded.And second, Other Equipment in Law 4 of the Interpretations of the Laws of the Game and Guidelines for referees was amended to include information on head covers.
4Law 4 – Decision 1Decision 1 is now reorganized and expanded to include slogans and images as they relate to political, religious or personal messages on the basic compulsory equipment.If this restriction is violated, the team will be sanctioned and that action can only be taken by the competition organizer or by FIFA.The second section of Decision 1 focuses entirely on undergarments.As with the basic equipment, allowing an undergarment to display any slogan, statement or image which is political, religious, or personal in nature or is a commercial advertisement other than a manufacturer’s logo is prohibited.Again, if this restriction is violated, the player as well as the player’s team will be sanctioned by the competition organizer or by FIFA.
5Law 4 – Decision 1 Referee not responsible for enforcement Full details included in the match reportDecision also applies to substitutes and substituted playersReferee’s concern is only the display of prohibited language/imagesCaution if deemed dissentSend-off if deemed offensive, insulting or abusiveThe responsibility for enforcing either restriction arising from Decision 1 falls to the competition authority, not to the referee.However, for such enforcement to be properly supported, the referee must include in the match report full details of what was displayed and the circumstances of the display.Decision 1 applies equally to players, substitutes and substituted players.Note that the decision only applies to a public display by a player revealing prohibited language or images during the period of time in which the referee has authority over the conduct of the players.The referee should only take action if the slogan, statement or image was additionally deemed to be dissent (caution) or offensive, insulting or abusive (send-off).
6Law 4 – Other EquipmentTwo years ago, the IFAB approved a pilot project regarding the wearing of head coverings by female players.Certain restrictions on this equipment were outlined and published at that time.Head covers are now officially included in what may be considered approved other equipment provided the head covering meets the listed requirements.While the pilot was specific to female players, the wearing of head coverings is now extended to male players as well.In conjunction with the requirements listed, player safety should be the primary concern when determining if a head cover is permitted.
7Law 4 – Other Equipment Not required for all players Any head covers worn must be the same color and same typeGoalkeeper exceptionMay wear black or colored head cover matching the goalkeeper’s jerseyIt is not required that all players on a team wear or not wear head covers; only that any head covers worn meet the listed requirements.If more than one player on a team is wearing a head cover, they must be the same color across the team.Per the requirements, this means the head covers must be either black or matching the main color of the jersey.An exception can be made for a goalkeeper to wear either a black head cover or a head cover which is the same main color as the goalkeeper’s jersey even if neither of these colors matches the head covers worn by the goalkeeper’s teammates.
8ImplementationJune 1, 2014Confederations or member associations whose current season has not ended by this date may delay the introduction of the adopted alterations to the Laws of the Game in their competitions until the beginning of their next seasonAll changes are in effect on June 1, 2014.Note that those competitions whose current season has not ended by this date may delay introducing these changes until the start of the next season.
9Resource CenterA complete version of the Amendments to the Laws of the Game can be downloaded in the Downloads section of the Resource Center at ussoccer.comLaws of the Game and the Interpretation of the Laws of the GamePlease visit the Resource Center at ussoccer.com for more information on this year’s amendments to the Laws of the Game.The most recent copy of the Laws of the Game and the Interpretation of the Laws of the Game and Guidelines for Referees can also be found in the Resource Center.
10Review QuestionIf a player is seen during pre-game warmups wearing a shirt with visible political slogans, should the referee include this information in the match report?YesNo
11Review QuestionShould a player and/or the team of a player be sanctioned by the competition authority if the player lifts his or her jersey to reveal an undershirt displaying a large commercial logo which is not associated with the undershirt’s manufacturer?YesNo
12Review QuestionIf a player violates Decision 1 of Law 4, who has the ability to take action against the player?FIFAThe competition authorityThe referee if the violation is deemed misconductAll of the above
13Review QuestionWhich of the following is not a requirement for a head cover?It must be black or match the main color of the team's jerseyIt must not have an opening/closing mechanism around the neckIt must not have any projectionsIts use is limited to female players
14Review QuestionWith the exception of a goalkeeper, are two players from the same team allowed to wear two different colored head covers?YesNo