IFAB Changes to Laws of the Game

Law 3 - The Players - Substituted player must leave at nearest boundary line unless otherwise directed by referee. Presidio Rule includes no player shall leave field into the opposing team’s sideline. They must leave on their own sideline or at the closest end line

Law 8 - Start and Restart – Team that wins coin-toss may choose to take the kick-off

Law 8 - Start and Restart - Play stopped inside the Penalty Area, the ball is dropped to goalkeeper. Play stopped outside the Penalty Area, the ball is dropped for one player of team that last touched ball at the location of the last touch. All players (both teams) must be at least 4.5 yards away

Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct - Hand Ball text has been written for greater clarity and consistency for when non-deliberate handball should and should not be penalized. If goalkeeper unsuccessfully kicks or tries to kick the ball into play, from throw-in or deliberate pass from teammate; the goalkeeper can handle the ball

Law 13 - Free Kicks – Defending team free kick in their penalty area, the ball is in play once it is kicked. Defensive “wall” of at least 3 players, all attacking team players must be 1 yard from the “wall”; IDFK if they encroach

Law 15 - Throw In – Opponents must be at least 2 yards from the point on the touchline where a throw-in is to be taken

Law 16 - Goal Kick – Ball is in play once it is kicked and clearly moves. It does not have to leave Penalty Area

There are additional changes, we only highlighted a few that will affect Presidio and SDDA. For more information and to read “ALL” the actual IFAB changes - go to our website and click on “Laws of the Game”.


Presidio Rule Changes

No small sided heading, Heading allowed 11v11 only

Parent Ejection Rule

No 7v7 SDDA. Presidio AAA, AA-A, AA-B, AA-C


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