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IFAB Rule Changes In Effect for all TCSL Competitions!

Effective in the TCSL Winter League, Minnesota Girls NPL, and the forthcoming Summer 2020 season, these new laws are in effect! The changes are summarized below.

What is IFAB?

The International Football Association Board (IFAB) is the body that determines the Laws of the Game. It is a separate body from FIFA, but FIFA’s approval is necessary for any IFAB decision.

FIFA recently announced changes to the Laws of the Game for 2019-20. The changes are substantial.

This document is also helpful which summarizes the changes as well as rationale for each change.

Law Changes Video – Part 1

Substitution Mechanics

A player who is being substituted must leave the field by the nearest point on the touchline/goal line (unless the referee indicates the player can leave quickly/ immediately at the halfway line or a different point because of safety, injury etc.)


The team that wins the coin toss can now choose to take the kick-off or which goal to attack (previously they only had the choice of which goal to attack)

Dropped Ball

If the referee is about to issue a YC/RC but the non-offending team takes the free kick quickly and creates a goal-scoring opportunity, the referee can delay the YC/RC until the next stoppage if the offending team was not distracted by the referee

Wall Management

When there is a ‘wall’ of three or more defenders, the attackers are not allowed within 1m (1 yd) of the wall; an attacker less than 1m (1yd) from the ‘wall’ when the kick is taken will be penalized with an indirect free kick

Goal Kicks/Free Kicks Inside Penalty Area

Law Changes Video – Part 2

Team Officials May Now Be Cautioned (YC) or Sent Off (RC)

Law Changes Video – Part 3

Handling Definitions