LAWS OF THE GAME



There are 17 Laws in the game of soccer. These laws are for the adult level of play (professional leagues, World Cup, etc.) Individual leagues have some ability to modify some of the rules, i.e., length of the game, number of players on the field, etc.

We plan to post one law on this page periodically to help LMSC members better understand these laws. We plan to post them in order of importance. Remember that the laws posted here are NOT necessarily what our youth players play by.

CLICK HERE to see the complete 200+ page Laws Of The Game as put together by the Internation Football Association Board (IFAB), based in Switzerland. IFAB publishes the Laws of the Game in English, French, German and Spanish.





Click Here To Read About Law 11 - Offside
  • The most important thing to remember is the difference between being in an offside position and being called for offside
  • Offside is determined by the position of the player's head, body or feet, but NOT the hands or arms.
  • There is no offside offense if a player receives the ball directly from a goal kick, throw-in or corner kick.
  • If an offside offence occurs, the referee will award an INDIRECT free kick from where the offense occurred, including if it is in the player's own half of the field of play.
  • The offense is "offside," NOT "offsides." There is no 's' at the end of the word.


Click Here To Read About Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct
  • When considering a handball offence, the upper boundary of the arm is in line with the bottom of the armpit. Not every touch of a player's hand / arm with the ball is an offence.
  • Some offences result in a DIRECT free kick, while other offences result in an INDIRECT free kick.
  • Some offences may result in a Caution (yellow card) while others may result in a Sending-off (red card).


Click Here To Read About Law 14 - Free Kicks
  • Some free kicks are "direct" while others are "indirect."
  • A free kick issued to the defending team in their own goal area may be taken from anywhere inside the goal area.
  • For a free kick issued to the attacking team inside their opponent's goal area, the ball will be spotted at the nearest point on the goal area line which runs parallel to the goal line.
  • The ball must be stationary when the free kick is taken. The kicker may not play the ball again until it has touched another player.
  • Defenders must be at least 10 yards from the free kick unless they are on their own goal line between the goalposts.
  • When three or more defending players for a wall, all attacking players must be at least one year from the wall until the ball is in play.





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