Saturday, 2 March 2019

133rd Annual General Meeting of The IFAB: sensible changes to make the game better

Today the International Football Association Board (IFAB) held its 133rd Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Aberdeen, Scotland. The meeting was chaired by the President of the Scottish Football Association (SFA), Alan McRae and was attended by representatives from FIFA and the football associations of England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Discussions focused on several areas aimed at fine-tuning the Laws for the benefit of the game as well as an assessment of the use of Video Assistant Referees (VARs).

On the topic of defining handball, a decision was taken by The IFAB to provide a more precise and detailed definition for what constitutes handball, in particular with regard to the occasions when a non-deliberate/accidental handball will be penalised. For example a goal scored directly from the hand/arm (even if accidental) and a player scoring or creating a goal-scoring opportunity after having gained possession/control of the ball from their hand/arm (even if accidental) will no longer be allowed.

Following experiments in different parts of the world, the AGM also approved changes to the Laws of the Game related to a player being substituted having to leave the field of play at the nearest boundary line, yellow and red cards for misconduct by team officials and the ball not having to leave the penalty area at goal kicks and defending team free kicks in the penalty area.

Additional approved Law changes included: measures to deal with attacking players causing problems in the defensive ‘wall’, changing the dropped ball procedure, giving a dropped ball in certain situations when the ball hits the referee and the goalkeeper only being required to have one foot on the line at a penalty kick.

Following the historic decision taken a year ago at the 132nd IFAB AGM to approve the use of VARs, the FIFA President Gianni Infantino in unity with fellow members of The IFAB expressed their satisfaction with the significant impact and success VAR has had. Partly as a result of its success in the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ in Russia, VAR is now an accepted part of football and has brought greater fairness to the game without any significant interruption with reviews on average taking just over a minute once every three games. The members were also updated on the current worldwide use of VARs and The IFAB/FIFA approval process which all competitions wishing to use VARs must complete and it was agreed that FIFA, together with The IFAB, will continue to drive and assist the global implementation of VAR.

Plans were announced for a comprehensive digitalisation programme to support FIFA and The IFAB in the process of education of Refereeing and the Laws of the Game as well as throughout the football community. As part of The IFAB’s play fair! initiative the AGM also agreed to continue to explore ways in which the Laws of the Game can be used to improve on-field behaviour and, now that the major Law revision period is drawing to a close, increase football and the wider public’s understanding and appreciation of the Laws of the Game and the role of the referee.



  1. OT

    The Ramos-Messi incident just before half-time. Undiano simply whistled for half-time, Ramos is still on the pitch.

    1. A classic malicious action by Sergio Ramos, who is able to do such things in a very "clever" manner.
      No matter that Undiano whistled the end of first half, in case of clear violent conduct Mateu could have intervened, therefore one must agree with VAR because there wasn't the evidence of a clear and deliberate action against Messi.

  2. Torreira's red card in the North London derby:

    1. Fully correct decision by Anthony Taylor, well done!

  3. Serbian derby Crvena Zvezda - Partizan
    Danilo Grujic, Uros Stojkovic, Milan Mihajlovic
    Not the best evening for the whole team.

    1:21 Goal dissallowed for offside. Situation from other angle

    2:22 - First conflict, correct YCs to people that started it.

    2:44 - Allowed goal but the real question is who played the ball last? If that was Partizan player goal should be dissallowed since the n9 is in offside position.

    5:22 - Missed RC for VC? After that another big conflict, Number 9 from Partizan deserved RC after all this but got only YC which is suprising for me.

    Penalty or not? Situation is not in the video.


    Sky Sports is suggesting that rebounds from penalties will be no more, but the piece of news on IFAB's website on Saturday did not report that. Where ise Sky taking this info from?

    1. Marca published the same thing, but nobody else out there seems to have done so.

      Sky updated their article to state "This is an updated and corrected version of this article. The first edition mistakenly referred to a rule in relation to penalties which will not come into effect."

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