Wednesday, September 26, 2018


The Laws of the Game are authorized on an annual basis by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) and provided by the Fédération Internationale de Football Associations (FIFA).

The Laws of the Game are organized as follows:

  • Law 1 – The Field of Play
  • Law 2 – The Ball
  • Law 3 – The Number of Players
  • Law 4 – The Players' Equipment
  • Law 5 – The Referee
  • Law 6 – The Assistant Referees
  • Law 7 – The Duration of the Match
  • Law 8 – The Start and Restart of Play
  • Law 9 – The Ball In and Out of Play
  • Law 10 – The Method of Scoring
  • Law 11 – Offside
  • Law 12 – Fouls and Misconduct
  • Law 13 – Free Kicks
  • Law 14 – The Penalty Kick
  • Law 15 – The Throw-in
  • Law 16 – The Goal Kick
  • Law 17 – The Corner Kick

FIFA Laws of the Game Manual

FIFA Interpretation of the Laws Document

FIFA Laws of the Game Made Easy




Soccer is a very difficult game to play well, and it takes decades of practice, training, and game play to master
the many physical, technical, and tactical demands of the game. To ensure that our youngest players have the
opportunity to experience an appropriate balance of success and challenge, our games use Modified Laws for
Youth Soccer as required by US Youth Soccer and US Soccer. 

As players mature (physically, cognitively, socially, and emotionally), we introduce more of the “normal” playing
rules found in the official FIFA Laws of the Game that regulate adult soccer, and that become the standard for
competitive play at the U13 and older age groups in youth soccer. You can see the latest edition of the FIFA


Laws of the Game on the US Soccer website.


Modified Laws of the Game U6

Modified Laws of the Game U8

Modified Laws of the Game U10