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2008 FIFA Futsal Laws of the Game – Amendments

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The 2008 FIFA Futsal Laws of the Game has been amended.

Click here to download: #1149 – Amendments to the Futsal Laws of the Game – 2008.

Evident changes to notice include:

• The law numbers have changed from 1-18 to now Laws 1 -17.

• There are now 7 infringements listed under Direct Free Kicks instead of 6 – new infringement being “Tackling an opponent.”

The 2-touch (back pass) rule has also been made clearer stating “An indirect free kick shall be awarded to the opposing team if a goalkeeper commits any of the following offences: after clearing the ball, he touches it again with his hands following a deliberate pass by a team-mate, before it has crossed the halfway line or been played or touched by an opponent.

• It also now states that Under Law 11, “following a clearance by the goalkeeper a player may pass the ball back to him using his head, chest, knee, etc. provided that he receives it after it has crossed the halfway line or has been touched or played by an opponent.

• Under “Additional instructions and Guidelines for Referees”, new text has been written under sub heading “Cautions for unsporting behavior as a result of deliberate handball.” It now states that “There are circumstances when, in addition to a direct free kick being awarded, a player must also be cautioned for unsporting behavior, e.g. when a player: “deliberately and blatantly handles the ball to prevent an opponent gaining possession “attempts to score a goal by deliberately handling the ball,” (New text) – “pretends to be playing the ball with one part of his body when he is really doing so with his hands in order to deceive the referees,” “tries to prevent a goal or deny a goal scoring opportunity with his hand when the goalkeeper is not inside his penalty area, and fails in his attempt.”

The FIFA Futsal Committee has agreed that the amendments to the Laws of the Game and the instructions and guidelines for referees should come into force as of 1 July 2008.

***Please note: Most competitions are currently being played under the 2006 FIFA Futsal Laws of the Game.

Source : Football Federation Victoria
Published : 17/7/2008

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