Cookie policy


Münstergasse 9
8001 Zürich, Switzerland


For any definition used in this Cookie Policy, please refer to our Terms of Service, our Privacy Policy and the definitions below. Please read the following to learn more about our Cookie Policy and the ways in which we use Cookies before you proceed with the use of our digital platforms.

We use Cookies and similar technologies in order to distinguish you from other users. By using Cookies, we are able to provide you with a better experience and to improve our digital platforms by better understanding how you use them. Please read this Cookie Policy carefully and ensure that you understand it. Your acceptance of our Cookie Policy is deemed to occur if you continue using our digital platforms or when you press the “I agree” button on our Cookie pop-up.

Date of issue of this Cookie Policy: version May 2018

What are Cookies?

“Cookie” means small data files, which are transferred to a computer’s hard disk in order to memorise information like registration IDs and passwords. A Cookie will typically contain the name of the domain from which the Cookie has originated, the “lifetime” of the Cookie and various values. The Cookies are placed on your computer or device by our digital platforms when you visit certain parts of our digital platforms and/or when you use certain features of our digital platforms.

“Cookie Law” means the relevant parts of the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003, EU Regulation 2016/679 General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), the Swiss Telecommunications Act and Ordinance and other applicable laws in this context.

How do our digital platforms use Cookies and web analytic tools?

When you visit our digital platforms, we will use Cookies to collect information. First-Party Cookies are those placed directly by us and are used only by us. We have carefully chosen these Cookies and have taken steps to ensure that your privacy and personal data is protected and respected at all times. Third parties may also set and use Cookies to access your computer. Please refer specifically to each third-party website and statements of Cookies to understand their procedures for collecting, using and disclosing personal information through their Cookies. All Cookies we use by and on our digital platforms are used in accordance with current Cookie Law. We also use Cookies which are strictly necessary. A Cookie falls into this category if it is essential to the operation of our digital platforms, supporting functions such as logging in, your shopping basket, shipping details and payment transactions.

Our digital platforms also use web analytic tools. Web analytic tools refer to a set of tools used to collect and analyze anonymous usage information, enabling us to better understand how our digital platforms are used. This enables us to track how you reach and use our digital platforms and to improve our digital platforms and the services offered through them. The web analytic tools used by our digital platforms also use Cookies to gather the required information.

What Cookies, web analytic tools and social plug-ins do our digital platforms use?

The following Cookies are used by our digital platforms:

Name of Cookie

Purpose & Type

This Cookie is used to help us provide you with a personalised experience on


The following First-Party Cookies may be placed on your computer or device:

Category of Cookie

Purpose & Type

Session Cookies

Session Cookies are temporary and only remain on your computer or device from the point at which you visit our digital platforms until you close your browser. Session Cookies are deleted when you close your browser.

Permanent Cookies

Permanent Cookies are those which remain on your computer or device for a predetermined period and are activated each time you visit our digital platforms.

Functional Cookies

Functional Cookies enable us to provide additional functions to you on our digital platforms such as personalisation and remembering your saved preferences. Some Functional Cookies may also be strictly necessary Cookies, but not all of them necessarily fall into that category.


The following Third-Party Cookies and tracking tools may be placed on your computer or device:

Name of Cookie

Purpose & Type


Google Analytics. Used to evaluate request rate.


Google Analytics. Used to distinguish users.


Google Analytics. Used to distinguish users.

Third-Party Cookies are not placed by us. Instead, they are placed by third parties that provide services to us and/or to you. Third-Party Cookies may be used by advertising services to serve up tailored advertising to you on our website, or by third parties providing analytics services to us and for functional purposes.

The following analytic tools are used:



Website Links

Google Analytics

Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA, USA


Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA, USA


The following social plug-ins are used:



Website Links


Facebook Inc., Campus Building, Menlo Park, California, USA


Twitter Inc., 1355 Market Street, Suite 900,
San Francisco, CA 94103, USA


Consent and control

Before Cookies are placed on your computer or device [except for the Cookies which are strictly necessary], you will be shown a pop-up on our website informing you about our use of Cookies. By pressing the “I agree” button on our Cookie pop-up or by continuing using our digital platforms, you are giving your consent to the placing of Cookies and enabling us to provide the best possible experience and service to you. You may, if you wish, disable the placing of Cookies in your internet browser. Most internet browsers also enable you to choose whether you wish to disable all Cookies or only Third-Party Cookies. By default, most internet browsers accept Cookies but this can be changed. For further details, please consult the Help menu in your internet browser or the documentation that came with your device.

All mainstream browsers provide instructions on how to control Cookies (e.g. Google Chrome:, Microsoft, Internet Explorer:, Safari: etc.).

However, if you disable all or certain Cookies, some of the features of our digital platforms may not function fully or as intended, and you may lose any information that enables you to access our website more quickly and efficiently including, but not limited to, personalisation settings.

Data protection

Please refer to Privacy Policy

Changes to this Cookie Policy

This Cookie Policy may be amended from time to time. If we amend this Cookie Policy, an updated version will be immediately placed on our website and you will be deemed to have accepted the terms of the amended Cookie Policy on your first use of our digital platforms following the alterations. Our website may also provide notices of changes to this Cookie Policy or other matters by displaying notices or links to notices to you generally on or within our digital platforms.


If you have any questions about our digital platforms or this Cookie Policy, please contact us by email to [email protected] or by post to The International Football Association Board (IFAB), Münstergasse 9, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland.


In the event that the provisions of this Cookie Policy conflict with the provisions of a Third-Party Cookie Policy on our digital platforms, the provisions of this Cookie Policy shall prevail.

Jurisdiction and applicable Law

This Cookie Policy and all matters arising out of or related to this Cookie Policy shall be governed by the substantive laws of Switzerland, excluding any conflicts of laws and principles thereof.

Any controversy, claim or dispute between you and The IFAB arising out of or relating to this Cookie Policy shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the ordinary courts of Zurich, Switzerland, and, if possible, of the Commercial Court of the Canton of Zurich, Switzerland (Handelsgericht des Kantons Zürich), and each party hereby irrevocably consents to the jurisdiction and venue of such court.