Law changes 22/23

Individual Law changes

Law 3. The Players

  • The temporary amendment giving ‘top’ competitions the option of allowing teams to use up to five substitutes (with limited substitution opportunities) becomes part of Law 3
  • Competition rules may now allow a maximum of fifteen substitutes to be named

Law 8. The Start and Restart of Play

  • Clarification that the referee tosses the coin to determine the ‘ends’ and kick‑off

Law 10. Determining the Outcome of a Match

  • Clarification that a team official may be cautioned or sent off during kicks from the penalty mark

Law 12. Fouls and Misconduct

  • Clarification about handball offences by the goalkeeper in their own penalty area
  • Clarification about the position of a free kick awarded when a player leaves the field of play without the referee’s permission and then commits an offence against an outside agent 

Law 14. The Penalty Kick

  • Clarification about the position of the goalkeeper before and when a penalty kick is taken