Laws of the Game

We have provided below the latest laws of the game as published by IFAB (the International Football Association Board).  Match officials, coaches and players should make themselves aware of any relevent changes for the 2022/23 season.  


Note that the laws for small-sided football cover a wide range of formats and each league can adapt to suite the players involved.   For those managing younger age groups, please also see the guidance on the Retreat Line, which the BCGFL applies to all games at age U10 and below.

Temporary Dismissals (Sin Bins)
Final Temporary dismissals 2019.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [5.0 MB]
The IFAB Laws of the Game 2023/24
Laws of the Game 2023_24.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [63.1 MB]
Changes to the Laws of the Game for 2023/24
Changes to the Laws of the Game 2023_24.[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [1.1 MB]
Small-Sided Football Laws of the Game
Adobe Acrobat document [1.7 MB]
FA Laws for Mini-Soccer
Adobe Acrobat document [7.6 MB]
The Retreat Line
Guidance from the FA on the application of the Retreat Line (applicable to Mini-Soccer).
Adobe Acrobat document [1.2 MB]

The FA Youth Development Review

In May 2012, The FA formally ratified some of the recommendations of the Youth Development Review. These amendments to the youth game can be found below in age-specific booklets below.  These explain specific modifications to the Laws of the Game, and identifiy the maximum formats recommended for each age group.  For this season the FA have produced a new guide, also available below, which includes playing format, match lengths, player game time, pitch & ball size & competitions.

New FA Youth Guide Booklet
Adobe Acrobat document [3.0 MB]
Under 7 and Under 8 Booklet
Adobe Acrobat document [3.6 MB]
Under 9 and Under 10 Booklet
Adobe Acrobat document [3.2 MB]
Under 11 and Under 12 Booklet
Adobe Acrobat document [3.2 MB]
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