FIFA Soccer Rules
Laws of the Game

FIFA soccer rules are actual laws used during soccer practice and games. They are the standard rules of soccer you will find everywhere people play soccer. They represent what I call the “Constitution of Soccer”.

FIFA rules of soccer are also called theLaws of the Game.” They originated from the Cambridge rules written in 1863.

The acronym FIFA stands for Federation Internationale de Football Association (in French), or International Federation of Association Football (in English). This is the governing body of soccer which oversees these rules.

Each young player should have a good understanding of the FIFA soccer rules. The interpretation of the rules can be tricky to understand and apply during a soccer game.

This is why young players should get help from their coaches, parents, and teammates to better understand these rules.

FIFA Laws of the Game

FIFA soccer rules present the Constitution of Soccer with seventeen (17) basic rules. They cover topics such as the field of play, the ball, the players, the referee and his assistants, the fouls and misconduct, direct and indirect, etc.

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The Laws of the Game are revised each year by FIFA and they represent the actual rules of soccer. The association members of FIFA use these Laws of the game during different national soccer competitions.

These competitions may be: national championship league, national championship cup, youth league, woman soccer competitions, etc. Each member of FIFA applies the law of game in all its soccer competitions.

International soccer competitions and games obey FIFA rules of soccer without exception. The same Laws are used during the World Cup soccer series for men, women, and youths.

The standard rules are applied during the games according to FIFA rules of soccer.

The FIFA rules of soccer can be found in the FIFA official site. The site includes details, explanations, and illustrations. Even though a great deal of information is presented, it can be difficult to interpret and understand the rules.

Local Rules of Soccer

Each time the FIFA rules of soccer are modified to adapt to a specific competition, they become local rules of soccer. Many of them exist today in different countries, states, and on regional and local levels.

Some local rules of soccer concern the size of the ball and other topics. The FIFA standard ball is a size 5 (68.5–69.5 cm circumference). In the US, the ball is size 4 for ages 8 to 11 (63.5–66.0 cm). Ball size 3 is for youths less than 7 years old.

Local rules of soccer in the US require seven to five players per team for u7 level players. Nine to seven players per team for u8 and u9 teams.

In local rules of soccer, the duration of the match varies according to age level. At the u7 level, the match is comprised of two equal periods of 20 minutes.

The periods are 25 minutes for u8, u9, and u10, and 35 minutes for u14 and u15. Periods of 40 minutes are reserved for u16 and u17.

These are just few of the local rules of soccer which derived from the standard Laws of the Game. They differ between country, state, organization, and competition.

The common ground is that they are based on the FIFA rules of soccer. This explains why the Laws of the Game are important in soccer and should be mastered by young players.

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