LAW 1 – THE FIELD OF PLAY
The field of play must be rectangular and marked with continuous lines which must not be dangerous; artificial playing surface material may be used for the field markings on natural fields if it is not dangerous
Artificial ‘turf’ (or similar) can be used for line markings on grass fields if it is not dangerous.
Details of all Law changes 2017/18
The following are the changes to the Laws of the Game for 2017/18. For each change the old wording (where appropriate) and the new/changed/additional wording are given, followed by an explanation for the change.
The text shown in the ‘old text’ boxes may be the exact previous text or a more general
outline of the meaning of the previous text.
Offences and infringements
Many languages do not have different words for ‘offence’ and ‘infringement’, the difference is not clearly understood (even by English experts) and their use inconsistent e.g. a player can be an ‘offender’ but not an ‘infringer’. To make the Laws clearer and to assist translation, ‘offence’ and ‘offend’ replace ‘infringement’ and ‘infringe’.