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There are seventeen official Rules of the Game. In addition to the seventeen rules, the many decisions of the International Live Football Association Board (IFAB), and other directives contribute to the regulation of football. The complete rules and details are available on the official website of FIFA. We’re going to cover a few of those rules, and if you’re looking for live scores, head over to livegoals.com

Players, equipment and referees

Each team consists of a maximum of eleven players (excluding substitutes), one of whom must be the goalkeeper.

The goalkeeper must wear clothing that is easily distinguished from the other leading players and referees.

A number of players may be replaced by substitutes during the course of the game. The maximum number of substitutions permitted in most national leagues and international players is three, although this number may vary in other leagues or in friendly matches.

The game is controlled by a referee, who has «full authority to apply the Rules of the Game in connection with the party to which he has been assigned» (Rule 5), and its decisions are final.


Debido to the original formulation of the rules in England, and the primordial supremacy of the four British football associations within the IFAB, the normal dimensions of a football field is initially expressed in imperial units. Now, the dimensions in metric equivalents (followed by traditional units in brackets).

The lines bounding along the ground are called side lines or lateral margins while shorter lines are called goal. Centered on each goal line lies a rectangular goal. The inner edges of the uprights of the goal must be separated 7.32 meters, and the lower edge of the horizontal beam that supports the posts should be at 2.44 meters above the ground. Usually placed behind the goal nets, but not required by the Rules of the Game.

The field has other brands and defined areas.
Duration and tie methods

The referee is in control and can formally extend the time periods if there are situations where time is lost as those causing substitutions, injured medical assistance or other stops. This added time is in the sole discretion of the referee.

In league games can be divided, but in some knockout competitions extension is needed if there is no winner at the end of normal time, this extension consists of two periods of 15 minutes. If the score is level after extra time, some competitions allow the use of penalty shoot-outs (known officially in the Laws of the Game as «failures from the penalty spot) to determine which team advances to the next stage of the tournament.

The competitions where there are two rounds (in which each team plays at home once) may use the rule of double the value away goals in the event of a tie. If the result is the same after this calculation, it is necessary to resort to penalties, though some competitions may require a playoff.

The first game of the World Cup was decided by a golden goal was France’s victory over Paraguay in 1998. At Euro 1996, Germany was the first nation to score a golden goal in a major competition, beating the Czech Republic at the end. The silver goal was used at Euro 2004 (Portugal). However, these experiments were interrupted by the IFAB.

Ball in play and interruptions

When the ball is in play, it can be reset in game one of the following ways:

Remove the center, from the center circle after the opposing team a goal or to begin each period of play.
Throw-in: from one of the two side lines, when the ball has completely crossed the sideline, being pulled by the opposing team that last touched the ball before he left.
Goal kick, from the goal area when the ball has completely transferred the goal line without a goal has been scored, if it has been played before by an attacker, the defending team gets the (often the goalkeeper).
Corner kick, from the corners when the ball has completely crossed the goal line without a goal has been scored, if you’ve been touched by a defender before, it takes the offensive team.
Free indirect, from the point where they commit the offense. It gives the opposing team due to faults that are not punishable, certain types of technical violations or when the referee for the game to penalize without having committed a specific fault. Goal can not be dialed directly through free indirect.
Available direct: from the point where he commits the offense. Is granted because of misconduct punishable.
Penalty: from the penalty spot. Is awarded after a foul usually punishable, which occurred within the penalty area.

Remove neutral, from the point where the ball was to interrupt the game. Occurs when the referee for the match for any other reason to set (eg, serious injury to a player, third party interference or faulty ball).

Fouls and Misconduct


The offside rule seeks to prevent offensive players always stay ahead of the ball (ie nearer the opponent’s goal line). The referee stops play and give the ball to the opposing team if, in sending the ball to a teammate, an attacker is not behind at least two defenders (or a defender and the goalkeeper). No one considers the offside if the attacker from his own half of the field.

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