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Changes in language aside, here are the other things that will be different about football from June 10

Law 1 - the field of play

  • Logos permitted on corner flags (previously banned).
  • Mix of artificial and natural surfaces allowed on field of play (previously banned).

Law 3 - the players

  • If a substitute, sent-off player or match official interferes with play, causing the game to be stopped, it will result in a direct free-kick or penalty (previously indirect free-kick or drop-ball).
  • If a substitute, team official or outside agent stops a ball going into the goal, the referee can apply the advantage rule and award a goal.

Law 4 - the players' equipment

  • Players wearing undershorts or tights have to make sure they are the same colour as those worn by any teammates - and they must also match their shorts.
  • A player leaving the field of play to change their boots can only be allowed back on by the referee.

Law 5 - the referee

  • Referees have the authority to take action from when they enter the field of play for the pre-match inspection, not from the start of the game - which means players could be sent off for an offence committed while warming up. But yellow cards can only be issued from the start of the match.
  • Players injured by opponents who are then sent off do not need to leave the pitch for treatment.

Law 7 - duration of the match

  • Time taken for drinks breaks can now officially be added on at the end of a game.

Law 8 - the start and restart of play

  • The ball no longer has to move forward at a kick-off - it just has to move for the game to start.
  • Referees should not 'manufacture' dropped ball situations, in terms of who takes them, or the outcome.

Law 10 - Determining the outcome of a match

  • Deciding which end a penalty shootout should take place is to be done by a coin-toss, subject to condition of the pitch, or safety concerns. It is no longer the referee's choice.
  • A team with more players than the other when the shootout starts must reduce the number of takers so they have the same number of eligible players - this will stop teams who have had a player sent off having their better penalty takers available sooner.

Law 11 - offside

  • Hands and arms are not included when judging offside.
  • Free kicks for offside can be taken from where the offside player received the ball.

Law 12 - fouls and misconduct

  • Indirect free kicks used to be awarded when restarting games following offences against match officials. But lawmakers thought this sent out the wrong message, so they have upped it to a direct free-kick
  • A free kick or penalty can only be awarded while the ball is in play.
  • Denying an obvious goalscoring opportunity in the penalty area is no longer a straight red card - unless the offence is holding, pulling or pushing; there's no attempt to play or no possibility of making a challenge; or it's an offence which is punishable by a red card, no matter where on the pitch it happens - violent conduct, for example.
  • Violent conduct is punishable by a red card even if no contact is made.
  • An offence against a match official will result in a direct free-kick or penalty.

Law 13 - free-kicks

  • When fouls are committed off the pitch when the ball is in play, the match is restarted with a free kick on the touchline nearest where the incident occurred. A direct free kick will be awarded for direct free-kick offences - and a penalty could be awarded if it happens parallel to the penalty area.

Law 14 - the penalty kick

  • Players who feint to kick the ball once they have taken a run-up when taking a penalty will get booked for unsporting behaviour. Feinting in the run-up is allowed. And goalkeepers who come off their line too early will also be booked.

Law 15 - the throw-in

  • Opposing players who try to impede a throw-in will be cautioned if they are standing under two metres away.

Law 17 - the corner kick

  • The wording has been changed in the laws to say: "The ball is in play when it is kicked and clearly moves." This is to stop players "unsportingly" touching the ball and pretending the corner has not been taken, to gain an advantage.


(Story written by the BBC Sport)