2022-2023 IFAB Law Changes Link.
Law 3. The Players
The temporary amendment giving ‘top’ competitions the option of allowing teams to use up to five substitutes (with limited substitution opportunities) becomes part of Law 3
Competition rules may now allow a maximum of fifteen substitutes to be named
Law 8. The Start and Restart of Play
Clarification that the referee tosses the coin to determine the ‘ends’ and kick‑off
Law 10. Determining the Outcome of a Match
Clarification that a team official may be cautioned or sent off during kicks from the penalty mark
Law 12. Fouls and Misconduct
Clarification about handball offences by the goalkeeper in their own penalty area
Clarification about the position of a free kick awarded when a player leaves the field of play without the referee’s permission and then commits an offence against an outside agent
Law 14. The Penalty Kick
Clarification about the position of the goalkeeper before and when a penalty kick is taken
NFHS Rule changes for 2022-23 high school season: (link to NFHS)
4-2-2: The change clarifies that hair adornments, such as beads, may be worn in the hair if they are secured to the head and do not present a risk of injury to the player, teammates or opponents.
Rationale: Clarifies that hair adornments can be worn in the hair if they do not endanger other players as well as being more inclusive of participants’ cultural and religious beliefs.
7-1-3: State association may adopt procedures to require the game be played in its entirety.
Rationale: This allows states that may require the game to be played in its entirety (for post-season or regular season seeding play), to do so without a conflict with the current rule.
10-1-2f, 10-1-1, 10-1-3h (NEW): Clarifies that a player cannot score by throwing the ball into the goal.
Rationale: Defined the outcomes on a goalkeeper’s throw when throwing the ball directly or own goal.
12-2, 11-1-1. 18-1-1s (NEW): Clarifies the upper boundary of the arm is in line with the bottom of the armpit.
Rationale: Defines the arm for the purposes of determining handling and offside.
14-1 Penalty: Defines that an indirect free kick is awarded the defending team for an improper penalty kick.
Rationale: Penalizes the kicking team for not kicking the ball forward on penalty kick.
17-1-2: Defines proper distance for the opposing team from a corner kick restart.
Rationale: Clarifies the proper distance for the opposing team on a corner kick.
2022 Editorial Changes
4-1-1, 11-1-4b 2022
Points of Emphasis
Strategic Time Wasting Techniques