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Selected 2019-2020 IFAB Law Changes for AYSO

(effective August 1, 2019)

Updates Effective 8/1/2019

  1. The coin toss (Law 8)
    1. Team winning the coin toss now chooses to:
      1. Take the kick-off OR
      2. Choose the goal to attack

  2. Disciplinary action against team officials (Law 12)
    1. Team officials (e.g. coaches) may be:
      1. Warned
      2. Cautioned & shown the yellow card
      3. Sent off & shown the red card

  3. Dropped Ball (Law 8)
    1. Drop the ball to a SINGLE player in all cases
    2. IF when play was stopped, the ball was INSIDE the penalty area or was LAST TOUCHED in the penalty area:
      1. Drop the ball to the goalkeeper
    3. OTHERWISE, drop the ball:
      1. TO ONE PLAYER of the team that last touched the ball
      2. AT THE POINT of the last touch by a player, outside agent, or match official
    4. IN ALL CASES, ALL OTHER PLAYERS (from both teams) must be at least 4.5 yards away

  4. Ball hits a match official (Law 9)
    1. Drop the ball if the ball touches a match official, stays on the field, and
      1. Goes into the goal OR
      2. Team possession changes OR
      3. A promising attack starts

  5. Handling the ball ("handball offence") (Law 12)
    1. It is an offence if a player:
      1. Deliberately touches the ball with their hand/arm (no change here)
      2. Gains possession/control of the ball after it has touched their hand/arm and then
        1. Scores in the opponents' goal
        2. Creates a goal-scoring opportunity
      3. Scores in the opponents' goal directly from their hand/arm, even if accidental, including by the goalkeeper

  6. Goalkeeper handling changes (Laws 10 and 12)
    1. Restart if the goalkeeper throws the ball directly into the opponents' goal: goal kick (Law 10)
    2. If the goalkeeper clearly kicks or attempts to kick the ball from a throw-in or deliberate kick from a team-mate but the 'clearance' fails, the goalkeeper then can handle the ball (Law 12)

  7. No attackers in the wall (Law 13)
    1. IF three (or more) defenders from a wall for the taking of a free kick
    2. THEN all attackers must be at least 1 yd from the wall until the ball is in play
    3. RESTART FOR OFFENCE: Indirect free kick for the defending team

  8. Penalty kick modifications (Law 14)
    1. The goalkeeper must keep ONE FOOT on or above the line until the ball is kicked
    2. The penalty kick taker, if assessed quickly for injury, does not have to leave & can take the kick (Law 5)

  9. Goal kicks & defensive free kicks within a team's own penalty area (Laws 16 and 13)
    1. The ball is in play when it is kicked and clearly moves
    2. The ball does NOT have to leave the penalty area to be in play
    3. Opponents STILL MUST remain outside the penalty area UNTIL the ball is in play
    4. MATCHES WITH A BUILD-OUT LINE: On a goal kick, the opponents may cross the build-out line when the ball is in play (kicked and clearly moves). (Player Development Initiatives, not in the Laws of the Game)

COACHING Requirements

ALL AYSO coaches and assistant coaches must meet the following requirements:
  • Must be a registered and approved volunteer for the current program/season.
  • Completed the AYSO Safe Haven course.
  • Successfully completed the Concussion Awareness course.
  • Be trained per the AYSO National Coaching Program Guidelines for the age/skill level of the team they wish to coach.
  • Coaches and assistant coaches must be at least 18 years old.
Below are the required coaching certifications for each age level:

Division Required Certification
10U 10U Coach
12U 12U Coach
14U Intermediate Coach
16U/19U Advanced Coach

** Some certifications may be completed online.

Refereeing Requirements

Like coaches, ALL AYSO referees must meet the following requirements:
  • Must be registered and approved volunteer for the current program/season.
  • Completed the AYSO Safe Haven course.
  • Successfully completed the Concussion Awareness course.
  • Be trained per the AYSO National Referee Program Guidelines for the age/skill level of the match they wish to referee.
  • Minimum age requirement: Regional = 12 years old; Intermediate = 14 years old; Advanced = 16 years old; National = 18 years old.
Below are the general required referee certifications for each age level:

Division Required Certification
10U Regional
12U Regional or Intermediate
14U Intermediate or Advanced
16U/19U Advanced or National

** Some certifications may be completed online.

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