2007.02.14 letters from the FA 01

February 16, 2007

Thank you for contacting The Football Association.
Rules & Regulations

The FA, as the governing body of the sport in England, is responsible for ensuring that the universally applicable Laws of the Game are applied on the field and that the rules and regulations concerned with running football in England are observed by officials, clubs and players off the pitch as well as on it.

The Laws of the Game are determined by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) and have changed only marginally over the years. Today’s 17 Laws continue to be based upon the rules that were first ratified by the FA Board when it was founded in 1886.

Changes have occurred in accordance with the specific evolution and demands of modern-day football, but football remains an essentially simple game, with laws that can be applied in the same way at any level from the World Cup Final to a friendly game on a local park.

The Rules and Regulations of The Football Association are determined by the FA Council, and are aimed at establishing an efficient and fair regulatory structure.

These rules and regulations cover matters ranging from the affiliation of clubs and associations, to misconduct, financial dealings and arbitration.

TheFA.com’s Rules and Regulations section has all you need to know about all of The FA’s rules and The Laws of The Game.

To visit the relevant pages please click here.

Rule Changes

The Laws of the Game are guarded by The International Football Association Board (IFAB). Four representatives from FIFA and one each from England, N. Ireland, Scotland and Wales (in recognition of the significance of the British Associations in the history of the game) meet annually to discuss possible alterations to the Laws.

Four weeks before the AGM, which usually takes place in either February or March, associations submit their written proposals to the secretary of the host association.

Lists of all suggestions are then distributed to all other associations for examination. For a motion to be accepted, a three-quarters majority is needed.

A second annual meeting between the bodies, the Annual Economic Meeting, is held between September and October and touches on issues that concern the Board outside of the Laws of the Game.

The IFAB is generally considered to be a conservative organisation with relatively few changes being made to the Laws of the Game over the years. This is simply because the attraction of the game of football resides in its simplicity. As guardian to its Laws, the IFAB seeks to preserve the original foundations on which the game built.

For more information on The IFAB please visit FIFA.com

If you require further information

If you have any specific questions regarding The Laws of The Game or the rules & regulations of The FA and they are not answered on TheFA.com, please contact The Customer Relations Unit who will be more then happy to assist.

Customer Relations Unit: Tel: 0207 745 4545

**If you have any further queries or if this automatic response has not answered your specific enquiry please reply using the Contact Us form and select ‘Other’ as the subject**

Yours sincerely,

Customer Relations Unit
The FA


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