Law 6 - Linesmen
Two linesmen shall be appointed, whose duty (subject to the
decision of the referee) shall be to indicate:
- when the ball is out of play
- which side is entitled to a corner-kick, goal-kick, or
- when a substitution is desired.
they shall also assist the referee to control the game in
accordance with the Laws. In the event of undue interference or
improper conduct by a linesman, the referee shall dispense with
his services and arrange for a substitute to be appointed. (The
matter shall be reported by the referee to the competent
authority.) The linesmen should be equipped with flags by the
club on whose ground the match is played.
Decisions of the International F.A. Board
- Linesmen, where neutral, shall draw the referee's
attention to any breach of the Laws of the Game of which
they become aware if they consider that the referee may
not have seen it, but the referee shall always be the
judge of the decision to be taken.
- National Associations are advised to appoint official
referees of neutral nationality to act as linesmen in
- In international matches linesmen's flags shall be of a
vivid color, bright reds and yellows. Such flags are
recommend for use in all other matches.
- A linesman may be subject to disciplinary action only
upon a report of the referee for unjustified interference
or insufficient assistance.
[Rules.] [Law 5: The Referees.] [Law 7: The Duration of the Game.]