I. Laws of the Game. The specific changes and Advice to
Referees have been included in the preceding Laws.
II. Other Decisions Taken by the Board
- If a player is sent off for a second cautionable offense
in a match, the referee is required to show both the
yellow and the red card simultaneously (so that it is
obvious that the player is being sent off for the second
cautionable offices and not for an offense requiring
- (Amendment to the Notes to the Laws of the Game)
III. Further Specific Instructions to the Referees
- The Board once more insisted that referees be much
stricter when dealing with timewasting tactics,
particularly in the following five situations:
- The referee must react strictly if the ball is
kicked away or carried away with the hands after
a free-kick has been given against a player. The
guilty player must be cautioned and shown the
- The referee must caution and show the yellow
card to any player(s) encroaching from the
- A player who stands in front of the ball when a
free-kick has been given against his team, in
order to waste time to allow his team to organize
the defensive wall, must be cautioned and shown
the yellow card.
- The board insisted that decision 17 to Law 12,
introduced in 1991, (control of the ball by the
goalkeeper), must be strictly implemented by
referees. Some referees have shown a tendency to
avoid its correct application - a situation which
can no longer be accepted.
- The Board also insisted that referees strictly
enforce Law 12, 5(a) in relation to the number of
steps taken by the goalkeepers when they have
control of the ball in their hands.
- The International F.A. Board took the decision that
visible undergarments such as thermopants (cycling
shorts) are authorized. They must, however, be of the
same color as the shorts of the team of the player
wearing them and not extend beyond the top of the knee.
If a team wears multicolored shorts, the undergarments
must be of the same color as of the predominant color (of