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Laws Of The Game

Discussion in 'Other Football' started by Keith Putnam, Jun 29, 2019.

  1. Keith Putnam

    Keith Putnam Senior Member Donor Seasoned Supporter

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    Given all the debate going on in the 2019 Women's World Cup thread, I thought maybe we should have a dedicated thread for the discussion of the Laws of the Game.

    We can argue about what a handball is, the effects of VAR, recent or proposed updates to the Laws, philosophical issues, etc.

    IFAB, the body which essentially acts as the custodian of the Laws, has recently released an app for referencing them.

    https://www.theifab.com/logapp/
     
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    Ulrich Senior Member Elite Donor Donor Seasoned Supporter

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    At first I though IFAB was a FootyLovinFootyLovin abbreviation
     
  3. Keith Putnam

    Keith Putnam Senior Member Donor Seasoned Supporter

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    I know we get a lot of shit about the dimensions at YS being small, but honestly it's a bit shocking how much disparity IFAB allows for the width of the pitch (Law 1 sec. 3):

    Length (goal line):

    minimum 45 m (50 yds)
    maximum 90 m (100 yds)​

    That's a lot of potential disorientation for a player who could hypothetically go play on a pitch literally half as wide as the last one they played on.

    Oddly, if you measure your pitch in yards you're allowed 23% of leeway in the length (min. 100 yds, max 130 yds), but if measured in meters you get 25% (min. 90 m, max 120 m).

    Dimensions for international matches are more tightly constrained, as per Law 1 sec. 4.
     
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    adam Senior Member Elite Donor Donor Seasoned Supporter

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    Is it the length or the width they complain about? Either way it’s pretty ridiculous there isn’t 1 uniform size for the pitch. Why not also allow leeway in ball size or goal size? Our league won’t even allow long sleeves anymore, but the pitch can be lengthened?

    If a pitch doesn’t fit in an old stadium, or make 5-6 exceptions for grandfathered in English stadiums that can’t be used for international play. Or crazy concept, remove some seats and fix it. Dumb rule.
     
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    As a practical matter, all major soccer leagues conform to the FIFA international standard, which is 110-120 yards long and 70-80 yards wide. See below for the MLS rule on field size.

    Yankee Stadium is the minimum 110 x 70. The size varies a bit across the league but is mostly at or near 115 x 75, which is about 12% larger by area than our pitch. No other team is as narrow as we are - Houston is 73 yards; Seattle, Toronto and Dallas are 74; Montreal is 77, and the rest are 75. Like us, Portland is 110 yards long. Seattle is 114 yards. Everyone else is 115 to 120.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Major_League_Soccer_stadiums

    PLAYING FIELD DIMENSIONS AND MARKINGS: The match will be played on a field that remains the same size throughout the MLS Regular Season and Post-Season, unless a change is approved by the League and the Visiting Team is notified at least 72 hours in advance of the match. The dimensions and markings of the field will conform to MLS standards and The IFAB Laws of the Game. No logos on the field, goal nets or corner flags will be allowed without prior League, and where applicable, United States Soccer Federation (USSF) and Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) written approval.

    Except where MLS-approved stadium design renders it impossible or impractical, the playing field will be at a minimum 70 yards wide by 110 yards long.

     
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    Seth Active Member Elite Donor Seasoned Supporter

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    Still waiting to see a (perfectly legal) 50 x 50 100 x 100 soccer field. Who's with me?!

    ETA: hat tip to Keith PutnamKeith Putnam for the correct size. I knew it was square but I had it a bit too small.
     
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  7. Keith Putnam

    Keith Putnam Senior Member Donor Seasoned Supporter

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    Where are you getting a legal 50 for the touchline? Minimum legal (non-international) size (in yards) would be 100 yds. x 50 yds.

    You could create a legal non-international pitch that was 100x100, though.
     
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    Seth Active Member Elite Donor Seasoned Supporter

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    Oops, sorry, you're right. That was what I meant.
     
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    I mean, the only reason that exists is that it must have happened at one point, right?
     
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