History of the Laws of the Game

Ever since it was founded in the 19th century, the International Football Association Board (IFAB) has played a vital role in international football. It acts as the guardian of the Laws of the Game and is responsible for studying, modifying and overseeing any changes to it. 


2023 AYSO Section 1 Rules and Regulations

All play within Section 1 will be in accordance with to the current IFAB Laws of the Game, AYSO National Rules and Regulations and these Section 1 Rules and Regulations.

2023 AYSO Section 1 Championship Games Rules of Competition

Additional guidance for all Playoff games in Section 1. This guidance is in addition to the current IFAB Laws of the Game, AYSO National Rules and Regulations and Section 1 Rules and Regulations.

2023 AYSO Section 1-10-11 EXTRA Guidelines

AYSO Section 1-10-11 Guidelines for EXTRA Program Play for a competitive youth soccer program within Section 1.

2023 AYSO National EXTRA Rules & Regulations

AYSO National Rules and Regulations of EXTRA Program Play for a competitive youth soccer program within AYSO.

2023 Section 1 Player Development Initiative (PDI) Implementation

The Player Development Initiative and Heading implementation for Section 1 addresses our implementation of the program as described in the AYSO National Rules and Regulations.  Our own Area 1P staff has created a video presentation of the current implementation of the Build-Out Line for Coaches & Referees.

2023 Section 1 Abandon Match Policy

On those rare occasions where scheduled Section 1 matches cannot be completed due to elements beyond anyone’s control, the outcomes of these matches are determined by this Section 1 policy.


2023 AYSO National Rules and Regulations

This is the official version of the AYSO Rules & Regulations. The National Rules & Regulations describe how AYSO conducts age specific programs and games including expectations for participation, details on team formation and registration requirements.

These rules may be amended or supplemented by Section and/or Area rules.

2023-2024 AYSO Addendum to the IFAB Laws of the Game

The addendum to the 2022-2023 IFAB Laws of the Game, detailing those changes which are approved within IFAB’S authorization, that allows Federations to make changes in the following five areas are included in the AYSO Referee Guideline:

  • Size of the field of play
  • Width between the goalposts and height of the crossbar from the ground
  • Size, weight and material of the ball
  • Duration of the periods of play
  • Substitutions

2024-2025 Changes to Laws of the Game

Details of the law changes for 2024-2025 season may be viewed at here.  


2023-2024 IFAB Laws of the Game

The 137th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of The International Football Association Board (The IFAB).  The 2023-2024 Laws of the Game are available for download.  Details and video replay of the AGM are available at https://www.theifab.com/news/re-live-press-conference-following-the-137th-annual-general-meeting-of-the-ifab/

The IFAB LOTG App for iOS or Android is updated for 2023-2024.

Details of the law changes may be viewed at https://www.theifab.com/law-changes/latest/.  For AYSO, these changes come into force 1 August 2023.

Report Codes for Cautionable and Sending-Off Offenses

The updated report Codes for Cautionable and Sending-Off Offenses according to the  LOTG are posted. 

Considerations for Analysis of Match Situations


Updated: March 31, 2024 at 10:45 PM