Revised Laws of the Game effective for 2016-2017 seasons

Coaches, players, parents, clubs, member districts and leagues are encouraged to learn all the revised Laws of the Game

Vancouver BC, August 31, 2016 – BC Soccer would like coaches, players, parents, and the entire BC Soccer membership to familiarize themselves with the revised Laws of the Game from IFAB (International Football Association Board).  BC Soccer's Coastal Season play (beginning September 2016) will be the first season that will see all of the new laws implemented and by October of this year, BC Soccer will have held more than 50 Referee Refresher Clinics and 30 Entry Level Clinics to help ensure all referees are up to date on the new revisions.

“With more than 75 revisions having been made to the Laws of the Game this year, we’ve been working hard to educate the referees on all of the changes,” said Jose Branco, BC Soccer Referee Development Coordinator. “By hosting our annual Referee Assessor and Instructor Symposium last month, we have been able to enducate our Referee Instructors on the changes, which enables them to pass along the information through the many Entry Level and Referee Refresher courses held to educate the more than 1500 referees in the coastal region.  We are strongly encouraging all coaches, players, and parents to educated themselves on the new laws as well, which will make for a smoother transition from last year’s play to this year.”

According to IFAB: The Law book has undergone a major overhaul, which reflects the transformation of the organization itself. The 2016-2017 revision is a true milestone and the adopted amendments symbolize a bolder step into the future of football and the Laws of the Game.

To help educate the wider spectrum of soccer fans, parents, coaches, media, and players IFAB created
a summary of the law changes.  The revised Laws of the Game and the summary is available on the IFAB website HERE.  BC Soccer does encourage everyone who may have questions or concerns to please refer to the full Laws of the Game document as some of the more in depth explanations may make the rule clear or answer any questions you may have had.

The IFAB is made up of four British Football Associations and FIFA.  IFAB is now the independent guardian of the Laws of the Game.  To learn more about IFAB please visit:

About BC Soccer

BC Soccer is the provincial sport governing body with the mission to govern, promote and develop the game of soccer in British Columbia in a professional and progressive manner. Established in 1907, BC Soccer is the largest provincial sport organization (PSO) in BC and the third largest soccer specific PSO in Canada with over 150,000 participants.  As a professional not-for-profit society and a member of Canada Soccer, BC Soccer is committed to providing the widest opportunities for existing and potential participants, as well as provide support in the most effective and appropriate way for current players, parents, volunteers, member clubs, leagues and districts.  

BC Soccer is comprised of more than 120,000 registered players, over 2,200 registered referees, and thousands of volunteer coaches, administrators and soccer leaders. Working with its 40 member Youth Districts and 11 Adult Leagues as well as their affiliate member clubs, BC Soccer operates under the guiding principles of Professional Leadership, Passionate Service and Progressive Collaboration. In managing its relationships throughout the larger soccer community, BC Soccer’s vision is to ensure every British Columbian has the opportunity to be involved in soccer as part of a lifelong commitment to active, health and involved lifestyle.