Football's lawmakers, the International F.A. Board, composed of representatives from the football associations of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as well as FIFA, will be discussing amendments to various Laws of the Game when it convenes at the Palace Hotel in Lucerne (Switzerland) for its 120th Annual General Meeting on Saturday, 4 March 2006.
One of the proposed amendments, submitted by FIFA and relating to Law 12, takes a firm stand against time-wasting. The world governing body is advocating a new decision under Law 12 stating that any player who intentionally interferes with the ball to prevent an opponent from restarting play, at a free kick, throw-in, corner etc., will receive a yellow card. By the same token, it is proposed that a yellow card be shown to any player who interferes with the ball after his team has scored in an effort to delay the restart.
FIFA has also tabled possible changes to clarify several other Laws. The full IFAB Agenda for the meeting, which will start at 9.30am, can be downloaded from the official FIFA website: www.FIFA.com .
Items for discussion and decision under section V of the agenda include the use of technical aids by referees.
The International F.A. Board, the custodian of the Laws of the Game, is composed of The Football Association (England), The Scottish Football Association, The Football Association of Wales, The Irish Football Association (Northern Ireland) and FIFA. Representing its 203 other members, FIFA has four votes on the body, while the four British associations have one vote apiece. A proposal requires a three-quarter majority (i.e. six of the eight votes) to be passed.