The agenda for the 128th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of The International Football Association Board (IFAB) – taking place at the Home of FIFA in Zurich on Saturday, 1 March – has been released today.
The meeting will be chaired by FIFA President Blatter and follows on from the historic foundation meeting of The IFAB on 13 January 2014, which marked a new era for football’s rule-making body in becoming an independent association.
Key elements of this revised structure, including the composition of the two new advisory boards, will be part of the deliberations at this year’s AGM.
In terms of the Laws of the Game, The IFAB will discuss proposals to alter Law 4 – The Players’ Equipment. Firstly in terms of the use of head covers, as the two-year trial period unanimously approved by The IFAB in 2012 is set to conclude, and secondly in relation to slogans or advertising on undergarments.
The IFAB will review a proposed amendment to allow for greater flexibility in the use of substitutions in amateur/recreational football and also look at Law 8 – The Start and Restart of Play: dropped ball, Law 12 – Fouls and Misconduct: handling the ball, plus the use of electronic performance and tracking systems.
Items in 'other business' are included for discussion and are not yet at the stage of being considered at this year’s AGM for decision in terms of alterations to the existing Laws of the Game. These are 'sin bins' in recreational football, sending-off offences ('triple punishment'), and the potential use of video replays to support match officials.
In line with the new structure of The IFAB, some of the items on the agenda may end up being submitted to the two new advisory panels – a Technical Panel and a Football Panel – which will include different stakeholders from across the world of football to support the IFAB with greater expertise before decisions are passed.
The full agenda for this year’s IFAB AGM can be found in the attached document, titled IFAB agenda March 2014.