The guardians of the Laws of the Game of Association Football, the International F.A. Board (IFAB), composed of representatives from the football associations of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as well as FIFA, will be discussing various possible amendments to the Laws when the body convenes at the Lowry Hotel in Manchester (England) for its 121st Annual General Meeting on Saturday, 3 March 2007. The four British associations have one vote apiece, while FIFA, representing its 203 other members, has four votes, with any proposal requiring a three-quarter majority (i.e six of the eight votes) to be approved.
The agenda for this year's IFAB AGM includes FIFA's proposed revision of Law 4 to prohibit players from displaying political, religious or personal statements on their equipment and thus allow such transgressions to be handled by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee. A further submission from the world governing body proposes that a yellow card be shown to any player who covers his or her face with a mask while celebrating a goal.
Among the items for discussion and decision in section IV of the agenda are goal-line technology, with three separate projects submitted for consideration, and the sanctions to be imposed on any player who intentionally strikes an opponent with an elbow. The IFAB will also address the issues of pitch-side TV monitors and video evidence.
The full agenda for the meeting, which will start at 9.30am, can be downloaded by IFAB Agenda 2007.