In order to adapt them to the current structure of the Laws of the Game promulgated by the IFAB and the International Federation, FIFA recently held a detailed review of the Beach Soccer Laws of the Game . The majority of the modifications are of a linguistic nature, but there are however certain amendments which are very important for the future of the discipline.
The 2006 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup™ qualifiers - and of course the tournament itself (add a link to the schedule) - are taking place within the spirit of these new Laws of the Game.
" The goalkeeper can be replaced by any other player and not only by the substitute goalkeeper.
" A direct free kick, to be taken from the imaginary central point, is awarded to the opposing team if another infringement not mentioned in Law 12 is committed and for which the match must be interrupted in order to book or send off a player, for example protesting to the referee.
" The blue card no longer exists. However, if a player or substitute receives two yellow cards during the same match, he will receive a red card and be dismissed.
" Players may be dismissed and consequently receive a red card for the following infringements:
1. Receiving two bookings during the same match;
2. Throwing sand at anyone;
3. Denying an opponent moving towards the player's goal an opportunity to score by committing a foul punishable by a direct free kick or a penalty kick.
" Infringements committed by the officials no longer result in a direct free kick; if it is not possible to apply the advantage rule, the match is restarted by means of a dropped ball if the play has been stopped.
" This stipulates the action to be taken by the referee when a player infringes any of the Laws of the Game after the referee has signalled for the penalty to be taken, and not only if the infringement is committed in relation to this Law - as stipulated previously.
" It is also explained how referees should act in various situations occurring during the taking of a penalty kick.
" In the interests of the ease of comprehension of the Laws and their harmonisation with those of futsal, it is permitted, when performing a throw-in, for the player to position himself on the touch line.
" Any player who is uninjured or has not been dismissed may take a penalty kick.
" If, at the end of extra time, one team has more players, including substitutes, than the other, it must take players off so that the two teams have the same number of players.
"Compulsory signals" are those which the referees must make during certain situations which might occur during a match.
"With a view to facilitating the comprehension of the Laws of the Game and helping the referees, additional instructions have been added dealing with certain points from the Beach Soccer Laws of the Game.