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Assistant referees on IFAB agenda

The International F.A. Board (IFAB) will convene in Scotland this weekend for its 122nd Annual General Meeting.

FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter will be among those in attendance as Gleneagles Hotel, situated in the heart of the picturesque Perthshire countryside, plays host to a summit at which several pressing football issues will be discussed and debated. Permission will be sought by FIFA, for example, to carry out an experiment involving two additional assistant referees, while there will be a progress report on goal-line technology as well as debates on dealing with simulation, regulating the field of play's dimensions and dealing with injured players while a match in is progress.

There will also be an attempt to update and simplify the Laws of the Game 12 years on from their last major revision, with the purpose to avoid confusion and ensure greater consistency and uniformity in the their implementation.

Founded in 1886, the IFAB is composed of The Football Association (England), The Scottish Football Association, The Football Association of Wales, The Irish Football Association (Northern Ireland) and FIFA, and has historically held the position as guardian of the Laws of the Game. Each British association has one vote apiece, while FIFA, which represents its 204 other member associations, has four. A three-quarter majority is required for any proposal to be passed.

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