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Laws of the Game, Rules and other Guidance

2021 Area 1D 16U/19U Rules and Regulations

These rules apply when 16U and/or 19U teams (regardless of Region) play a scheduled match coordinated by AYSO Area 1D Beach Cities. The Area 1D Beach Cities Rules & Regulations supplement the AYSO National Rules and Regulations and Section One Rules and Regulations.

2021-2022 Area 1D Referee Guide

This guide summarizes what you need to know to officiate 16U-19U matches this season.

2021 AYSO National Rules and Regulations

This is the official version of the AYSO Rules & Regulations. The National Rules & Regulations describe how AYSO conducts age specific programs and games including expectations for participation, details on team formation and registration requirements.

These rules may be amended or supplemented by Section and/or Area rules.

2021 AYSO version of the IFAB Laws of the Game

The AYSO addendum to the current IFAB Laws of the Game is no longer published as a separate document.  Details regarding those changes which are approved within FIFA’s authorization that allows Federations to make changes in the following five (5) areas may be found in the AYSO Referee Guideline:

  • Size of the field of play
  • Width between the goalposts and height of the crossbar from the ground
  • Size, weight and material of the ball
  • Duration of the periods of play
  • Substitutions

2021-2022 IFAB Laws of the Game

The 135th AGM of The IFAB took place via videoconference.  The 2021-22 Laws of the Game are available for download.  Details and video replay of the AGM are available at  The IFAB has updated the LOTG App for iOS or Android updated for 2021-22.

Details of the law changes may be viewed at  For AYSO, these changes come into force 1 August 2021.

2020-2021 IFAB Laws Of The Game

The 134th AGM of The IFAB took place in Belfast, Northern Ireland on 29 February 2020 and was chaired by the Irish FA President, Mr David Martin. These Laws come into force on 1 June 2020. Because of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Laws of the Game Competitions which have been suspended because of COVID-19 have the option of completing the competition using the Laws of the Game 2019/20 or adopting the Laws of the Game 2020/21.  ‘Friendly/practice/warm-up’ matches in preparation for the restart of the competition are permitted to use the version of the Laws that will be used when the competition restarts, even if these matches are after 1 June 2020.

The IFAB description of the changes found in the 2020 are included in the Laws of the Game.  A summary of changes and clarifications is available here.

For AYSO, these Laws come into force on 1 Aug 2020.  Details of the AGM’s main decisions and discussions are in the minutes of the meeting are available on  The IFAB has published an LOTG App for iOS or Android.

AYSO  Changes 2020-2021-2022 to the Laws of the Game

The IFAB description of the changes found in the 2020 and 2021 Laws of the Game.  A summary of changes applicable to AYSO is available here.   

Report Codes for Cautionable and Sending-Off Offenses

The updated Codes for Cautionable and Sending-Off Offenses according to the 2020-2021 LOTG are posted. Note that this tool is no longer referred to as 7×7 given the increase in the LOTG of players’ cautionable offenses as well as the inclusion of the cautionable offenses by substitutes. In all cases, the referee is expected to evaluate a player’s behavior based on several factors:

  • Does the act meet the generally accepted and understood meaning of the offense?
  • Was the act, even if an offense, trifling?
  • Would the issuance of a caution for this misconduct likely have desirable results for game and/or player management?

Learn how to best apply the answers to these questions and more in your next game.

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