Lancaster Area Recreational League

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PLEASE REVIEW AND SHARE INFORMATION WITH CLUB OFFICIALS

NEW CHANGES TO THE LAWS OF THE GAME

2019-20 Laws of the Game Changes and Clarifications (Click Here)

A FEW LISTED BELOW

* The introduction of red and yellow cards for misconduct of team officials (coaches). (Form for Refs to fill out for LARS is on the Referee Information page)

* A player being substituted leaving the field at the nearest point on the boundary line

* At a goal kick and a free kick for the defending team in their own penalty area, the ball is in play as soon the kick is taken (it can be played before it leaves the penalty area).

* Other changes include: clearer wording for 'handball', attacking team players must be at least 1 yard away from a defensive 'wall', the goalkeeper only has to have one foot on the goal line at a penalty kick, and a new dropped ball procedure (including a dropped ball being awarded if the ball hits a match official and goes into the goal, team possession changes or a promising attack starts).

* All substitution will be with the referee's permission and will no longer require possession or during specific stoppages in play.

These rules are universal and will be used in leagues, tournaments, national and international events.

We will implement them for the 2019-20 seasonal year, starting August 1, 2019.

To assist everyone in learning and making the necessary adjustments, we will be offering educational sessions throughout the state over the next month. Presently, we are scheduling general sessions, but will make ourselves available for specifically requested meetings. An online webinar session is being developed as well. Dates, times and locations for these live seminars or webinars will be announced shortly and will require advance registration. Attendance at these events is highly recommended for at least one official from your league or club. To be clear, anyone who wishes to attend any of these events is welcome to do so.

General Information Sessions
August 21, 2019: Lancaster Bible College (Sebastian Academic Center) - 7:00pm
August 22, 2019: Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer (Plymouth Meeting) - 7:00pm