United States Soccer Federation Memorandum 1997
The 111th meeting of the International Football Association Board (IFAB) in Belfast on March 1, 1997, resulted not only in a number of amendments to the Laws but also in approval of a modernized version of the previous wording and layout. Circular 612 (April 7, 1997) addresses these amendments.
The amendments discussed below are effective as of July 1, 1997, for all affiliated leagues, associations, officials, and competitions. They are to be implemented for all season schedules and tournaments commencing on or after that date. They may not be implemented prior to that date except by special permission of the Federation.
Since the rewriting of the Laws approved by the IFAB is extensive, a subsequent Memorandum will be issued later in 1997 by the Federation to bring these changes to the attention of the soccer community.
I. Main Amendments To The Laws Of The Game