The International Board
met at Wrexham on Monday, 25th June 1888. Major Marindin presiding,
present messrs. C. Crump (England), J. Reid (Ireland), T.G. Thomas and
J. Taylor (Wales) and messrs J.A. Crerar and C. Campbell representing
alterations were made to the Laws of the Game:
"The ball crossing the goal or touch line either on the ground or in
the air is out of play".
Law 7—First line - When the ball is
"played" for "kicked".
- In either case, no "opponent" for
Law 10—After "push his adversary" add "no
player may charge an opponent from behind unless such opponent be
facing his own goal and in the opinion of the umpires and of referees
he in that position is wilfully interfering with his adversary".
Law 11—After "* on soles or heels of his boots or on his
shinguards" read "if bars or studs in the soles or heels of the boots
are used they shall not project more than half-inch and shall have all
of their fastenings driven in flush with the leather. Bars shall be *
and flat not less than one and a half inches in length and half-inch
in width. Studs should be round in plan and not less than ½
inch in diameter; in no case conceal or pointed. Any player discovered
infringing this rule shall be prohibited from taking further part in
Law 12—To be altered to 16.
Law 14—To be
altered to 12.
Law 15—To be altered to 14. After "stop the
game" in second line " read at "such time or he may think fit whenever
he may deem it necessary to do so".
New Law to be made 15—"In
the event of any temporary suspension of play from any cause the ball
not having gone into touch or behind the goal-line the game shall be
restarted by the referee throwing up the ball at the spot where play
was suspended and the players of either side shall not play the ball
until it has touched the ground".
Law 17—New Law—"No
alteration in Laws of the Game shall be made unless first passed by a
majority of two thirds of those present at the Annual General Meeting
or a Special Meeting of one of the National Associations and
afterwards unanimously agreed to by the representatives of the four
National Associations at a Conference which shall be convened by each
of these Associations in turn in the month of June in each year".
The following alterations were also made in the Definition of the
Game. Second paragraph - In any direction "the player" instead of
"kicker". Last sentence beginning "but in no case" to read "unless
they be standing on their own goal-line".
Fifth paragraph - To read
"Stooping in front of or behind
A discussion took
place as to whether or not it was originally intended that the word
"it" should be inserted after the word "play" in the last line but one
of Law 5. All the rules have it but the Irish. Major Marindin however
undertook to see what was the original wording and if any decision of
the Board has been taken formerly upon the point. Law 17 is not
included in any of the rules, except those of the English Football
Association and the representatives of that Association undertook to
see if the * have authorised the insertion of this rule in the Laws of
the Game at any former meeting, and if not, the English FA will remove
it to some other position in their book so as to preserve uniformity.
The Board do not think it desirable to adopt a rule as to the
weight of the ball without further information on the subject, but it
was recommended that the point should be brought forward next year.
It was also considered desirable that Law 12 ([relating] to the
appointment of Umpires and referees) should be entirely reconstructed
so as to meet the method which is now followed in Cup Competitions. It
was therefore recommended that the necessary notice be given next year
so that this may be done in a regular and formal manner.
representatives were also present.
England... Major Marindin. C.
Wales... J. Taylor. T.G. Thomas.
Ireland... J. Williamson
and J. Reid.