MINUTES of the ANNUAL MEETING held at
the White Horse Hotel, Aberystwyth, Monday, June 15th, 1896.
MR. W. PATTISON, ( Welsh Football Association ) in
" JOHN TAYLOR,
MESSRS. C. CRUMP & R. P. GREGSON, ( Football
" W. CRICHTON & D. McKENZIE, (
Scottish Football Association ).
MR. J. REID, ( Irish
Football Association ).
The Minutes of the last Meeting, held at Glasgow, were confirmed.
Proposals submitted for alterations to THE LAWS OF THE GAME were
PROPOSED BY THE SCOTTISH
LAW 13.—After the words "award
the opposing side a penalty kick, to be taken from" substitute "a
point on twelve yards line opposite where infringement took place,"
for present wording--this proposal was rejected.
LAW 13.—It was Resolved to add
after the words "behind the ball." "The ball must be kicked
PROPOSALS BY THE FOOTBALL
LAW 1 was altered to read as
The limits of the ground shall be—maximum length, 200 yards ;
minimum length, 100 yards ; maximum breadth, 100 yards ; minimum
breadth, 50 yards. The length and breadth shall be marked off with
four flags, with staffs not less than five feet high, and goal and
touch lines. Lines defining 6 yards from each goal post and 12 yards
from the goal lines shall also be marked out. The centre of the ground
shall be indicated by a suitable mark, and a circle with a 10 yards
radius shall be made round it. The goals shall be upright posts,
fixed on the goal lines, 8 yards apart, equi-distant from the corner
flag staffs, with a bar cross them, 8 feet from the ground. The
maximum width of the goal post and the maximum depth of the cross-bar
shall be 5 inches ; and in International matches, at the commencement of
the game, the weight of the ball shall be from 13 to 15 ounces.
LAW 4.—Alterations were
adopted as proposed by the Football Association and the Welsh
Association making Rule read as follows:— A goal shall be won
when the ball passed between the goal-posts under the bar, not being
thrown, knocked on, or carried by anyone of the attacking side. If
from any cause during the progress of the game, the bar should become
displaced, the Referee shall have power to award a goal if in his
opinion the ball would have passed under the bar if it had not been
The ball is in play if it rebounds from a goal-post, cross-bar, or a
corner flag-staff into the field of play. The ball is in play if it
touches the Referee or a Linesman when in the field of play. The ball
crossing the goal or touch-line, either on the ground or in the air,
is out of play.
LAW 5.—This was adopted as
proposed. Substitute "field of play" for "ground" at the end of first
sentence. It was ruled that the words "stand on the touch line" were
complied with if any part of the player's two feet is on the line when
he throws the ball. (It was resolved that this be inserted at foot of
LAW 9.—It was Resolved to omit
the word "flag" as proposed.
LAW 10.—The proposal that the
goalkeeper shall not be charged "unless he be holding the ball" was
LAW 11.—The following
alteration as proposed was carried :
For "iron plates" substitute "metal plates or projections," and for
"should" after "Bars," and after "studs" substitute "shall."
LAW 13.—Following proposal was
"If any player shall intentionally trip, charge from behind, push, or
hold an opponent, or wilfully handle the ball," is substituted for the
present first two lines. Omit the words "on appeal" in line 4.
DEFINITION OF TERMS.
Following was carried as proposed :
Place Kick is a kick at the ball while it is on the ground, in the
centre of the field of play.
Following was withdrawn :
the last sentence : "A Free Kick must not be taken until the Referee
has given the signal for the same.
The question of the dimensions of the Field of Play for International
Matches was again brought forward, and was deferred. The
Representatives of The Football Association undertook to give notice
of a formal resolution for the next meeting of the Board.
The question was asked if it is allowable for a goalkeeper to carry
the ball more than two steps by bouncing it on his hands. No
resolution was taken because due notice has not been given.
The matter will be brought forward in a formal manner at the next
The representatives of the Football Association produced draft copies
of the Laws re-arranged so as to give each subject a separate Law
under distinct headings. The members of the Board were requested to
bring these drafts before their respective Associations, so that it
may be determined at the next Board if it is desirable to re-write the
Rules, and arrange them in this manner.
The Secretary stated he would have a number of copies of minutes
printed, and would supply same to each Association to issue their
A Vote of thanks to the Chairman closed the proceedings