The International Football Association
Board met at Bangor (North Wales), June
at 11 a.m. under the Presidence
of Mr S. D. Edisburg
Present: Messrs. S.D. Edisburg and J. Davies (Wales),
D.W. Foy and J. Sheehan and J. Reid
(Ireland). C. Crump and R.P.
Gregson (England), A. Stevenson and R. Dixon (Scotland).
There were also present Messrs J.K. McDowall (Scotland),
J. Reid (Ireland)
and W. Nunnerley (Wales).
Minutes: The minutes of the meeting held at Ayr were adopted.
Proposals: After due consideration, alterations in the Laws of
the Game were adopted as under :-
Law 1 "Eleven" substituted for "11" in first line.
" 2 Note to be in ordinary
" 5 Note at end embodied in
" 6 All wording to be in
" 9 The following words were
"facing his own goal, and is also"
" 12 Brackets removed from word
" 13 Parenthesis to be in ordinary
" 16 All wording to be in ordinary
The following decisions with regard to the Laws were also
Law 4 The whole of the ball must have passed over
the goal-line or
touch-line before it is out of play.
" 7 The corner-flag must not be
removed when a corner-kick is
" 11 Wearing soft india rubber on the
soles of the boots is not a
violation of law.
" 13 Linesmen, where neutral, should
call the attention of the
Referee to rough play or ungentlemanly conduct, and
generally assist him to carry out the game in a proper
It was resolved
That all decisions of the International
Board be printed at the foot of the page, instead of immediately after
the Law concerned.
The following resolution of the International Board of June
16th 1902 was rescinded :-
"That any case of misconduct on the part
of clubs, players, or officials, which may occur in connection with
any match, shall be dealt with by the Association under whose
jurisdiction the match is played, and each Association shall adopt and
carry out the decision of the other with regard to such cases."
Recommended that some modified undertaking be prepared for the
International Board 1905.
Resolutions: Resolved that the agreement of 18th June 1894, be
supplemented as follows :-
"Players of the Scottish FA and Irish FA
shall not be approached during the month of May under the agreement
without 48 hours notice having been given to the club with which the
player is registered."
Recommendations as under were adopted for the meeting of the
International Board in the year 1905 :-
Law 9 If possible, define what is and what is not
Law 10 Endeavour to extend the operation of this Law so
that it will
apply to all free kicks, except those given against the
goal-keeper for carrying, and also that the last sentence be
Law 11 That the words "gutta percha" be
Law 12 The provisions as regards
ungentlemanly behaviour to be
extended to apply to clubs, officials and others.
Close Season: It was placed on record that the season in
Scotland terminates on May 15th and in Ireland on May 31st.
Resolved: That Mr. Crump is desired to undertake the work of
arranging the Laws of the Game, and all matters connected with the
same in such manner that the Rule Books of all the Nations shall be
exactly the same in this respect.
Vote of Thanks: was passed to Mr. Stanley and Mr. Edisburg for