The International Football Association Board (IFAB). The International Football Association Board (IFAB) (1) Introduction. Football’s success as the global participating and spectator sport is due to the fact that:
- the game is governed by a set of playing rules, straightforward in their simplicity, universal wherever they are played, which codify the athletic competition of the game.
- but also in its commercial success, success which then allows football’s various governing bodies to redistribute revenues in solidarity payments to the game’s grassroots.
- see the History of the Laws of the Game (FIFA.com, 2011c).
“Where artificial surfaces are used in either competition matches between representative teams of member associations affiliated to FIFA or international club competition matches, the surface must meet the requirements of the FIFA Quality Concept for Football Turf or the International Artificial Turf Standard, unless special dispensation is given by FIFA.”
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