History of
the Laws of the Game


The re-visit on Rules in 1968-69

1960s Rule Book

·         Play "Goalkeepers do not alter possession of the ball, and regarding this are neutral." 

·          Rules of Play

o    Goalscoring - The need for the shooting figure to be inside the opponents half is dropped. The rule regarding the ball remains the same, but a shooting line is suggested. "An excellent method of determining the distance for shooting is to draw in a line across the field 11 inches from the goal (with chalk or white ink) and making a rule that the ball must be more inside this 'shooting area' than out before a shot can be made at goal."

o    Flicking -  "The player figure must be flicked cleanly, not knocked or scraped. Free kick should be given on breakage of this rule."

o    Goal kicks - Can now be taken by "action goalkeeper if possessed."

o    Injuries - "A figure is considered injured, if during the course of play it comes apart from the base, or suffers some other damage as to make it unplayable" (i.e. your knee crushes it) "it may be removed from the field and be repaired. On repair, it may be brought back into play but if suffering from a further injury must go off the field for the remainder of the game."

o    Placing of figures - "Figures may be placed in position at the taking of goal kicks and free kicks, they may be placed anywhere except as follows. Not more than three figures in the penalty area for defence. No player may be placed in the opposing 'shooting area'. 
"At the taking of a corner each side (attacking side first) may flick three figures for positioning and marking purposes. At throw-ins one figure each side may be flicked."


·         Flicking (kicking) "flicking cleanly" rule introduced in the previous book, and the "three flicks" rule.

·         Positioning of Figures  "Placing of Figures"

·         Playing Time The recommended length of games is now "twenty minutes each way" rather than the twenty-five minutes previously stated.