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The ISAB is made up of the four British subbuteo associations (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) and FISA.

In January 2017 The ISAB officially became registered as an independent association. This is a new beginning, with our own administration, headquarters and, more importantly, statutes that re-define our purpose, structure and responsibilities. Our newly introduced bodies, the Subbuteo and Technical Advisory Panels SAP and TAP, include members from the subbuteo world bringing in their experiences and perspectives as former players or referees.

The Law book has undergone a major overhaul, which reflects the transformation of the organisation itself. The 2016-2017 revision is a true milestone and the adopted amendments symbolise a bolder step into the future of subbuteo and the Laws of the Game.


The mission of The ISAB is to serve the world of subbuteo as the independent guardian of the Laws of the Game. As the only body authorised to decide and agree changes to the Laws of the Game, we listen to the subbuteo community, with the goal to improve and develop the game for players, match officials and fans while protecting and strengthening the spirit and simplicity of subbuteo.

Transparency, accountability and inclusivity are the core values of The ISAB. We serve the entire global subbuteo community, voice its views and amend the Laws of the Game accordingly, in a democratic way. Our goal is to ensure the future health and stability of subbuteo while respecting the core values of the game.


The ISAB regularly convenes to debate, define, manage and make amendments to the Laws of the Game. The changes can only be introduced during the Annual General Meeting (AGM), which is normally held every February to April in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in rotation, as well as other locations decided by FISA in years when the FISA World Cup™ is held.

The ISAB works to ensure that the Laws of the Game remain fair and adapt to important changes in the game. The board acknowledges new technologies which can help to improve the game and make subbuteo fairer for all. At the same time, The ISAB believes it is essential to keep the Laws of the Game as simple and non‐intrusive as possible, in line with the true spirit of the game.


The ISAB is comprised of the four British subbuteo associations (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) with one vote each, and FISA, covering the remaining national associations, with four votes. Passing a motion requires a three-quarters majority.

The Subbuteo Advisory Panel and the Technical Advisory Panel were set up to support The ISAB with additional expertise before decisions are passed and to improve the way in which the global subbuteo community helps to shape the Laws of the Game.