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THE INTEttN ATluNAL FOOTBALL BOARD. The International Football Board met at the White Horse Hotel, Aberystwyth,on Monday, when there were present Mr. Patterson (Wales) in the chair, Messrs. Ciicton and McKenzie (Scotland), J. Reid (Ireland), Crump and Gregson (England), and Taylor (Wales), secretary. Mr. T. H. Edwards, secretary of the town club, was present during the discussions. l he Scottish Football Association proposed in Law 13: Alter the words award the opposing side a penaitv kick, to be taken trom" substitute-" a point on twelve yards line opposite where infringe- men.. took place," for present wording, and after the words behind the ball," add—" the ball mast be kicked forward from the twelve yards line."— The fir.-<t part was lost, but the second part was carried. The Football Association suggested the following, marked by inverted comma i ;-Law 1 The limits of the grounds shall be-—maximum length, 200 yards; minimum length, 100 yards; maximum bread, h, 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 1.((Ja.! and touch lines." Lines defining six yards from each goal post and twelve yards from the goal liues shall also be marked out. The centre of the ground shall be indicated by a suitable mark, and a circle with a ten yarns radius shall be made round it. The goals shall be upright posts, eight yards apart, with a bar across them eight feet from the ground. The maximum width of the goal post and the maximum depth of the crossbar shall be tive inches. The circumference of the Association ball shall be not less than 27 inches, nor more than 28 inches; and in International matches, at the commencement of the game, the weight of the ball shall be from 13 to 15 ounces.— Agieed to.—That the position of the goals be de- fined The goals to be fixed on the goal line at equai distance froIn the corner flags.—La w 4: A goal shall b, won w Leu, the ball has passed between the goal posts under the bar, not being thrown, knocked on, or carried by anyone of the attacking side. The ball in play if it rebounds from a goal post, cross bar, or a corner flag staff, into the field of [day. Theballis in play if it touchesthe referee or a Lnes- man 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.—Agreed to.—Law 5: Line 4, substitute "field of play" for ground.—Agreed to. —The Committee request the International Board to define the words "stand on the touch liue" (5th lins) Any part of the player's two feet must be upon the touch line when he throws the ball. Law 9: Omit the word "fla" in line 5. Agreed—Law 10: The goalkeeper shall not be charged unless be be holding the ball," or obstruct- iflg an opponent, is substituted for the last sentence. Lost.—Law 11: For iron plates in line 3, substi- tute metal plates or projections." Bars shall be transverse and flat, in line 8. Studs shall be round in plan, in line 10.—Agreed.—Law 13: If any player shall intentionally trip, bold, or push "an opponent or charge an opponent from behind," or wilfully handle the bail, is substituted for the present first two lines. Omit the words "on appoal," ill line 4.-Agreed. Definition of term :—Place kick A place kick is a kick at the ball while it is on the ground, in the centre of the field of play.—Confirmed. Free kick: Omit the last sentence A free kick must not be taken until the referee has given the signal for the same." — Withdrawn. The Football Association of Wales proposed the followingLaw 4: After word "side," insert but 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 in its proper position."—Agreed. The meeting was private. — ♦-—

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