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Question Number: 29078

Law 4 - Players Equipment 12/31/2014

RE: Competive/Select Adult

Bruce K. Fitzgerald of Seaford, DE United States asks...

Law 4 - Indoor both teams have dark color on (black) Home team to change under FIFA laws--could not find. Found in NFHS & NISOA but not FIFA

Answer provided by Referee Gary Voshol

You are correct, you won't find a remedy in the Laws of the Game. The Laws just say that colors must be different; they don't say how it is to be resolved if the colors are the same (or too close). That is left to the rules of the competition - which is essentially what NFHS and NISOA are.

From Law 4:

The two teams must wear colours that distinguish them from each other and also the referee and the assistant referees
Each goalkeeper must wear colours that distinguish him from the other players, the referee and the assistant referee

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Answer provided by Referee Jason Wright

Hi Bruce,

As Ref Voshol states, which team changes is up to the competition rules.

For instance, at the higher grades in particular there's a lot of importance placed on home colours at home (and I'd imagine even the sponsors could potentially have something to say, even though they'd be displayed on both shirts).

For lower grades practical concerns may be a consideration - a club may only have a could of spare strips for the entire club, rather than each team having 2 full uniforms.

Futsal will typically be the away team, but it depends on the centre. In the absence of a rule to cover this, I'd default to the away team - but it may also be necessary to be flexible on this, to negotiate just to get the game played.

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Answer provided by Referee Dennis Wickham

Indoor leagues vary greatly in their rules. Home to change in case of a color conflict is a very common rule of competition, but most amateur indoor leagues expect the match to be played as long as the referees can tell the two teams apart.

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