This blogpost is about its development until the First World War. The minutes of the individual meetings are linked at the end of the article.
The Statutes of the IFAB
- Until 1893 the union of the national associations from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales called itself International Board. In the meeting on 17th July 1893 this board adopted its constitution:
- The board is called the International Football Association Board. The four associations, namely the Scottish Football Association (SFA), the English Football Association (FA), the Walloon Association of Football (WAF) and the Irish Football Association (IFA), each send two representatives to the meetings. Supplement on 4th April 1913: Two FIFA representatives were added to the board.
- The board shall discuss and decide on rule changes and, at the request of the associations and national general meetings, matters relating to association football in its international relations.
- Suggestions and amendments concerning the regulations must be received by 1st February each year and will be printed and distributed for the national general meetings on 1st March. These two dates have been postponed twice, namely to 1st April and 20th April (June 14, 1897) and then to 1st April and 8th April (June 9, 1906).
- The board meets on the third Monday in June of each year, the invitation is sent by the association that organizes the meeting. Also this date was changed several times, namely to the second Saturday in June of a year (June 15, 1903). In the meeting of 19th June 1899 it was added that one of the representatives of the organizing association is the secretary of the IFAB meeting.
- The secretary shall record the complete minutes in the minute book and hand the book over to the next organizing association before 1st June of the following year.
- Three of the four national associations must be present for business to be conducted. This number was increased in 1913 by the addition of FIFA to four out of five associations (4 April 1913).
- Changes to the laws of the game may only be adopted at the meetings of the panel in June and only if it is unanimous. Other decisions require a three-quarters majority. Also here: With the addition of FIFA, it was increased to a four-fifths majority (4th April 1913); the majority for rule changes had already been reduced to a three-fourths majority (12th June 1910).
- Special meetings shall be convened by the association, which shall invite the general meeting on a regular basis. These special meetings must be held no later than 28 days after receipt of the motion and 21 days before the motion.
- The decisions of the IFAB Executive Committee are binding for all associations. Changes to the rules of the game are valid if they are accepted by the national associations. Since 1913 all decisions were immediately binding for all members (April 4, 1913).
Resolutions on international games
- For a player born abroad, the nationality of his or her father is decisive (June 1, 1887; June 18, 1894, and June 17, 1895 affirmed).
- The home club makes sure that the field is not used for anything else (18th June 1894).
- The home club will give the away club 100 tickets for the covered area, seven days before the game (June 18, 1894).
- Each national association shall name three referees by 1st April who are eligible for international matches. The home association will then select the referee from this list (14th June 1897).
- On the question of the residence of players eligible for international matches, it was decided that no regulatory measures would be taken 1897 adjourned, on 20th June 1898 adopted). Players selected for international matches are directly subject to the jurisdiction of the association that selected them (20th June 1898). The … Continue reading
- June 18, 1894, Windermere (England)
- June 17, 1895, Glasgow (Scotland) and
- November 1, 1895, Glasgow (Scotland) (adjourned session)
- June 15, 1896, Aberystwyth (Wales)
- June 14, 1897, Rostrevor (Ireland)
- June 20, 1898, London (England)
- June 19, 1899, Glasgow (Scotland)
- June 18, 1900, Llangollen (Wales)
- June 17, 1901, Giant’s Causeway (Ireland)
- June 16, 1902, Scarborough (England)
- June 15, 1903, Ayr (Scotland)
- June 11, 1904, Bangor (Wales)
- June 17, 1905, Killarney (Ireland)
- June 9, 1906, Bowness-on-Windermere (England)
- June 8, 1907, Oban (Scotland)
- June, 19 & 20, 1908, Llandrindod Wells (Wales)
- June 12, 1909, Bundgarn (Scotland)
- June 11, 1910, Brighton (Ireland)
- June 10, 1911, Turnberry (Ireland)
- June 8, 1912, Aberystwyth (Wales)
- February 22, 1913, Wrexham (Wales) (adjourned session)
- April 4, 1913, London (England) (adjourned, extra-ordinary session)
- June 14, 1913, Portrush (Ireland)
- June 13, 1914, Paris (France)
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Decisions on the rule changes
For the rule changes themselves, see the entries in the individual rules. For an overview of the rules, see here.
Decisions regarding professional football matches or football players
Decisions about and with the national associations
Decisions on football and military
IFAB and FIFA
In 1902, the Dutch FA proposed to the IFAB the creation of a Europe-wide association to promote football, organise an international championship and ensure the uniformity of the rules of the game. This association was founded on 21th May 1904 in Paris and was called the Féderation Internationale de Football Association, or FIFA for short.
FIFA and IFAB initially existed side by side without any major points of contact, but then agreed on how to cooperate: FIFA agreed at its general meeting on 5th June 1911 in Dresden to send a representative to the IFAB meetings and announced this shortly afterwards. Too late, however, that this representative was already present at the IFAB meeting on 10th June 1911.
But also in 1912 no FIFA representative was present in the IFAB and in 1913 the IFAB discussed whether one or two representatives of the FIFA should be accepted. Two of each national association (of the United Kingdom) were present at the meetings. The decision was postponed until April 1913, when it was decided that in future two FIFA representatives could and should attend the IFAB meetings. The next IFAB meeting took place on 13th June 1914 at the Hotel Palais d’Orsay in Paris, just before the beginning of the Great War.
The minutes – A sourcebook
The meetings rotated until 1908 in the order England – Scotland – Wales – Ireland. In 1909 the meeting took place in Scotland, Ireland and in the following years the meeting took place twice in Ireland, twice in Wales, then once in Ireland and finally once in Paris.
For the minutes see the sourcebook of minutes on the website of The IFAB and scroll along the timeline.