I have been working on the evolution of the Laws of the Game since 2015.
I found a niche in the football history that interests and fascinates me and in which I can do basic research. When comparing the countless overviews of the evolution of the Laws of the Game, I noticed that some of them are flawed, are often copied from each other and that there was simply no complete overview of all law changes anywhere.
That’s why I made them.
As a volunteer project, I started the German-language blog Nachspielzeiten.de in 2017 to make my research and (hi)stories about the development the football rules publicly available and open access.
Because … why should I keep them just for myself?
The main source were the minutes of the Annual General Meeting of The IFAB, which are also largely open access here. In part, earlier editions of the Laws of the Game were also used as sources.
The chronological overviews
The visual overview
A visual overview offers this post with the following graphic. It illustrates the changes in wording and word frequency in the FA Rules and Laws of the Game from 1863 to the present.