A list of commonly asked football questions.
Why is it not possible for video footage to be used to assist the referees during play?
Any discussions on video technology or other experiments to the Laws of the Game must take place within the forum of the International Football Association Board (IFAB), the body responsible for the Laws of the Game of which The FA is a member. The Laws of the Game are universal, and applicable at all levels of the game around the world.
The IFAB is the body responsible for the Laws of the Game, and is comprised of FIFA and the four British national associations (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland), in recognition of their historical role in codifying the original Laws.
The Board discusses not only the existing wording of the Laws and possible amendments to them, but also experiments and new technologies. Each of the five parties has the right to put forward issues for the agenda.
The FA is willing to discuss and consider any form of video technology that would improve decision-making while not disrupting the game. The key factor is whether a message can be transmitted immediately to the referee allowing him to take an immediate decision without interrupting play.
Will The FA introduce a salary cap on players wages?
If The FA were to introduce an independent transfer setting or a wage capping system, we may well see English players (and English-based players) moving abroad to earn a (better) living, which would ultimately affect the English national game.
If salary caps were to come into effect, they would have to be introduced in every country in order for them to work effectively. For this reason it would be a matter for FIFA to decide. Due to a range of considerations - financial, logistical etc - it is highly unlikely that FIFA would consider such changes.
Where can I obtain a list of FIFA player agents?
Click here for a list of FIFA Licensed Agents.