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The 117th Annual General Meeting of the International Football Association Board took place in Belfast, Northern Ireland on 15th March 2003.  The amendments to the Laws of the Game made at the meeting and the various instructions and directives are listed below.

AMENDMENTS TO THE LAWS OF THE GAME AND DECISIONS OF THE BOARD

LAW 4 THE PLAYERS' EQUIPMENT - Decisions of the International F.A. Board Decision 1
- Players must not reveal undershirts which contain slogans or advertising.  A player removing his jersey to reveal slogans or advertising will be sanctioned by the competition organizer.
- Jerseys must have sleeves.

The Board agreed to remove the bullet point which permitted advertising only on players' jerseys.

USSF Advice to Referees: Referees are reminded that the issue of player jersey sleeves continues to be guided by the memorandum issued in 2002. No individual player or team should be kept from playing in a game because their jersey does not have sleeves.   No action, beyond including relevant information in the match report, is to be taken by any referee in connection with player jersey sleeves unless a safety concern is involved or a local competition authority rule is to be enforced.