Year (Source) new or changed laws (proposing club, if known)
1847 and following years (Eton Field Game) Start: bully. At half time the ends are changed.
1858 (Harrow Football) Start: Toss, except in school games, then the team of the headmaster has the side choice. Toss decides which team has the kick-off from the centre of the field. At half time the ends are changed. Kick-off from the middle of the field, halfway between the two goals.
1862 (The Simplest Game) Start: Kick-off from the middle of the field, halfway between the two goals. All other players are at least 4 yd away from the ball until it has been kicked.
1862 (Sheffield FC / FA) & 1863 (FA) Start: Toss. Toss decides which team has the kick-off from the centre of the field (Sheffield FA until 1878, FA until 1873). At every goal or a goalless half the ends are changed. Also the restart starts with the kick-off from the centre of the field; the kick-off after a goal from the team who had suffered a goal, after half time from the team who has won the toss and the beginning of the match. Before the ball is not in play, the opposing players were only allowed to approach it up to 10 yd (marked by the middle circle).
1863 (Cambridge University) Start: Toss. Toss decides which team has the kick-off from the centre of the field. At half time the game sides are changed.
1873 (FA) Start: Toss. Toss decides which team can choose between kick-off or choices of ends. If they choose the end, the opponent has to kick-off (Queen’s Park). Restart: Kick-off by the same team as at the beginning.
1874 (FA) No player is allowed to stand in the opposing field until the kick-off is done (Harrow Chequers).
1875 (Sheffield FA & FA) Only at half time the game sides are changed. (FA: Woodford Walls)
1883 (FA) The kick-off may only be kicked in direction of the opposing goal (Wanderers FC, Upton Park FC).
1888 (IFAB) If the game is stopped without a foul, the match is restarted with a dropped ball – the ball is not in play again until it has touched the ground.
1902 (IFAB) If the dropped ball goes into touch or behind the goal without been touched by a player, it will be repeated.
1903 (FA) If the kick-off was incorrect, it must be repeated.
zwischen 1967 und 1977 (DFB) The kick-off is a direct free kick.
1978 (IFAB) If a free kick is taken for a team in its own goal area, the free kick may be taken from any point within the goal area (FA).
1985 (IFAB) The match is restarted by a dropped ball at the place where it was when the match was finished. Addition: Unless the ball was in the goal area at that time, in which case it shall be dropped onto that part of the goal area line which is parallel to the goal line, at the point nearest to where the ball is located, as in the case of interruption of play (FA).
1990 (IFAB) An offside position is possible at a dropped ball (FA).
2016 (IFAB) As before 1883, the kick-off must not be kicked in the direction of the opponent’s goal.

 

Proposals for law amendments that were not accepted:

year club/association proposal reaction
1874 Woodford Walls Changing sides only once a month maximum. rejected
1882 Wanderers FC and Upton Park FC The kick-off must be only in direction of the opposing goal (In 1883 the same suggestion was accepted.) rejected