Wrocław firm is on the ball with first-of-its-kind football laws app

The application allows the information to be stored on a phone and lets the user search the laws using key words, highlight sections and insert their own notes to help them with future reference. IFAB

A Wrocław-based IT developer has teamed up with the International Football Association Board (IFAB) to create the first app to help fans understand the laws of football.

The interactive agency, Me and My Friends, which has already worked with some of the country’s biggest brands, beat off competition from a raft of multinational firms to win the tender for the app and accompanying website. 

Available in four languages, with a further ten on the website, the app gives fans, players and officials quick and easy access to the laws that regulate the world’s most popular sport, the first time this has been available in anything other than a book. 

The application comes at an opportune time as with the further implementation of the VAR (video assistant referee) the specific rules and how they should be applied has become a major talking point this season. IFAB

The application allows the information to be stored on a phone and lets the user search the laws using key words, highlight sections and insert their own notes to help them with future reference. 

Łukasz Brud, Secretary of The IFAB, said: “The IFAB's mission is to make the Laws of the Game available globally in the most accessible way. 

The MAMF team, consisting of CEO Jakub Wolff, CFO Krzysztof Wagner and Chief Marketing Officer Kasia Budzyń-Pepłowska, has helped some of Poland’s biggest brands over the last thirteen years including LOT, Grupa Żywiec, the Warsaw Stock Exchange, Empik,  Tymbark, Kruk SA and international brands such as Orange, T-Mobile, Toschiba and Desperados. Me and my Friends/Facebook

“If we do then we also increase the knowledge of supporters, players and coaches, their understanding of the referee’s decisions and respect for the game itself, which is part of our strategy. 

Łukasz Brud, Secretary of The IFAB, said: 'The first official mobile application is a breakthrough moment for The IFAB and the entire football world.'Maciej Kulczyński/PAP

“For these reasons, the first official mobile application is a breakthrough moment for The IFAB and the entire football world.” 

Since its release this summer the app has been downloaded more than 50,000 times and in 188 countries on six continents. IFAB

The application comes at an opportune time as with the further implementation of the VAR (video assistant referee) the specific rules and how they should be applied has become a major talking point this season. 

Since its release this summer the app has been downloaded more than 50,000 times and in 188 countries on six continents.