A focus for US Soccer referees this year has been to curtail misbehavior by coaches and others in the technical areas. Until recently, I had never realized how restrictive the Law was concerning coaching and from the sidelines. Law 3, Decision 2 says "A team official may convey tactical instructions to the players during the match and he must return to his position after giving these instructions." I would take this to mean only one team official may convey tactical instructions, but the Additional Instructions, The Technical Area, clarifies that more than one team official may convey tactical instructions (but only one at a time): "Only one person at a time is authorised to convey tactical instructions and he must return to his position after giving these instructions." While I am not sure anyone has a "position" in the technical to return to, I was amazed to see such severe restrictions on coaching players on the field. Then I came across this Sir Stanley Lover article, which declares that "Officially, coaching 'from the boundary lines' continued to be banned until 1993 when, for the first time, a team coach was recognised in football law as an element in the game. The privilege of conveying tactical instructions appeared in IFAB Decision N°13, tacked on to Law 5, then moved to Law 3, Decision 2." Was coaching from the sidelines really banned, or was it banned "officially" but allowed in practice, or was it just not mentioned in the Laws at all? Are current coaches benefitting from a fairly recent change in the law that allows them to participate (beyond selecting substitutes, which themselves have only fairly recently come into the game), or is Lover exaggerating the restrictions on in game coaching that were applied in the past? Has the game really deteriorated this much?