Fabio Capello received a setback after FIFA prevented him from arranging a special session between his players and referee Howard Webb ahead of the WC.
The Daily Telegraph reported the manager wanted Webb to go through the new regulations with his players at their training camp, but FIFA rules prevented it.
The players will now be briefed by an official FIFA delegate who will give them a presentation on rule changes.
FIFA has strict rules on officials, after its integrity unit identified referees as the "weak link" in the defence against match-fixing. Referees will be kept in isolation and security guards will be posted outside referees' hotels and no direct outside calls will be allowed to their rooms.