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How the VAR will work. Check out it, it's an interesting setup. They're putting a lot of work into it.

Here's a video on how they'll be doing the VAR line looks like, unlike what a lot of us see on TV, it'll try to take into account the head/chest/shoulder and not just the feet


And for explanation on what incidents get looked at

Referee article of interest for USA high school
You may be interested in seeing the high school or college 2018-2019 Rules Changes. They can be found at

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Law 3 - The Players 3/21/2019

RE: Rec Adult

Steve Quinn of Perth, WA Australia asks...

In your answer to Jeremy Brogan, a couple of you said the restart to an extra person on the field of play when a goal is scored was a goal kick or IFK. Surely that has now been changed to a DFK from wherever the extra player was?...

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Law 3 - The Players 3/20/2019

RE: Grass Roots Adult

Irishkeeper of Old Toongabbie, NSW Australia asks...

If a team has less than seven players because the others have been sent to the temporary dismissal area does the referee abandon the game as one side has less than seven players on the FOP? ...

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Mechanics 3/19/2019

RE: Under 17

steve of houston, tx usa asks...

If a fight (not mass confrontation) breaks out in a youth game should you be physical with players to break them apart? Obviously in a mass confrontation situation your crew needs to just record numbers. But if say two youth players are fighting, and...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 3/19/2019

RE: Youth to adult, comp and rec.

Barry Stewart of Chilliwack, BC Canada asks...

As Richard Dawson said: ' the park level no one would be inconsolably freaked out if it was red.'

I've got to say, I'm seeing red on that play - at least at the 'park level.' I know if I had been taken out like that, I'd have a good cha...

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Law 13 - Free Kicks 3/18/2019

RE: Select High School

Richard Jones of RICHMOND, TX US asks...

Why did they make the rule that the ball has to leave the penalty area on a free kick or the kick has to be retaken?...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 3/18/2019

RE: Rec Adult

russell of Sydney, Australia asks...

Foul recognition " why did VAR overturn the straight red shown to Lindelof in the Wolves v Man U FA cup match.

Looking at the front on replays, I am surprised that the VAR officials marked this down as yellow only, effectively saying that Re...

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Law 3 - The Players 3/18/2019

RE: Travel/select Under 14

jeremy brogan of Cincinnati, OH United States asks...

Our goalie was given a red card. The coach pulled out center back to play keeper and then subbed a new center . This left is with still 11 players. The opposing team then kicked a ball out of play. On our next possesion one of our players, not the...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 3/18/2019

RE: Under 17

jake of las vegas, nv usa asks...

Please see my attached beautiful diagram. Should this sort of foul always be a YC for UB (tactical foul)? Attacker A has ball running up sideline with no defenders directly in front of them on the opponent's half of the field towards goal and a defen...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 3/17/2019

RE: College

Mel of Stuttgart, Germany asks...

If the ball hits the body first or part of it (e.g. leg) and from there it hits the arm or hand (opened, not on body) is it considered handball then?...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 3/16/2019

RE: Competitive Under 15

Eric Miller of Albany, NY USA asks...

After the goalkeeper makes a save inside the penalty box, he throws the ball to his teammate and the ball hits his teammate's hand inside the penalty box. Is this a direct kick (penalty) for the opposing team, or an Indirect kick for the opposing tea...

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