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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 3/30/2015

RE: Professional

john of liverpool, england asks...

man utd v liverpool heerea lunges at gerard gets booked for intent then gerard retaliates and stamps on hereea the ref sends gerard off then awards the free kick to utd if the first offence was comitted by utd surely liverpool should have the free ki...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 3/29/2015

RE: Adult

STEVE of CARDIFF, UK asks...

I UNDERSTAND THAT IF A GOAL KICK IS TAKEN, LEAVES THE BOX AND IS BLOWN BY THE WIND BACK INTO THE GOAL THE MATCH IS RESTARTED WITH A CORNER KICKĻ.BUT DOES THIS CHANG IF IN THE SAME CIRCUMSTANCES THE GOAL KEEPER ATTEMPTS TO STOP THE BALL FROM GOING INT...

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Kicks From The Penalty mark 3/28/2015

RE: Intermediate Under 13

Phil of Tarzana, CA United States asks...

I recall a question some time ago where the game was going to be decided by kicks from the penalty mark. Each of the players on one team went up to the referee & spit, leaving only their best penalty kicker. The advice, at that time, was to abandon...

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Mechanics 3/28/2015

RE: Intermediate Under 13

Phil of Tarzana, CA United States asks...

I have a related question. During the game, after a goal is scored, the younger players always wait & look at me before a kickoff. I usually just nod & say 'Go ahead'. Of course, you have to wait until everyone is back on their side of the field &...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 3/27/2015

RE: Adult

john ross of toronto, ontario canada asks...

the attacker was in the penalty area with an empty net in front of him. The defender player behind him 'Yells out-Let me score. Pass me the ball.'
Pretending to be his teammate. This action denied the attacker a goal scoring opportunity.

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Law 11 - Offside 3/27/2015

RE: Adult

demetris protopapas of limassol, Cyprus asks...

Hello,we have a controversy here in Cyprus over an offside decision given by the referee in soccer game.This decision devided the soccer fans in 2 opposite sides and no one here gave an official answer. Can you help if I send you the video.If yes whe...

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Kicks From The Penalty mark 3/26/2015

RE: div 3 High School

Andrew of mtl, canada asks...

What is the rule?
On penalty shoots outs at the end of the game , if a player runs up and stops, then shoots. What happens?
Also if he was cautioned once by the referee and does it 2 more times, is the player not removed? ...

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Law 8 - Start and Restart of Play 3/25/2015

RE: AYSO U12 Under 12

Karl Gajdusek of Los Angeles, CA USA asks...

Hi there,

This season more than any other I am finding time and time again the player about to take a corner kick looking to me for a whistle or some indication that they can take the kick. I usually respond by pointing to them and saying so...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 3/25/2015

RE: Competitive Adult

Jack Smith of Sydney, New South Wales Australia asks...

After watching highlights of the recent El Clasico, I saw an incident where Bale was tackled by Pique on the edge of the area. I couldn't find an online video of the incident, but I found a gif of it here: https://gfycat.com/CluelessBossyEyelashpitvi...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 3/24/2015

RE: Rec Under 10

Jay LaFountain of Coldwater, MI USA asks...

I was doing a GU10 game and a ball was kicked. Watched the player deliberately cross her arms over her chest, wait for the ball, and then used her arms instead of her chest to play the ball, blew the whistle, penalty kick (she was in the box). The ...

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