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Soccer Referee Questions on Soccer Rules
Welcome to AskTheRef.com -- a Soccer Law Question and Answer site. Providing answers to questions regarding soccer laws since October 11, 1999... to ask a question simply click on Ask the Ref in the menu bar and pose your question and the panel will reply. Those who have ideas or articles please feel free to contact the editor Richard Dawson at mrref@asktheref.com with suggestions.

To recover You Call it answers use the .. Articles.. link button 3rd top left. NEW YOU CALL IT for NOV 2018
Over the past 18 years we have amassed tens of thousands of questions and answers but the LOTG have changed and/or portions no longer apply. Be SURE to reread the latest version IFAB 2018 - 2019 LOTG
The new Laws of the Game can be viewed here and will be effective from May 26th 2018
http://www.theifab.com/document/laws-of-the-game

VIDEO ASSISTANT REFEREE
How the VAR will work. Check out it, it's an interesting setup. They're putting a lot of work into it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdwOL08NfxQ

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
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCOK7-kc_8o

Also,
https://football-technology.fifa.com/en/innovations/var-at-the-world-cup/

And for explanation on what incidents get looked at
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pp431Y1Eqf0

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 http://nfhs.org/sports-resource-content/soccer-rules-changes-2018-19/
https://ncaasoccer.arbitersports.com/Groups/106254/Library/files/2018_2019_Soccer_Major_Rules_Changes_061118.pdf




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After two years and many request - You Call It is back! Now it's your turn to test your knowledge in a scenario created by our panel of referees. If your answer is spot on we will publish it on our site! Good luck click here!

Mechanics 2/16/2019

RE: Rec Adult

Russell of Sydney, Australia asks...

I agree the wait and see approach is very important, however, I worry that Football is going down the path of our local Rugby League, where rarely a 'try' is awarded without going to check with their equiv of VAR.

While more correct outcomes...

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Mechanics 2/15/2019

RE: Rec Adult

Russell of Sydney, Australia asks...

Fouls or no fouls ?

In the recent Athletico v Real Madrid match, VAR stepped in to make decisions.

https://www.yoursoccerdose.com/2019/02/09/atletico-madrid-vs-real-madrid-highlights/

The first was on the Athletico goal.
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Character, Attitude and Control 2/13/2019

RE: Under 14

jake of las vegas, nv usa asks...

what is the best way to help a referee who just... isn't very good? there is a referee in a local league who does a lot of AR matches and doesn't really do CR, i guess due to nerves. the league wants to get her experience so the past few weekends the...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 2/13/2019

RE: Competitive Under 19

Dave of Sacramento, CA USA asks...

Ball is bouncing around in penalty area...goalkeeper collides with a teammate and falls to ground holding his head as in head injury. Referee blows whistle as an attacker is about to shoot on the wide open goal. After stopping play it becomes appare...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 2/12/2019

RE: Competitive Under 19

David Bermingham of Herndon, VA United States asks...

While I recognize the advice often given on this site that we ordinary referees shouldn't model our actions on what we see FIFA referees do in top level matches, the Manchester United V PSG match on Tuesday has me wondering. We often see and hear ab...

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Other 2/11/2019

RE: Competitive Under 17

Glen Brizendine of Youngsville, NC USA asks...

Thank you for quick reply. I anguished over this all evening. I am glad I was correct on LOTG application and I am also glad to take the advice to always re-start with a whistle on these kicks with step off, and not just a "play when ready". Youre ri...

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Law 5 - The Referee 2/11/2019

RE: Competive Adult

Peter Babbage of Hjorring, Denmark asks...

I read today that a player ( I think it was Zouma) remonstrated with the referee after the match had finished. He was shown a yellow card and then a further one when he continued leading to a red. Is this the correct procedure? I would have though as...

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Law 13 - Free Kicks 2/10/2019

RE: Select / Competitive Under 17

Glen B of Youngsville, NC USA asks...

On a direct free kick, kicker asks for the defenders to be at correct space. CR steps off and moves the defenders back and then points to the Keeper gets a thumbs up and yells play when ready. No whistle. Kicker strikes ball and scores. Defending tea...

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Law 11 - Offside 2/9/2019

RE: Competitive Under 15

Doug of Bethel Island , CA USA asks...

The ball is played back to a defender who misplays the ball. The ball was deflected off the defender and landed at the feet of a forward who was in an offside position. That forward was in an offside position prior to the misplayed pass. As an AR I r...

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High School 2/8/2019

RE: All High School

Derek of Cary, IL USA asks...

I would like further clarification. The idea that I got from the answers was that if advantage is called in the attacking 3rd, it should lead to a goal or an obvious squander by the team with advantage. Otherwise play should stop for the foul as th...

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