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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 1/9/2022

RE: Adult

Solomon Omowele of Johannesburg , Gauteng South Africa asks...

Are all fouls on the penalty box a penalty?...

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Mechanics 1/4/2022

Crebs Crem of Zagreb, Croatia asks...


As far as I know, VAR cannot get involved unless there is a situation related to to a goal, penalty, direct red card or a mistaken identity. However, does the central referee have the freedom to consult the video assistant referee for incidents which are not related to a goal, penalty, direct red card or a mistaken identity? In other words, how tolerable would it be if the central referee consults the VAR for throw-in, goal-kick, corner-kick, foul, yellow card and second yellow card decisions?

Thank you.

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Law 15 - The Throw In 1/2/2022

Petr of Prague, Czech Republic Czech Republic asks...

One additional question, please.

Advice To Referees says:

The ball is in play on a throw-in when the ball:
1) touches the plane of the touchline and
2) leaves the thrower’s hands.

In our case, point 1) is not taken into account?



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Law 15 - The Throw In 12/31/2021

Petr of Prague, Czech Republic Czech Republic asks...


one 'throw-in procedure' question, please.

Ball leaves player's hands and enters the field. Shortly afterwards, the player completes the movement and raises his foot into the air. Is it illegal?

Thank you very much!...

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High School 12/29/2021

RE: High School championship game High School

John Herbert of Huntersville, North Carolina US asks...

Free kick taken into the box, our player beats the goalie to the ball, he is in the air, goalie does not get off the ground, but jumps into our player, never touches the ball, the ball is headed into the goal. The ref called foul on the attacking player. Though rules of the game indicate that the goalie has to possess the ball in such a scenario in order for a foul to be called. Goalie did not touch ball and initiated contact. ...

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Law 3 - The Players 12/28/2021

RE: l/7 Adult

vince lally of Manchester, United Kingdom asks...

A team turns up with 10 men so you start the game ,the 10 man team are winning 3-0 there manager comes to you and says 1 of his players has to leave ,so they are down to 9 players 15 mins into 2nd half another 1 has to leave ,leaving them with 8 players. the game is a lot closer the score 3-3.With 10 mins left one of the 8 man team gets tackled in the penalty area and screams penalty i think its a good tackle and wave play on the player runs to me shouting and screaming, i am thinking sin bin him to calm down just then his capt comes running over to me and starts shouting and screaming i thought about sin bin both then i stopped
The question what should i do next. ...

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Mechanics 12/27/2021

Crebs Crem of Zagreb, Croatia asks...

Hello and merry Christmas,

I wish to ask about a possible scenario. Assume that VAR is in use. At some point of the game, a player of team A commits a foul against his/her opponent. Since the team B maintains possession and continues to progress towards opponent's penalty area, the referee plays the advantage. After a while, team B loses possession, team A starts a counter attack and scores a goal. Since this is the first stoppage after advantage has been played, the referee shows yellow card to player of team A who committed the misconduct. However, VAR suggests a review and tells the referee that the misconduct might possible deserve a red card. The referee starts a review and decides that the misconduct deserves a red card an...

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High School 12/20/2021

RE: High School

Mark of Eugene, Oregon USA asks...

Player A committed a reckless foul on Player B. Before I had the chance to whistle for the foul, Player B intentionally kicked Player A's legs in retaliation for the foul, to which I gave Player B a RC for VC. I gave him the RC immediately first because from my learning/viewing/experience, I have been told to get RC out ASAP for those offenses.

After a minute where we kept players apart and got Player B off the field, I then issued Player A the YC and gave the restart DFK to Player B's team for the initial foul, because even though I hadn't blown the whistle yet, that was the first foul, and therefore the VC would have been a "dead ball" foul so the restart would not change

Was this the correct procedure? I question t...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 12/19/2021

RE: Fan Adult

Mr Anthony Owens of SOUTH SHIELDS, Tyne and Wear United Kingdom asks...

I was wondering if there are any rules regarding not awarding a free kick or penalty for a foul that happens off the ball. There was an incident today in a match between New'castle and Man City
I hope you've seen the video of the incident for reference)...

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Mechanics 12/15/2021

Crebs Crem of Zagreb, Croatia asks...

I want to ask, what would happen if a head referee starts a VAR review for an incident which is not related to a goal, penalty, red card or a mistaken identity? For example, the head referee gave a free kick for the attacking team in a position which can be very promising in terms of scoring. However, the head referee could not be sure about the foul and started a VAR review. In the end, VAR and the head referee decided there is no foul and restarted the game with a dropped ball and the play went on. In this case, what would happen? Will the match be played again since the action that the referee take doesn’t have any valid explanation? ...

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