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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... 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 March 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 2017 - 2018 LOTG
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Referee article of interest for USA high school
You may be interested in seeing the high school 2018-2019 Rules Changes. They can be found at http://nfhs.org/sports-resource-content/soccer-rules-changes-2018-19/


You Call It!

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!

Other 5/26/2018

RE: Intermediate Under 14

Phil of Tarzana, CA United States asks...

Thanks for all your insights. It's wonderful to get different perspectives from experienced referees.

I can see that this is one of the most difficult aspects of judgement because you can lose both respect & control of the game.

I...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 5/26/2018

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

Hello,

what do you think about first goal in today's Champions League final match? Could it be 'preventing the goalkeeper from releasing the ball'?

Thank you very much!...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 5/26/2018

RE: Select Under 19

Keith of Las Vegas, NV USA asks...

https://youtu.be/t7vw0H6JGPU
Though the Liverpool GK made a blunder to even risk this event, I would have called a foul and awarded IFK because the Real Madrid forward was already attempting to kick the ball while the GK still had possession and ...

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Law 3 - The Players 5/25/2018

RE: Competive Other

terrie d of oakton, va usa asks...

At what age does youth soccer limit substitutions? or is that only in the pros?...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 5/24/2018

RE: Adult

gary of nashua, nh usa asks...

Thank you responders, the player receiving YC was the only one instigating (the other was being protected). That is why im surprised he followed up directly with the AL. The team was concerned with the point deductions in standing ie (2 points for do...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 5/24/2018

RE: All levels except professional Other

Dimitrios G. Panagiotidis of DES PLAINES, IL United States asks...

Not a question but more of a follow up to the excellent answers provided so far:

I am basing my decision to this FIFA explanation:

' ... A handball should not be awarded if a player is ruled to have handled the ball accidentally. Th...

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Mechanics 5/24/2018

RE: Intermediate Under 14

Phil of Tarzana, CA United States asks...

I have a question about something referee McHugh said...that he would caution both players. I thought that if you didn't see the 'initial' foul (& no AR did) that you couldn't punish that person, however unfair that may seem.

Sometimes the ...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 5/23/2018

RE: rec Adult

gary of nashua, nh usa asks...

During a game, I gave a caution for UB (player was getting aggressive with another for an alleged push- I never saw it-was in good position). About 10 seconds later, despite the YC, player followed opponent and loudly yelled vulgarity at him from him...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 5/23/2018

RE: All levels except professional Other

Dimitrios G. Panagiotidis of DES PLAINES, IL United States asks...

Attacking team crosses the ball into the goal area almost parallel to goal line, goalie attempts to handle the ball but only touches it lightly still enough to make a defender (who is standing behind him and in front of the right vertical goal post) ...

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Law 3 - The Players 5/22/2018

RE: Competitive Under 14

Eugene of San Jose, CA US asks...

Law 3 says that if the goalkeeper exchanges positions with another player while the ball is in play, the referee should allow play to continue. How should handling be called if one of them handles the ball while the change is taking place? Is it at r...

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