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To recover You Call it answers use the .. Articles.. link button 3rd top left. NEW YOU CALL IT for June 2019
Over the past 20 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 2019 - 2020 LOTG
The new Laws of the Game can be viewed here and will be effective from May 26th 2018

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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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 7/21/2019

RE: rec Under 19

gary of Nashua, NH usa asks...

Should a ref continue the game if he has been assaulted in any way, provided he/she has sent the offending part off and is physically okay?...

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Law 17 - The Corner Kick 7/21/2019

RE: Rec College

Kara of Ottawa, Ontario Canada asks...

[No Ref game]
The ball was going out, off of the opposing team, and my teammate defended the position to the ball, without touching it, until it went out of bounds. The opponent said he saw the ball touch my teammate's shirt before it went out. T...

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Law 11 - Offside 7/20/2019

RE: meh Adult

Dave Mirren of Addis Abbaba, Ethiopia asks...

An attacker is standing in an offside position just beyond the halfway line.

A teammate plays a through ball, which the attacker chases, and touches near the opposing goalline.

Is the free kick awarded near halfway where the attacke...

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Law 5 - The Referee 7/20/2019

RE: Adult

Grant Rae of Montrose, Angus United Kingdom asks...

The ref has blown for half time then the assistant calls him over for a penalty, should the penalty be taken?, as the half is over!...

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Law 5 - The Referee 7/17/2019

RE: Competive Adult

Joshy estrada of Hollister , California USA asks...

If a fan is talking smack to ref and he ends the game to try to fight the fan and all the players then he cases the fight what happens?...

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League Specific 7/17/2019

RE: Recreational Adult

Andre of Toronto, Ontario Canada asks...

I am a convenor for a soccer league. I had a player make a racial comment to an Asian player on another team. He referred to him a couple of times as Mr. Miyagi from the Karate Kid which almost sparked a brawl. The player was eventually red carded f...

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Law 8 - The Start and Restart of Play 7/17/2019

RE: Competitive Adult

Shaun of Melbourn, Australia asks...

I was involved in a theory test and I had this multiple choice question:
A player takes a free kick from inside the goal line the ball hits the referee and enters the goal what decision should the referee make?
A order the free kick to be re...

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Law 4 - The Players Equipment 7/16/2019

RE: Competive Under 16

Emma of Troy, New York United States asks...

Can you wear sticky football gloves as a goalie...

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Law 13 - Free Kicks 7/16/2019

RE: rec. Adult

Joaquin Donis of Plantation, FL usa asks...

I have never seen this shot. The attacking team is given a shot about 20 steps from the goal. All the defending team, with the goalie, lines up as if they were goalie. The whole goal is defended by the whole team. What kind of shot or foul is this.
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Other 7/14/2019

RE: Rec Under 16

Lynda Pollard of GRAVESEND, Kent United Kingdom asks...

Hi there
Advice needed if possible please. My son plays for a local team. At a recent fun day organised by the club's managers, for all the children at the club (8to 15 year olds), one of our referees sent my son off. The man is a qualified FA r...

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