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Mechanics 2/21/2024

Crebs Crem of Zagreb, Croatia asks...


I would like to ask a question about APP concept of VAR.

Does any unimpeded touch by the defender reset the APP? For instance, team A attacks, the referee misses and offside by team A, one of the players of team A crosses the ball into team B’s penalty box, one of the players of team B scores an own goal although he/she has no opponents around. In this case, should VAR intervene for possible offside in the APP or does the unimpeded touch by the defender who scored an own goal resets the APP and therefore VAR cannot intervene for possible offside? ...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 2/19/2024

RE: Rec Adult

Sal of Chicago, IL United States asks...

A player upset at an opponent screams at the referee “if he touches me again, I’m going to f..k him up. Yellow card or red card for violent conduct?...

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Law 4 - The Players Equipment 2/18/2024

RE: coach Adult

Robert Healey of Bournemouth, dorset England asks...

can a goalkeeper play in all black as it would clash with referee in local soccerleagues in england...

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Other 2/16/2024

RE: Competitive Adult

Mike McConnell of Lachine, QC Canada asks...

Futsal question:
Can the goalkeeper score a goal after having made a save places the ball on the floor and kicks it directly into the opponent’s goal (within the four seconds of possession)? Can the goalkeeper their hands to their feet and drop kick/volley the ball into the opponent’s goal after the initial save and within the four seconds of possession?...

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Law 17 - The Corner Kick 2/15/2024

RE: Adult

Haluk Karacabey of London, United Kingdom asks...

Dear Refs,

My question is regarding the corner rule.

If a player somehow directly kicks the ball outfield (due to curve for example) when taking a corner, without the ball ever coming into the field upon the kick, would a retake of the corner be awarder or a goal kick? I remember seeing in professional level on TV that referees allowing the retake due the ball not having gone into the area upon the player taking, and do appreciate your professional expertise insights on the matter.

Thank you for your input and assistance in advance.

Kind regards,

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Other 2/12/2024

RE: Adult

Douglas Wix of Liverpool, England asks...

In the African Nations final why didn't the var team make the referee aware of a possible red card when KESSIE clearly elbowed the Nigerian player. It was hardly mentioned on TV nor mentioned on bbc Web pages today the day after the game. Many thanks. ...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 2/10/2024

RE: Adult

DEMETRIOS PROTOPAPAS of Limassol, Limassol Cyprus asks...

Hello there,my name is Demetris from limassol CYPRUS.I am a little confused regarding the referee decision to give a penalty after VAR intervention. Match reference AEK v Apollon for the Cyprus league played on Sunday Feb10, video reference ln your opinion was it a penalty or Offside? What is the priority of the evens?Thank you very much...

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Law 3 - The Players 2/10/2024

RE: Middle School NFHS/TASO Regulations Under 14

Bibiana Armenta of San Antonio, TX United States asks...

After overtime is finished and still tied, can the forward player take the position of the Goalkeeper during the penalty shootout?...

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Law 13 - Free Kicks 2/10/2024

RE: Amateur Adult

David Barclay of Manchester, Select United Kingdom asks...

Free kick awarded.
The Ref blows for the kick to be taken.
The player standing over the ball reaches down and moves the ball slightly forward with his hands and then takes the kick.
Isn't that technically handball?

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Law 5 - The Referee 2/10/2024

RE: Adult

Bob Siddle of Harrogate, England asks...

Team A moving forward and the striker is caught and injured in the penalty box. He needs treatment and the physio is on, in the meantime the ref. awards a penalty for the challenge.
The striker should go to the sideline for 30 seconds, ( counted by whom and from what stage of the injury)
Can that played enforce the ref to wait as he is the senior penalty taker, or does the kick have to be taken whilst he is off the pitch?...

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