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Law 5 - The Referee 2/6/2016

RE: Adult

Ref of Australia , australia asks...


When can you use a drop ball to restart play other then injury our outside interference? Back in the day it was used for most misconducts? if player leaves field play to commit a offense or one enters the FOP or say VC occurs behind the ...

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Law 5 - The Referee 2/6/2016

RE: Adult

Robert Findley of Gosford, nsw australia asks...

What happens to the match if the referee does not follow the rules and red cards a player and can the team walk off the field in protest and the match be null en void...

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Law 5 - The Referee 2/6/2016

RE: Competitive Adult

Scott Mckenzie of Peterhead , Scotland asks...

How long after the final whistle can a referee show a yellow or red card to a player ? ...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 2/6/2016

RE: Under 17

yogesh of mumbai, maharashtra india asks...

Is it appropriate for a goalkeeper to scream to the other team's striker if the striker is about to score a goal?...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 2/5/2016

RE: Intermediate Under 13

Phil of Tarzana, CA United States asks...

I have a question regarding what referee Joe McHugh said. If a defender has the ball & an attacker is running to challenge him/her, why can't another defender step in between IF the ball is within playing distance of the 2nd defender.


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League Specific 2/4/2016

RE: Select Under 13

Matt of Bristow, VA USA asks...

A coach is coaching two teams at adjacent fields simultaneously. Due to his conduct, he is instructed to leave the field by the referee for match A. If this scenario is not addressed by competition rules, would the coach be allowed to remain on the...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 2/4/2016

RE: Youth to adult, comp and rec.

Barry Stewart of Chilliwack, BC Canada asks...

On the question of impeding that escalates to body contact: say I'm a defender, running toward a ball, with an attacker on my heels.

I see my keeper coming out for the ball, so I slow my paceŽ then stop dead, 5 paces from the ball. My intent...

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Character, Attitude and Control 2/3/2016

RE: Rec Under 19

George of Parangarecutirimicuaro, CA Sacratomato asks...

Over the weekend, I was a referee for a U19 game. This particular league is considered more advanced than Rec hence the Winter league, but below Comp as far as skill goes. In this particular league I often find myself refereeing with either referee...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 2/3/2016

RE: Club Under 13

Derek of Cary, IL USA asks...

Referee Dawson brings up a point that I am unsure about. Does holding require contact?

I had a play once where the attacker passed the ball ahead of a teammate. A defender gets in front of said teammate, away from the ball and slows down, ...

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Law 13 - Free Kicks 2/3/2016

RE: Any Other

Derek of Cary, IL USA asks...

Some scenarios, please tell me what the correct restart would be.

1. Referee stops play for an IFK offense. The referee does not put his hand up to signal indirect. The ball enters the defending team's goal directly.

2. Referee st...

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