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Welcome to AskTheRef.com -- a Soccer Law Question and Answer site.

Providing answers to questions regarding soccer laws since October 11, 1999.


It is with great sadness we report that Keith Contarino is no longer with us having recently passed away to that great soccer pitch beyond! His effort and dedication to this site will be missed. Keith worked tirelessly to keep the site operational. His thousands of answers, occasionally sarcastic or witty not unlike his mentor, Chuck Fleischer, strived to always be correct within the laws of the game, to consider the spirit of those same laws and to encourage the questioner to think for themselves!


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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!

Law 18 - Common Sense 9/20/2014

RE: Rec Under 10

EHarris of Austin, Texas USA asks...

I was told by a high school player today that targeting was illegal in soccer, meaning I cannot place a defender man-on-man against the other team's star player with the goal of preventing him from getting the ball in the first place -- not through o...

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Law 11 - Offside 9/20/2014

RE: Rec Under 19

Dale Gray of Omaha , Ne USA asks...

All teams members are lined up on the mid field line. The goalie is 10 yards out from the 18 yard line(box). Is the goalie the last defender for offside purposes? The AR wasn't calling offside because of the goalie position out of goal box....

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Mechanics 9/20/2014

RE: AYSO Under 15

Ross of Pasadena, CA USA asks...

In my son's U14 game several players on the opposing team started shouting (quite loudly) out the 'referee's calls'. e.g. OUT, HANDBALL, and if their player fell for whatever reason 'HE PUSHED HIM', 'HE KICKED HIM' etc etc
Initially this was j...

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Law 4 - Players Equipment 9/20/2014

RE: lEAGUE Other

JACKY of wEBSTER, ny usa asks...

wHAT ARE THE RULES ON GUAGED EARS...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 9/20/2014

RE: rec Under 18

dan of vien, va us asks...

If in the middle of play, a player dissents. Should the ref stop play immediately if no clear advantage of play exists? (Meaning he will wait for the next restart to caution the player) or if he does or should stop play immediately, is not the corr...

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Law 4 - Players Equipment 9/20/2014

RE: Competitive Under 13

Hannah of Saugus, California United States asks...

Hi I'm very concerned. I just got acrylic nails now and I have a game tommorow. I'm concerned that their gonna say my nails are too long... Their a little long but they are smooth on the edges. I'm just soooo worried that they will notice them please...

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Mechanics 9/19/2014

RE: Youth HS and Some limited adult Other

DHB of Boston area, MA USA asks...

Referee has blown the whistle to award a caution for a reckless tackle. Can the offended team take a quick restart, or must they wait until the caution has been issued and noted and a whistle given? If they can take a quick restart, when does the ref...

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Law 18 - Common Sense 9/19/2014

RE: rec Under 14

john of san andreas, ca usa asks...

Once the keeper plays the ball with their feet from an opposing player, can they pick up the ball with their hands, as long as they are in the penalty area?...

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Law 11 - Offside 9/18/2014

RE: Rec Under 19

Dale Gray of Omaha , NE USA asks...

If the Goalie comes out of the goal box, is he the last defensive player for offside purposes?

We had a game where the AR didn't call offsides because the goalie was standing outside of the goal box. ...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 9/18/2014

RE: 2 Adult

Colin Baty of Silloth, Cumbria UK asks...

I am currently coaching Football in Brazil. And me and my fellow Coaches are having an argument with the offside rule. I am saying the attacker is ONSIDE if when the ball is played forward and the player receiving the ball is past or level with the...

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