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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 12/11/2017

RE: Rec Adult

Russell of Sydney, Australia asks...

A foul recognition question.

Southampton v Arsenal Two challenges seemingly similar (contact from defender on opponent after ball is played) with different outcomes.

Is there enough difference between the challenge of the late tack...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 12/11/2017

RE: other Adult

Soccer Fan of Kampala, Kampala District Uganda asks...

What is a straight red card?...

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Law 5 - The Referee 12/11/2017

RE: competitive High School

alex of fort collins, colorado larimer asks...

I'm becoming a ref and starting to pick up my gear. I thought I didn't need a watch because I already have a tom-tom spark 3 for running, and since it has a timer, would be good enough for reffing. Is it good enough? What functions does my watch have...

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Other 12/10/2017

RE: Competive High School

Aadrian of Conway, AR United States asks...

At the high school football state championship game a fan from the opposing team ran out on the field with 3 seconds left in the game and the refs gave them a 15 yard unsportsmanlike penalty! They also added 9 seconds to the clock as well; is this th...

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Law 4 - The Players Equipment 12/10/2017

RE: Competive Adult

Nia of Damansara, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia asks...

Hi again Ref!

Id like to know. If a player play with a ball and accidently losing his shoes when he kick the ball and ball goes into the net. Goal or no goal?

Thank you...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 12/9/2017

RE: Adult

Alan of Kings Langley, Herts United Kingdom asks...

West Ham vs Chelsea today
Player booked for jumping into the crowd after scoring, why arent the other two players that also jump into the crowd with him not booked?...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 12/8/2017

RE: Select Under 14

Eric of Kirkland, WA United States asks...

Is it a handball if the defender puts their arm in front of their face before an offensive player blasts the ball at them (the ball strikes the arm, but isn't 'handled' beyond that)?

And secondarily, should I be teaching my players to do thi...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 12/8/2017

RE: Teir 1 Under 16

Nick of Calgary , Alberta Canada asks...

Can the goal keeper handle the ball in the penalty D in indoor soccer in alberta...

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Law 13 - Free Kicks 12/7/2017

RE: Competitive, over 40’s Adult

Deryck Sayers of Santa Clarita, CA United States asks...

2 questions, simple ones really.

Im a goal keeper and a free kick was awarded in my favor, inside the 18 yard box. I took the kick short to one of my defenders who received the ball inside the 18 yard box. The referee insisted that any kick,...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 12/7/2017

RE: Intermediate Under 14

Phil of Tarzana, CA United States asks...

I have a follow-up question to something that referee Dawson said. If we suppose that the ball has already crossed the goal line (a miss) & therefore out of play when there's a late tackle, referee Dawson said that could be a yellow or red card for ...

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