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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 3/18/2018

RE: Intermediate Under 14

Phil of Tarzana, CA United States asks...

This is a follow-up to Question Number: 32316. I thought that you could drop to your knees or ground to pass the ball to the keeper, as long as you hadn't placed the ball on the ground, using your feet.

In fact, I remember a La Liga game (I...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 3/18/2018

RE: Amateur Adult

Michael of North Bay, Ontario Canada asks...

If there is a foul by the attacking team (Team A) inside the defensive team's (Team B) penalty area and the ball falls to another player on Team B - but still in the same penalty area - if they immediately lose possession and Team A scores...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 3/17/2018

RE: Competive Under 19

Sal Lopez of Fort Wayne, Indiana USA asks...

If a player kicks the ball in the air and deliberately heads the ball back to the keeper or gets on the ground and heads the ball back to the keeper and the keeper picks it up, is it consider a pass back and an IDFK is the appropriate action? Is the ...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 3/17/2018

RE: Adult

Kostas of Belmont, California United States asks...

Would you call a foul against the scorer of the last minute goal in Olympiacos-AEK (Feb 4 2018) seen at 5:15 in the link below?


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League Specific 3/16/2018

RE: Adult

christos chazapis of Chania, Greece Greece asks...

Goodmorning from Greece. Is it possible to judge if the goal at the paok - aek game was off or onside?? Thanks a lot!!...

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Law 5 - The Referee 3/16/2018

RE: Pro Adult

Har Rymam of Athens, Attica Greece asks...


First of all thank you for the time to answer my question.
Please don't misunderstand me, the events were shameful, and a disgrace for Greek football.

I would like to reiterate, the question I originally asked.
Please ...

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Law 11 - Offside 3/16/2018

Petr of Prague, Czech Republic Czech Republic asks...

Thanks for the answers. Last question please.

In the first situation (35:30) the referee moved the spot of restart (35:55) closer to the opponent's goal (a few metres from where he raised the flag).

In the second situation (40:50) j...

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Law 11 - Offside 3/16/2018

RE: Pro Adult

Andy Vasilopoulos of Maroussi, Attica Greece asks...


Your feedback has been invaluable, keep up the good work.
Going back to the PAOK-AEK offside, I have a question.
(Not about that offside call)
PAOK published an article about UEFA rules regarding offside, and has a video, t...

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Law 5 - The Referee 3/15/2018

RE: Pro Adult

AEK Fan Club of NY of New York, New York USA asks...

First of all thank you to all for answering my question.

This is simply a followup on the answer given by mr. Peter Grove.
The last scene on the pitch was with the referee and his hand raised, disallowing the goal.

Following tha...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 3/15/2018

RE: Competitive Under 19

Salvador Flores of Indianapolis, IN United States asks...

For a deliberate pass back to the keeper and he picks it up, it is considered an IDFK. What happens if a defender dribbles the ball inside the penalty area, can the keeper pick it up if it was dribble?
For example, a player receives a ball from a...

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