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Law 16 - The Goal Kick 5/26/2017

RE: Rec Under 15

Jeff Banks of Kona, HI USA asks...

A goal kick was taken and a teammate stayed inside the penalty area. The goal kick rebounds off of his teammate's back into the goal.
Is the goal kick retaken?...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 5/24/2017

RE: Select Under 19

Matt of Bristow, VA USA asks...

A long hard ball is played from midfield towards the point where the PA intersects with the endline. The GK sprints out to intercept it but realizes that his momentum is going to carry him outside the PA. He touches the ball with his hands to keep ...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 5/24/2017

RE: AYSO Under 15

Jef Reiner of Captain Cook, Hawaii USA asks...

As a beginning referee I would like clarification on fouls and misconduct. Law 12 explains misconduct very well, but I want to make sure that my understanding is correct. Fouls are awarded DFK or IFK and are only awarded a yellow or red card, if the ...

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Law 14 - The Penalty kick 5/24/2017

RE: Youth Premiere Under 19

Matt of Salt Lake City, UT United States of America asks...

During a penalty kick procedure, but prior to the kick being taken, defender B1 pushes attacker A2 into the penalty area. The kick is taken while A2 is still in the penalty area. The penalty kick is missed.

I've been involved with soccer f...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 5/24/2017

RE: District Under 16

Peter of Ottawa, On Canada asks...

Strange occurrence in a u15 district level game tonight. There was an indirect free kick for the goalie handling the ball after it was kicked back.
When the attacking team went to take the kick both players jumped over the ball to fake the kick...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 5/23/2017

RE: All Under 13

Tom of Mt joy, Pennsylvania Usa asks...

Can an opposing player block a goalies punt if they are outside of the 18 yard box?...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 5/23/2017

RE: Amateur Adult

George of Parangarecutirimicuaro, CA Sacratomato asks...

There was a ball that was rolling towards the penalty box. The defender escorted the ball while positioning himself to block any attackers. Goalie is sprinting towards the ball since there is an attacker on his way. Goalie picks up the ball but bobbl...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 5/23/2017

RE: Adult

Benjamin Nielsen of Vejle, Danmark asks...


A player from a defending team decides to clear the ball away from his own defending zone. He hits it wrong and the ball ends up in his own penalty area, where his goalkeeper catches the ball.

So, my question is: Is that a legal...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 5/20/2017

RE: Division 1 Under 14

Vic Beacham of Monash, ACT Australia asks...

A defender was pushed to the ground by an attacker in front of his goal, as he hit the ground he tried to kick the ball away. The referee awarded the attacker a penalty kick.

After the game the defender's coach sought clarification from the ...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 5/20/2017

RE: Adult

Brian Lee of Wishaw, North Lanarkshire United Kingdom asks...

if a goal keeper deliberately handles a ball outside the area but the play continues and the attacking team score does the referee
A) allow the goal to stand and card the keeper
B)disallow the goal and award a direct free kick and send keeper...

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