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Law 13 - Free Kicks 9/20/2017

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

my questions are about quick free kick. Player passes to his teammate (he is f.e. 5 yards away). Defender is obviously less than 10 yards away from the spot of the kick.

Three specific questions:

1) Can this defender acti...

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Law 4 - The Players Equipment 9/19/2017

RE: Rec Under 15

Paul Samarel of New York, NY USA asks...

If a goalkeeper loses a shoe while kicking the ball to midfield, what should the referee do?

I know if a player loses a shoe they can put it back on when convenient. But this would be more difficult for a goalkeeper, especially with big g...

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Law 11 - Offside 9/19/2017

RE: Adult

Muhammad Rizwan of Abbottabad, KPK Pakistan asks...

Sir, Hope you are well. Yesterday I was watching the local match here in my city and a goalkeeper kick the goal kick and it was directly taken by the striker / attacker from the head and forward it to his player who was in offside position. The Assis...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 9/19/2017

RE: Adult

Muhammad Rizwan of Abbottabad, KPK Pakistan asks...


Can you just brief me what is ball hand and handball if possible video clip would help me alot. Thanks

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Law 17 - The Corner Kick 9/18/2017

RE: Competive Under 13

Jeff James of ALLEN, TX United States asks...

On the Corner kick where the players are trying to implement some trickery, If player 1 touches the ball and it does NOT come out of the arc and he runs onto the pitch telling player 2 to go take the kick. Player 2 runs to the ball and proceeds to dr...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 9/17/2017

RE: AYSO Flex (Select) Under 11

John Sendrey of Costa Mesa, California USA asks...

In the following video, the goalie is seen struggling to control a ball bouncing between the ground and his hands. (you may need to zoom in on HD video and play in slow motion to see details more clearly).

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Law 4 - The Players Equipment 9/17/2017

RE: Adult

Mashooq of suva, Fiji asks...

can a keeper be wearing a jersey without a number.
what if the ref has given him a yellow card in the match. what can be done in this situation aftr the match...

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High School 9/17/2017

RE: Varsity Soccer Coach High School

Jeffrey Cowles of Hilliard, OH United States asks...

In addition to coaching HS, I also ref as well so this was frustratingly puzzling to me.
During halftime of a game last night, the referee warned our captain about going down to easily in the box trying to draw a penalty (he had already awarded ...

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Law 13 - Free Kicks 9/17/2017

RE: Travel Team - Competitive Under 13

Robert Theisen of Gilbertsville, PA United States asks...

I had a semi professional goalie provide instruction to my center midfielder and goalkeeper on establishing a wall for direct free kicks. His instruction was basically for the center midfielder to step to the ball and start marching off a reasonable ...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 9/17/2017

RE: Under 18

jeffrey of los angeles, la usa asks...

I tend to have difficulty knowing when to caution for persistent infringement and tracking those players

In a game this weekend, Team B was clearly better than Team A and therefore a lot of Team A's defense consisted of pushing, holding, com...

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