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Law 11 - Offside 10/8/2015

RE: High School Game Adult

Dan Corp of Livonia, MI USA asks...

The offense has a corner kick. The kick is taken and the ball bounces around and ends up at the 18 in front of the net. The defense moves up leaving an offensive player 3 yards out and by the corner of the net in the offside position. Goalie in the m...

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Law 16 - Goal Kick 10/8/2015

RE: Rec Under 8

Jenn of SANDWICH, IL United States asks...

My question is on a Goal Kick, if the defensive player takes the kick, can the goalie stay inside the goal box or does he have to move out to the Penalty box. Sorry new coach so want to make sure I teach them properly....

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Mechanics 10/7/2015

RE: Rec/select Under 15

Brad Heers of Plymouth, Michigan United States asks...

This scenario raises two questions in me that revolve around 'interpretation' and practical game management.

The example cited is of a keeper dropping the ball due to 'dissenting-level' distraction of the opposing coach, then reacquiring t...

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Law 9 - The Ball in and out of Play 10/7/2015

RE: High School High School

Derek of Cary, IL USA asks...

The ball is booted into the air and hits an overhanging tree and is otherwise still on the field. Should we stop play since this 'outside agent' interfered with play? What would be the restart?...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 10/7/2015

RE: Regular Season High School Game High School

LJ Baker of Sparta, NJ USA asks...

The attacking team is awarded a free kick a few yards outside the area. The kick is taken and blocked by the goalie. The referee blows his whistle and calls a foul on an attacking team player (egregious enough to warrant a yellow card). At this po...

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Law 14 - Penalty kick 10/7/2015

RE: Adult

George of Thessaloniki, Greece asks...

Hi, my question is about penalties and when a goal is valid or not. Imagine the situations:

A player shoots a penalty in:
A)The course of a normal game.
B)In a penalty shoot-out, of a competition after the regulation time, e.g in a w...

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Other 10/6/2015

RE: Select, Middle School Under 14

Rick of Portage, MI USA asks...

My question is in regards to mentoring younger refs. I haven't been a ref long, couple years, but I am an older guy. I see a lot of these younger refs who seem afraid to blow the whistle and when they do it's barely audiable. And they seem to have...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 10/6/2015

RE: Conp Under 17

John arnold of Berkeley , Ca Usa asks...

Opinions on this action by the ref?
Justified red card? And does the sub get to come on?...

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Law 8 - Start and Restart of Play 10/6/2015

RE: AYSO Under 19

anon of altadena, ca usa asks...

I disagree with the statement by Mr. McHugh regarding simultaneous touches on a ball going of play in which he states, 'Now the technical answer is that the referee can go with a dropped ball.' The (apparently now defunct) US ATR said specifically t...

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Law 5 - The Referee 10/6/2015

RE: Competitive\Academy Under 10

Daniel S. of Carrollton, TX USA asks...

I was refereeing an Under 10 Girls game and the play quickly turned in my direction at which point I sprinted backward about a yard to get out of the area the play was advancing toward. In doing so I had knocked a player that was behind me from her f...

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