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Law 11 - Offside 8/26/2015

Patrick of Champlin, MN USA asks...

As I read the advice, the explanation about arms not applying when determining position seems restricted to determining the position of the attackers and non-goalkeeper defenders.

If I apply the more general advice that only playable parts o...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 8/26/2015

RE: Rec Adult

Danielle of Portland, OR United States asks...

Why is stiff arming allowed? I play in a recreational, adult women's league and it happens to me quite a bit. Women have even groped me, putting their hand on my chest to hold me off from being able to take the ball. As a player I can tell you allowi...

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Mechanics 8/26/2015

RE: Rec / Select Under 15

Brad of Plymouth, MI USA asks...

I am curious about a general question, and then in answering two specific scenarios around it.

In a general sense, the question: 'Is it allowable to simultaneously book a player or substitute for two distinct cautions, thus resulting in an ...

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Character, Attitude and Control 8/25/2015

RE: Rec Adult

Pete Lake of Melbourne, Victoria Australia asks...

I have been refereeing now for about four years. Just recently I had a game in which several girls (adult) on one side ended up injured, in a couple of cases very badly. It seemed to me that they had over-committed to tackles or fallen badly rather...

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Law 4 - Players Equipment 8/25/2015

RE: Under 14

Darian Duran of Phillipsburg, New Jersey United States asks...

Do you think I can wear a long sleeve Nike base layer under my kit on match day....

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Law 7 - Match Duration 8/24/2015

RE: Adult

dhon lazo of cagayan de oro city, Philippines asks...

If the game was stop due to unplayable venue because it is already dark and no lights available. The remaining time is 16 minutes in the second half. One team already score advantage of 1 against the opposing team. According to the technical director...

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Law 11 - Offside 8/24/2015

RE: Professional

Romeo of Toronto, ON Canada asks...

https://vimeo.com/137069845

In this video, a defender and Attacker A tumble off the field of play. Both remain off the pitch when ball is played by Attacker B. Keeper (2nd last opponent) has foot inches from the goal line. However, his ha...

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Law 11 - Offside 8/23/2015

RE: Intermediate Under 13

Phil of Tarzana, CA United States asks...

I am troubled by the vague phrase 'impacts on an opponent' in the offside rules.

In the scenario by the original poster, let's assume that the PIOP makes a clear attempt to play the ball. Also, assume that the GK rushes out toward the PIOP....

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Law 11 - Offside 8/23/2015

RE: Intermediate Under 13

Phil of Tarzana, CA United States asks...

Do any of you think the new offside guidelines are a step backward?

A couple years ago, a PIOP could interfere with an oppponent if they 'deceive or distract' them. This, of course, was vague & it seemed that a PIOP could do this, even if t...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 8/22/2015

RE: Competitive Under 16

Aaron Speca of Virginia Beach, Virginia United States asks...

Hello Gentlemen! It seems as though it has been a long offseason, but preseason tournaments have started up again and thus breed questions about the LOTG.

So I've read a lot about the concern about head injuries in the game, and how some re...

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