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As a result of contrived player antics due to recent law changes on Law 16 FIFA/IFAB offered this circular as an explanation until a final determination is arrived at. https://www.docdroid.net/LSio1Q9/circular-log-law-16-clarification-2019-20-en-draft.pdf
http://theifab.com/news/laws-of-the-game-201920-important-clarifications
Over the past 20 years we have amassed tens of thousands of questions & answers but the LOTG always change and/or portions no longer apply. Be SURE to reread the latest version IFAB 2019 - 2020 LOTG
Laws of the Game can be viewed here
http://www.theifab.com/document/laws-of-the-game

VIDEO ASSISTANT REFEREE
How the VAR will work. Check out it, it's an interesting setup. They're putting a lot of work into it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdwOL08NfxQ

Here are videos on how they'll be doing the VAR line & explanations on what incidents get looked at it takes into account the head/chest/shoulder and not just the feet

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCOK7-kc_8o

https://football-technology.fifa.com/en/innovations/var-at-the-world-cup/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pp431Y1Eqf0

USA high school or college 2018-2019 Rules Changes. They can be found at http://nfhs.org/sports-resource-content/soccer-rules-changes-2018-19/
https://ncaasoccer.arbitersports.com/Groups/106254/Library/files/2018_2019_Soccer_Major_Rules_Changes_061118.pdf
http://nfhs.org/articles/eight-rules-changes-approved-in-high-school-soccer/



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Law 11 - Offside 5/24/2020

RE: Rec. Other

John Ohannessian of Louisville, Colorado US asks...

I just want clarity as the offside rule has changed throughout the years.
What is the proper call when an offensive player, who is in an offside position, receives a deflected ball from a defender and then does score a goal.
Is it a good goal...

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Kicks From The Penalty mark 5/22/2020

RE: Professional

Hussain Jan Gramkani of Muscat, Oman asks...

In kicks from penalty mark, both teams have scored 9 goals, team A player takes his 10th kick and scores then gets R/C because of abusing language. Team B excludes his 11th player. then Team B player scores his 10th kick.
Now Team A has 11th play...

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Law 14 - The Penalty kick 5/21/2020

RE: Rec Adult

Russell Montgomery of Sydney, Australia asks...

Yes, good to see games happening again - and I hope everyone is safe in this 'new normal'.

Agree that the converted penally was within the LOTG, as I did say 'coming close too', and certainly the example Ref MCHUGH provided https://www.youtu...

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Law 3 - The Players 5/21/2020

RE: 3 Adult

Pluto of Melbourne, Victoria AU asks...

IFAB Laws of the game 2019/20 states the following: Law 3 Section 5

If a substitution is made during the half-time interval or before extra time,
the procedure must be completed before the match restarts. If the referee is
not inform...

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Law 14 - The Penalty kick 5/19/2020

RE: Rec Adult

Russell Montgomery of Sydney, Australia asks...

Bayern's Robert Lewandowski's converted penalty in the recently resumed Bundesliga match against Union Berlin looked to be coming close to 'feinting' in the approach to the shot.
Might be technically within the LOTG, but I question it is within w...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 5/4/2020

Larry of Danville, CA US asks...

The player in this instance was onside at the time of the kick. However, am I correct that if he had been in an offside position with the clear intention of distracting the GK, he should be called for offside? And by clear intention, I mean that he i...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 4/29/2020

RE: Rec and competitive Under 19

Jason of La Crosse, WI USA asks...

Can #27 on Newcastle do this:

https://twitter.com/FootyRustling/status/1255464346538442752?s=20

If no, what rule is being broken?...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 4/26/2020

RE: Competitive Under 15

Luis-David Maya of San Mateo, CA USA asks...

UB Caution or VC Send-off? An attacker trips a defender who does not have the ball, about three seconds after the defender cleanly took the ball from the attacker and cleared it.

Additional context:
* Under-14 girls competitive tournamen...

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Law 18 - Common Sense 4/21/2020

RE: Under 19

brett of hattiesburg, ms usa asks...

what about a player who is fouled but stays up, you may give advantage to, but then quickly passes to player in offside position and AR signals offside? Without having given the advantage signal yet, you would just go back and give the foul even with...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 4/20/2020

RE: ex referee Adult

Daniel of Bacau, Romania Romania asks...

Direct free kick for the attackers 18 meters in front of the goal. After the ball has been released by the referee, an attacker shoots the ball towards the goal. A defender runs 3 meters ahead of the wall forward and fends off the shot with a deliber...

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