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Law 11 - Offside 9/27/2014

RE: Parent lineman Under 12

david of trowbridge, wiltshire uk asks...

Attackers A and B have got behind the defence and run on to the goal. Attacker A shoots at the goalie who parries it out to Attacker B who is positioned behind/backwards of Attacker A (not as quick a runner as A) but still ahead of the defenders. If ...

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Law 11 - Offside 9/27/2014

RE: Travel Under 14

Jake Russell of Hollywood, Maryland United States asks...

A kid on my team was in a offside position and a player on the other team passed the ball to him and the ref called him offsides. Was he correct?...

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Character, Attitude and Control 9/27/2014

RE: High School High School

Troy of Cumberland, Maryland USA asks...

Referees Mc Hugh, Dawson, Wickham, Manjone: you have given great insight toward this question. Thank you so much for the advice and your time! Great site, will be back! ...

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Law 1- The Field 9/27/2014

RE: AYSO intermediate Under 17

Scott Potter of San Diego, CA USA asks...

A goal keeper while warming up before the game made marks in the turf with his heal to help him with his angles I presume. The assistant Ref came running up to me and said that he absolutely could not do that and should be given a card? I said I wa...

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Mechanics 9/27/2014

RE: Intermediate Under 13

Phil of Tarzana, CA United States asks...

In a U12 game, red attacker was dribbling toward the penalty area. Right at the penalty area, the GK grabbed the attacker's shirt. It happened so fast, I couldn't tell whether it was inside the penalty area.

However, the red attacker kept ...

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Kicks From The Penalty mark 9/26/2014

RE: rec Adult

Robert Mannion of Malvern, Worcs Worcs asks...

A PLAYER HAS BEEN SENT OFF FOR THE RED TEAM. THE MATCH GOES TO PENALTIES. AFTER 10 PENALTIES THE SCORES ARE LEVEL. BLUE SCORE THEIR 11 TH PENALTY. HAVE THEY WON AS THE REDS ONLY HAVE TEN PLAYERS OR DOES THEIR BEST PLAYER TAKE THE NEXT PENALTY? OR ONE...

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Law 14 - Penalty kick 9/26/2014

RE: Select Under 17

Tony Fong of Norton, MA USA asks...

Hi. In a recent high school game, my daughter was awarded a penalty kick. As she setup for the PK, the opposing keeper came up to her and the referee, spoke to them, and said she was cleaning the ball which she did. It was obviously antics on her par...

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Law 11 - Offside 9/26/2014

RE: competetive Under 19

Glenn of mssion, B.C. Canada asks...

Hello again. I would like some clarification on offside resets from a deliberate play except from a save. Does the save part apply only to the keeper? Example, onside attacker takes a shot on net, the keeper is out of position and is unable to stop t...

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Law 14 - Penalty kick 9/26/2014

RE: Competitive Under 11

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

In advance of Mr. Dawson's question, I might take the referee course once my soccer players have finally graduated! Right now I'm having too much fun watching them play. ;-)

I don't think I've asked this particular question before ... if s...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 9/26/2014

RE: Intermediate Under 12

Phil of Tarzana, CA United States asks...

Just to be clear on 'intent'.
1. If the GK catches the ball inside the 18, loses control immediately & the ball hits the ground, she can pick it up inside the penalty area, whether or not she dribbles first. This is because she never had clear...

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