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Mechanics 10/20/2014

RE: rec Under 18

paul beevers of Bradford, uk asks...

A ref booked my player twice but never shown him the red card at the match he said because he didnt show him a red he would put it though as a booking but has sent me a message after the game saying he has put it though as a red card is this correct...

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League Specific 10/19/2014

RE: Adult

nyi lin soe of Yangon, Yangon Myanmar(Burma) asks...

When home team r win..Referee whistle finish match..both team r not go to rest room or away team go to rest room.then supporters of home team r go on football field cheering...any break rule???...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 10/19/2014

RE: Interscholastic High School

John of Madrid, NY USA asks...

Re: NFHS high school rules.
-Can the high school referee penalize misconduct, (ie. dissent, delay, verbal tactics etc.), by awarding an indirect free kick and verbally admonishing the player without cautioning him?...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 10/18/2014

RE: ymca Under 13

george of hickory, nc usa asks...

where is that in the rules that hands protecting the face in the penalty box is not a hand ball? I could not find it in the rules....

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League Specific 10/18/2014

RE: select Under 9

tom wade of bellville, ohio usa asks...

Had a parent argue that Rica had a rule change and that the goalies body became one with the ball and that if the body of the goalie from the waist up crossed the goal line even though the ball in the goalies hand did not it was a goal. My understand...

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Law 11 - Offside 10/17/2014

RE: Competitive. High School

James of Clovis, CA USA asks...

My assistant and I have a disagreement on weather an offsides should be called or not when a defender plays the ball back to a goalkeeper or another defender and if an offensive player cuts off the pass back when he or she is in an offsides position....

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Law 11 - Offside 10/17/2014

RE: Youth competitive Adult

Bob Dawson of Camarillo, Calif USA asks...

A player cannot be judged to be offside if they receive the ball 'directly' on a throw-in.

But ... if the ball is deflected, say, bounces off an opponents back, on a throw-in and is then played by a player in offside position, would they be ...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 10/17/2014

RE: Rec Adult

Thomas Nguyen of Garden Grove, CA United States asks...

Hi refs.

When does sliding tackles become a foul? What are the rules of thumb?

Here is the situ: a red attacker was advancing with the ball about 2 feet in front of him (he clearly had possession of the ball). A white defender cam...

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League Specific 10/16/2014

RE: Competitive High School

Rick Moore of Weston, CT USA asks...

Is an assist awarded on a play where after the pass is made to the goal scorer, they have to elude a defender before scoring the goal. Player A passes to B. B is challenged by a defender or goalie, changes directions to elude the challenge and then...

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League Specific 10/16/2014

RE: Junior Soccer Under 16

Graham Byrne of Southport, Merseyside United kingdom asks...

Can you let me know if there are guidelines for referees at junior soccer to appoint linesmen?
I have been coaching for 6 years and always just done throw ins to assist the ref. in out last game the ref asked both managers to also do offsides as ...

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