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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 4/11/2014

RE: rec Other

sal of chicago, il usa asks...

I know that dissent from player to ref is by word or action. If a player gives you, let's say after a call against him, a fixed long stare or laughs and shakes his head while looking at you. Can that be considered a cautionable dissent?...

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Law 14 - Penalty kick 4/10/2014

RE: Competitive Adult

Paul of Ridgewood, NJ USA asks...

Penalty is awarded during the game. Shot is taken and saved. Ref rules encroachment by the defending team and awards a re-take. Question: does the same player need to take the spot kick or do they have right to change who takes the kick? ...

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Law 5 - The Referee 4/10/2014

RE: semi pro Other

Dean Hills of SWANSEA, Select United Kingdom asks...

A player goes down with cramp when ball goes out of play for throw in. Does the player have to leave the field of play on restart. He has not been seen by any of the coaching staff or physio. ...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 4/10/2014

RE: Travel Under 11

Frank Shaeffer of Perkasie, PA United States asks...

I know this question has been asked before in some way. My question though has to do with 'special situations' concerning short fields and indoor play, but I was just looking for a general ruling. Two part question though.
My daughte...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 4/10/2014

RE: Competitive Adult

Bob Staley of Petoskey, Michigan USA asks...

Could you have a goal and a red card for violent conduct? I.e...

Blue player is on a lone breakaway toward the goal when the red goalkeeper rushes out and deliberately football-style tackles the blue player with excessive force. The ball rol...

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Law 5 - The Referee 4/9/2014

RE: Rec Other

Paul of Milton, Ontario Canada asks...

My question is about allowing advantage immediately after a DOGSO offence.

If the offence occurs in the penalty area, and the referee does NOT apply advantage, it is obviously a penalty kick that is awarded, and a red card shown.


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Law 15 - Throw In 4/9/2014

RE: Select Under 11

Mike of Lincoln, NE USA asks...

During a throw in when can you lift your trailing foot? Is it once the ball is released from your hands? Another way of asking...I realize you have to keep both feet on ground during the throw in but at some point you will naturally lift your foot to...

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Law 11 - Offside 4/8/2014

RE: rec Under 11

brendan of folsom, ca us asks...

Player B has the ball and the second to last defender comes up on Player B to prevent forward movement. Player B makes a crossing pass and the ball actually ends up behind Player B and the second to last defender (it goes laterally but curves so t...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 4/8/2014

RE: rec Under 17

daniel of vienna, va usa asks...

I noticed in the USSF Laws of the Game that a player can be sent off for denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity with a foul worthy of a free kick or a penalty kick. What if that kick is an IFK?

For example, the ball is kicked high i...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 4/8/2014

RE: Local Competitive Adult

Jason Harries of Swansea, Wales asks...

The goal keeper attempts to clear a deliberate back pass. The genuine attempt to clear is miscued and the ball goes straight up in the air. As the opposing team attempt to score the goalkeeper catches the ball before anyone else has touched the ball....

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