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Law 8 - Start and Restart of Play 11/26/2014

RE: Intermediate Under 13

Phil of Tarzana, CA United States asks...

I see my question has raised some controversy. I didn't see the issue as one of fairness. The injured girl had just kicked a goal kick & everyone was focused on the opposite end of the field. By the time she slipped, everyone was way down toward t...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 11/26/2014

RE: Premier Adult

Ibrahim Ishiaku of lokoja, State Nigeria asks...

Greetings. If a player is penalized for being in an off-side position for so many times. can that player be cautioned and shown yellow card for persistently infringes the laws of the game? ...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 11/26/2014

RE: Premier Adult

Ibrahim Ishiaku of lokoja, State Nigeria asks...

Can a referee in a match, award a penalty to an attacking team if a defender commits a direct free-kick in its own penalty area and the attacker still gain scoring advantage or should the referee allows the play on for the advantage to ensue or not?...

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Law 11 - Offside 11/24/2014

RE: 6 Adult

steve darlow of manchester, england asks...

a defender turns to play the ball to his keeper it goes to an attacker stood in an offside postion.
what is the correct decision offside or not offside...

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Law 9 - The Ball in and out of Play 11/24/2014

Anon of Altadena, ca US asks...

USSF expressly teaches that a dropped ball may NOT be given when the refere cannot tell which team last touched. (Which makes sense, as a dropped ball takes place where it was when play stopped -- play stopped when the ball was completely off the fi...

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Law 8 - Start and Restart of Play 11/24/2014

RE: Under 13

Scott of Livermore, CA USA asks...

I don't understand the problem some of you had with the referee who allowed play to continue when the attacking team with the injured player had the ball, but stopped play when the defending team gained control. I agree that we should stop play early...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 11/24/2014

RE: Athena Under 16

Russell Campbell of Newnan, GA United States asks...

Is this a hand ball? And, darn it, is that one word or two? :-)

(The parents thought it was an offside call at first.)

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Law 7 - Match Duration 11/24/2014

RE: copetitive Under 16

Darin of coeurdalene, id usa asks...

The ref may change a decision 'provided that he has not restarted play or terminated the match'. (quote from 2013-14 laws of the game)

I understand the restart part, i.e. calling back a goal after realizing there was an offside. Provided th...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 11/24/2014

RE: Adult

Roger Clarke of Market Deeping, England asks...

The other day I was watching a video of the 'altercation' between Roy Keene and Patrick Vieira in the tunnel prior to an Arsenal v Man United game. I recall a referee has no authority before entering the field of play at the start of the game and aft...

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Law 13 - Free Kicks 11/24/2014

RE: Under 13

Jeff of San Francisco, California USA asks...

I had a situation this past weekend where the free kick was taken from about 20 yards out from the goal. The defenders straight away formed a wall '5 yards away, and when I placed the ball I asked the kicker (just to him) if he wanted 10 yards and he...

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