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Law 7 - Match Duration 6/27/2016

RE: social Other

Pierre of jhb, jhb rsa asks...

Morning. I would like to know in a soccer match, what happens when a referee refuses to continue referring a game. A new ref is asked to referee the game. How should the game continue. then the next ref refs for 10 minutes then walks of the field. A ...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 6/27/2016

RE: Competitive Adult

Paul of Hamilton, Ontario Canada asks...

Hi, we were playing yesterday and I crossed the ball into the box, the goalie tapped the ball and it hit his player in the arm and deflected back into the goalie's hands. I understand that if it is not intentional then it is not a hand ball call but...

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Law 13 - Free Kicks 6/27/2016

g of greenock, scotland asks...

There has been some debate over this goal over the years. The goal was scored in 1976 and I have read that subsequently the FA banned the flick although I have never seen this verified. I have also seen it said that the ball didn't travel its' circum...

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Law 13 - Free Kicks 6/27/2016

RE: Other

Moshe levy of Palatine, Illinois Usa asks...

Offside inside the penalty area!
Q. Are the player must kick the ball outside the box?
Q. Are the all players must to leave the penalty box?
Thank you !...

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Law 11 - Offside 6/27/2016

RE: High School

Iai of Las Vegas, Nevada USA asks...

If a defender deflects a pass to an attacker in an offside position, is he offside?...

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Law 14 - Penalty kick 6/27/2016

RE: Adult

John J. O'Hara of Berlin, New Jersey USA asks...

On a penalty kick- Once the referee blows his whistle, is there a time limit on when the attempt must take place? Also, I've seen penalty kickers stutter-step or even hesitate before kicking in an apparent attempt to deceive the goalkeeper. Comment?...

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Law 5 - The Referee 6/26/2016

RE: rec Adult

waym of Auckland , New Zealand asks...

A Referee gave a free kick at the edge of the penalty area for a foul during the end of a cup game, an altercation happened between the defender and attacker, He gave the defender a yellow card for over re-acting from a push, and a Red card to the At...

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Law 8 - Start and Restart of Play 6/26/2016

graeme ross of gree, scotland asks...

can you tell me in what year the requirement for the ball to travel its' circumference was removed from the laws of the game?...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 6/26/2016

RE: Just for fun Under 15

Sam Runia of Zuidhorn, Groningen The Netherlands asks...

When a goalkeeper has the ball in his hands, and he bounces the ball and catches it again, nothing's wrong. But when he just lays the ball on the field, he waits for 2 seconds and picks up the ball again with his hands, is it seen as a foul? Some say...

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Law 14 - Penalty kick 6/26/2016

RE: Intermediate Under 13

Phil of Tarzana, CA United States asks...

I have a follow-up to Q# 30535. When Law 14 says that the GK must be on the goal line, does this mean that both feet must be on the plane of the goal line? The LOTG doesn't actually specify, although the now defunct Advice to Referees does say so.<...

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