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Law 14 - Penalty kick 3/1/2015


Peter Grove of Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire UK asks...

As well as the various points already made, it might be worth mentioning that the wording quoted in the original question has not been part of the Laws since 2010, when the current wording, as given by Ref McHugh, came into effect. ...

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Law 16 - Goal Kick 3/1/2015

RE: Select Under 15

Jen of Camden, SC USA asks...

As a matter of trivia, our select coach has informed our players of an obscure rule that allows a defensive player to kick the ball out of bounds yet still be awarded a goal kick. The clue was 'it is all about location: look it up'. We have Google'd ...

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Law 1- The Field 3/1/2015

RE: rec. Under 13

addie dusseau of holly, michigan america asks...

Is it legal to pick up the soccer net and move it?...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 2/28/2015

Andy Weinstein of Jackson, NJ USA asks...

I just attended a Ref Recertification class and we discussed the interpretation of a 'deliberate' touch with regard to offsides. The deliberate kick by a defender can be a good or bad touch and if played to an Attacker in an offsides position, the A...

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Law 11 - Offside 2/28/2015

RE: Comp Under 15

John Arnold of berkeley, ca usa asks...

In the Man Utd v Sunderland game today, United had a goal disallowed for offside. It appeared to me that the keeper played the ball deliberately (it wasn't an uncontrolled rebound off him) even though it went to the opposition player. As such, was it...

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Law 7 - Match Duration 2/28/2015

RE: Adult

Steve of Liverpool, UK asks...


During a game I attended involving our reserve side. We are 4-3 ahead with a minute to play,The home team are awarded a free kick on the halfway line. The free kick is taken and lands comfortably in our keepers arms which then clears th...

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Mechanics 2/27/2015

RE: Youth to adult, comp and rec.

Barry Stewart of Chilliwack, BC Canada asks...

On the question of what to call, when you as the ref don't quite know who touched a ball last before it went out of bounds:

Richard Dawson recommended; '#5 we wait a brief moment to see if either team seems to claim it with no outcry of the ...

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Law 7 - Match Duration 2/26/2015

RE: Adult

bob of sawbridgeworth, herts england asks...

Tottenham were awarded a penalty in stoppage time. the penalty was taken and saved after the stoppage time allocated was over. the ball was then hit into the goal by the penalty taker although the time was already up.
Why was the goal allowable...

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Law 14 - Penalty kick 2/26/2015

RE: grade 7 Under 19

Matthew Altman of Malta, NY USA asks...

Does Balotelli's penalty kick fall under the acceptable definition of 'feinting'? It seems the he stops on top of the ball and causes the goalie to begin his dive before kicking.

Feinting to take a...

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Law 9 - The Ball in and out of Play 2/26/2015

RE: Adult

Jose of Capivari, SÃo Paulo Brazil asks...

If the ref is in doubt about who last touched the ball, if the attacker or the defender, before the ball crosses the end line to a corner kick or a goal kick. What should the ref do?

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