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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 11/23/2015

RE: Adult


Hello.I have a question:why on the following video it is not a penalty at 2.13 Reference game: Apoel vs Anorthosis 0-2 ( Cyprus league . Pls also comment on the other 2 penalties that are given by the ref.Thanks/Demetr...

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Law 9 - The Ball in and out of Play 11/22/2015

RE: High School

Bob of Ft Lauderdale , FL USA asks...

If two opposing players go to the ground in a collision and Team A's player has clear control of the loose ball. The official stops play to attend to the players. Is play resumed with an indirect free kick for Team A? Or is it a drop ball at the sit...

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Law 13 - Free Kicks 11/22/2015

RE: Rec Under 17

Laura of :), VA USA asks...

I was playing in an All-Star tournament and received my first card for a call I really didn't think was right. About 15 minutes into the game there was a legit foul called against us right outside the 18. The player from the other team immediately to...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 11/21/2015

RE: Competive Adult

Richard Knight of Stilwell, Oklahoma United States asks...

Is it legal to redirect a ball with one's shoulder? I was taught that constitutes a handball (handling). I don't mean (of course) just the ball striking the player on the shoulder, but the player attempting to direct the ball using the shoulder.

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 11/21/2015

RE: Intermediate Under 13

Phil of Tarzana, CA United States asks...

My question is just one of mechanics. Referee McHugh gives a link to a USSF video, where the advice is to signal advantage & say 'Play on'. Referee Dawson signals advantage & verbally says 'Advantage' & uses 'Play on' to signal that advantage has b...

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Law 9 - The Ball in and out of Play 11/21/2015

RE: Rec Adult

Russ B of Beaumont, California United States asks...

Maybe I misunderstood the question so Just to follow up on the initial question which says that 'the penalty kick is about to be taken' why isnt a penality kick awarded.

A penality kick can not be awarded since the ball is not in play.
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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 11/21/2015

RE: Adult

Jeff of Miami, Florida USA asks...

Was Altidore guilty of unsporting behavior by leaving the field of play during a corner kick? or would you consider this trifling,,see video at 4:05


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Law 5 - The Referee 11/20/2015

RE: Competetive Under 15

mary of damascus, Maryland USA asks...

Explain the essential elements of 'applying the advantage' I am confused about enforcing this law. Thank you....

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League Specific 11/20/2015

RE: competitive Adult

justin colebrissi of hcmc, tphcm vietnam asks...

Does FIFA specify a rule regarding red card suspension for the following?

A Player receives a red card in a game. The next game is forfieted. Is he allowed to play in the next scheduled game?...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 11/17/2015

RE: kids Under 11

Patrick of Portage, MI USA asks...

I am all for parents who support their kids and their teammates. I have seen fights almost break out as parents speak unkindly of kids from the team. To the point of calling them names like 'thug'. I have spoken to coaches and parents about this i...

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