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Welcome to -- a Soccer Law Question and Answer site. Providing answers to questions regarding soccer laws since October 11, 1999... to ask a question simply click on Ask the Ref and pose your question and the panel will reply. Those who have ideas or articles please feel free to contact the editor Richard Dawson at with suggestions.

To recover You Call it answers use the .. Articles.. link button 3rd top left. NEW YOU CALL IT for August 2018
Over the past 18 years we have amassed tens of thousands of questions and answers but the LOTG have changed and/or portions no longer apply. Be SURE to reread the latest version IFAB 2018 - 2019 LOTG
The new Laws of the Game can be viewed here and will be effective from May 26th 2018

How the VAR will work. Check out it, it's an interesting setup. They're putting a lot of work into it.

Here's a video on how they'll be doing the VAR line looks like, unlike what a lot of us see on TV, it'll try to take into account the head/chest/shoulder and not just the feet


And for explanation on what incidents get looked at

Referee article of interest for USA high school
You may be interested in seeing the high school 2018-2019 Rules Changes. They can be found at

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 9/20/2018

RE: Adult

john scar of adelaide, sa Australia asks...

When in the penalty box a defender crosses his arms in a X formation in front of his chest in a protective manner so as to soften the impact of the ball coming directly at his chest, penalty or no penalty? Please note the shot is directly on goals.
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Law 5 - The Referee 9/20/2018

RE: Under 17

john of los angeles, CA usa asks...

Is it a problem to use colored whistles? The rest of my uniform is completely standard (black shoes, black hat if needed) but my collection of whistles are neon colors like orange, yellow, green, pink. I do this to be able to easily locate them in my...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 9/19/2018

RE: Rec Adult

Russell of Sydney, Australia asks...

Foul recognition

Please talk me through the foul given just after the 37 min mark in the Liverpool v PSG UCL match today.

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Other 9/19/2018

RE: Youth to adult, comp and rec.

Barry Stewart of Chilliwack, BC Canada asks...

Years ago, I was at a high school basketball game and a dad was in the stands, yelling instructions to his son.

The coach and referees surely heard the noise but let it go.

At one point, the son turned to his dad and very clearly mi...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 9/19/2018

RE: Rec Adult

Russell of Sydney, Australia asks...

The talk around the water cooler this morning was on the first goal for PSG in their match away to Liverpool in the UCL.

Cavani of PSG was clearly in an offside position when the ball was ...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 9/19/2018

RE: Rec Under 9

Kevin McKinnon of Galt, CA United States asks...

when a ball is kicked by opposing team but comes short of the penalty area. Can the goalie kick the ball into the penalty area so he can pick it up? Is that legal?...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 9/19/2018

RE: Rec Under 16

Alex Camacho of Temple City, CA US asks...

Scenario. Red player is fouled and receives a DFK. Blue player delays the restart. Red Coach yells 'Ref we should not need to ask for 10 yards'. Blue player puts his figure to his lips to 'quiet' Red Coach.

What would you do as a ref in...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 9/19/2018

RE: House Under 16

Jamaal of Maple ridge , British Columbia Canada asks...

Just preface I am the goalie in this scenario. There was a bunch of players from both in the goalie box fighting for control of the ball. Im standing back a bit waiting to see the ball. I see the ball and dive for it getting and end up with the ball ...

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Law 5 - The Referee 9/18/2018

RE: Adult

Jason lewis of Cardiff, Wales Wales asks...

If a player or person who is not allowed on the pitch comes on without the referee permission after a foul has been given to their team and then the person who comes on and tell the referee his or her view of the game to him and then they get involv...

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Law 11 - Offside 9/18/2018

RE: Pro Adult

Zach of Istanbul, Turkey asks...

A few months ago, all site contributors, uniformly stated that the goal in the game PAOK-AEK was offside.
A few days ago a similar (is it?) goal, at least according to PAOK fans, was awarded to Villareal.

Can you please comment on any di...

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