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Mechanics 10/14/2021

Crebs Crem of Zagreb, Croatia asks...

I wish to ask a question about a possible scenario. For example, the ball goes out of the pitch near the corner flag and at first, the central referee points out for a corner kick and the attacking team quickly takes the corner kick. However, the assistant referee warns the central referee that it should have been a throw in instead of a corner kick since the ball went out of the pitch over the sideline. At this point, does the central referee has no choice but to allow play to go on since the laws indicate once the play has restarted, the referee cannot change the decision? Or, does the central referee still have the opportunity to stop the play and restart the game with a throw in? ...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 10/13/2021

RE: Previous referee Adult

Peter Byrne of Sale, Cheshire England asks...

In the England match last night against Hungary why was a penalty given against England when dangerous play is an indirect free kick. There was no attempt by Shaw to deliberately foul the Hungary player. In the rules this should have been an indirect free kick....

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Other 10/12/2021

RE: Under 19

Jeremy of houston, tx usa asks...

In the MLB playoffs there was a situation where a ball bounced off a fielder and then went over the wall. They umpires had to call the central replay center to get clarification of the rule.

I know IFAB's rule book is much smaller, but would there be any way you could be the center and justify having to stop the match, run over to your bag to get your phone out, access the IFAB app, and get clarification on a rule before the restart?

I am thinking about this with some of the confusing obscure rules, like on a PK if the keeper/player/both/etc. encroach, something that a substitute does and what punishment can be given, a coach or spectator preventing a restart by tossing the ball away, and those types of rare situations...

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Law 11 - Offside 10/11/2021

RE: REC Under 13

Bobby of North East, Illinois USA asks...

Sorry if asked before but I want to make sure if I made the correct call. Offensive player A is in a clearly offside position. Offensive player B ,in possession of the ball, breaks through the defensive line and heads to the goal. Player A had not been involved in the play but in the excitement of the breakthrough, player A runs to player B and takes the ball from player B. Player A did not pass the ball to player B. Player B took the ball from her teammate Player A. Offside?...

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Law 3 - The Players 10/9/2021

RE: Competitive Other

MATTHEW of BRISTOW, VA United States asks...

Law 3 states that each team must have a keeper, so if a keeper suffers an injury during play that prevents him from playing as a goalie, shouldn't play be stopped sooner than say for a field player with cramps.

Also similar scenario to the original post keeper dives to make a save but collides hard with the post. The ball rebounds to an attacker along the end line at the edge of PA. Attacker chips the GK who is still on the ground and ball goes in the net. Prior to the kickoff, the ref sees the GK stand up but with significant stability issues and blood from his head.(Concussion) Your Call? Your Match. Your Reputation. ...

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Law 1- The Field 10/7/2021

RE: Adult

Jack of Portsmouth, England asks...

What is the significance of the Goal Area...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 10/5/2021

RE: Professional league Professional

KALUNGA of MUFULIRA, Copper belt Zambia asks...

Law five refers to the ball on FOP thrown by anyone not on the team list that's how the restart is a al is given for a PK to be kicked.
Can such a player be considered to have offended or not?
If the player's action is considered an offense will the award of a goal if it results in consistent with law 10?
Does it mean that the offenses prescribed under law 14 only applies to PK procedure or any offense that can be committed on the field of play by a player?...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 10/4/2021

RE: Select Under 11

Andrew R of Frisco, TX United States asks...

I thought I knew the answer to this, but my daughter's keeper coach told me I was wrong. I believe him, but I'm wanting to find confirmation via a rules section where it clarifies.

Goalkeeper has the ball in her hands and goes to punt it. She drops the ball while the ball and her body are in her box, but the ball crosses over the line (in the air) before her foot strikes it while outside the box. Is this a foul on her and what is the punishment? Thanks!...

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Law 8 - The Start and Restart of Play 10/2/2021

RE: rec Adult

Sal of CHICAGO, IL USA asks...

Yellow team has ball possession, Yellow A passes to Yellow B, but the ball hits the referee and completely changes direction. The referee awards a drop ball for yellow and keeps all the Blue players 4 yards apart, ball hits the ground dropped by the referee next to Yellow player whom freezes for a few seconds and does not touch the ball. Blue player advances on Yellow and touches the ball before Yellow has a chance to do so and starts a break away for Blue. As a referee, what would you do?...

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Law 8 - The Start and Restart of Play 10/2/2021

RE: Rec, AYSO Under 19

Mourad Tighiouart of Los Angeles, CA United States asks...

Thank you Joe and Richard, this further clarifies things for me and the importance of point/location of contact with the referee and subtlety on when/why the whistle is used....

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