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Welcome to -- a Soccer Law Question and Answer site. Providing answers to questions regarding soccer laws since October 11, 1999... Those who have ideas or articles please feel free to contact the editor Richard Dawson at with suggestions.
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To recover You Call it answers use the .. Articles.. link button 3rd top left. NEW YOU CALL IT for March 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 2017 - 2018 LOTG
The new Laws of the Game can be viewed here and will be effective from 1st June 2017

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

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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 7/16/2018

RE: rec Under 17

Mario Barbafiera of Auckland, Auckland New Zealand asks...


Don't know if this has been asked, but the Penalty awarded after the VAR intervention between Croatia and France. My initial gut feeling was no penalty, and the fact the ref took so long to decide also makes me wonder. I have read convinc...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 7/15/2018

RE: Select Under 18

peter larvan of Savannah, GA US asks...

Do you think the poor performance of Mark Geiger at the WC, roundly criticized by many senior referees etc for losing control of games and dubious calls, will effect the international standing of USSF referees as a whole or will it just reflect upon ...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 7/14/2018

RE: Competive Under 15

Doug Crawford of Oakland, CA US asks...

Restart of play after fouls and misconduct
I was reading the new LOTG 2018-2019 and noted some interesting changes (this year or recently):
Law 12, p109
'4. Restart of play after fouls and misconduct against:
an opponent " indirect...

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Law 13 - Free Kicks 7/14/2018

RE: Youth-Adult, rec and competitive

Barry Stewart of Chilliwack, BC Canada asks...

Here's a video clip of the defensive free kick in their PA.

Sorry, I didn't include the retake position.

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 7/14/2018

RE: Youth-Adult, rec and competitive

Barry Stewart of Chilliwack, BC Canada asks...

On the Croatia first goal in the game vs England: if I had seen that high foot near an opposition head in any of my games, I would have called it. Here, three defenders gave a meek wave of their hands to appeal for a foul but none was given.


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Law 13 - Free Kicks 7/13/2018

Sal Maniaci of SCS, MI United States asks...

On a free kick, does the ball have to come out the 18 yard line before it is touched.


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Law 11 - Offside 7/12/2018

RE: Rec Adult

Russell of Sydney, Australia asks...

Puzzled by an Offside call in the Croatia v England Semi.

It would appear that Harry Kane was adjudged to have been offside in the passage of play at the 32min mark of the match.

Broadcast replays suggest he was level at the time of...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 7/12/2018

RE: Rec Adult

Russell of Sydney, Australia asks...

Am puzzled by two similar Penalty are jostling that had only one picked up as an infringement.

The last play of the first half had seen Lovren of Croatia inside the PA grabbed and hindered by Maguire as the ball came into the PA from a left ...

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Law 17 - The Corner Kick 7/12/2018

RE: Adult

Murichu Gichinga of Nairobi , Kenya asks...

What happens when a cornerkick is taken from the wrong side? ...

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Law 11 - Offside 7/11/2018

RE: Under 19

Joe Skuza of Geelong, Victoria Australia asks...

Hi, my two questions relates offside Law 11:

1. When a player in his own defensive half plays the ball forward to a teammate in an offside position in the teams attacking half (ie the ball played across halfway line to him) is the offside ju...

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