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Law 5 - The Referee 6/17/2021

RE: competive Adult

Shaun Cosy of melbourn, Australia asks...

If referee stop the game for a 50/50 challenge or for an injury, how referee can re-start the game with a dropped ball, if it is not clear who touched the ball last?
(since the ball has to be dropped to the team who has possession of the ball)
Thanks ...

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Law 11 - Offside 6/14/2021

RE: Select High School

Matt of Bristow, VA USA asks...

Two possible causes -

The AR moved before he raised his flag. Perhaps there was a IDFK offense after the CK.

Also, maybe he moved because both he and the referee were focused on the PA and they had a quick chat asking whether there was an offside offense and decided (wrongly and belatedly) to call it.

Ironically, I just had a chat with two ARs and sometimes the hardest thing to see is the player right in front of you because you're focused on the offside line in the middle of the field.

Third possibility - play was stopped for the player leaving the pitch and the referee decided not to issue a caution.


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Law 11 - Offside 6/13/2021

Petr of Prague, Prague Czech Republic asks...


what do you think about this controversial situation?


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Law 11 - Offside 6/13/2021

RE: Competitive Adult

Peter Babbage of Hjorring , Denmark asks...

In the Euro games Wales v Switzerland a Swiss player had his shirt almost ripped off him by the defender in the area. The ball then broke to another attacker who missed the goal. I doubt the ref had time to shout advantage. So should a penalty be awarded for the initial foul? ...

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Law 11 - Offside 6/12/2021

RE: Regional AYSO Ref Under 15

James M Thompson of Croswell, MI United States asks...

Scenario: 2 attacking players coming down the field with ball possession, goalie comes out of the goal area to play the ball, attacker 1 gets around the goalie clean and pass/shoots toward the goal. The 2nd attacker, which is now in offside position because the pass/shot was forward and attacker 2 was ahead of attacker 1. Attacker 2 runs toward the pass/shot and follows it in to the goal, close enough to kick it if desired. Attacker 2 did not touch the ball and there were no defenders closer than 3 meters to attacker 2. Attacker 2 did not interfere with play because there was no defenders near enough to stop the ball from going into the goal. If attacker 2 touched the ball before it went into the goal, it would be a clear offside, but I...

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Law 15 - The Throw In 6/11/2021

RE: rec Under 14

ella of Chicago, IL USA asks...

If you referee a 1st and 2nd grade girls game, do you call illegal throw ins? Or do you just leave it and let it play through?...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 6/6/2021

RE: competitive High School

Paul Weaver of Napier, Hawke’s Bay New Zealand asks...

A player makes a reckless effect to challenge an opponent but misses the ball and makes no contact with the player. Their opponent senses them coming and jumps aside avoiding the contact. However possession is lost. What is the referees decision?
An indirect free kick for dangerous play because no contact? Should the tackler receive a caution for the reckless tackle despite there being no contact?

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High School 6/3/2021

RE: Competive High School

Terry A Mason of Santa Rosa, CA United States asks...

A Player is in an offside position when the ball is passed to them by a teammate. The player in the offside position is aware of being in that position and does not attempt to challenge the ball, giving advantage to the goalie. The player in the offside position then turns away from the ball and starts walking back towards his onside position. However, the goalie does not pick up the ball, but, kicks the ball which goes directly to the player in the offside position, who then dribbles to ball towards the opposing goal and scores.

The referee disallowed the goal because the player that was originally in the offside position did not re-establish himself in an onside before gathering the the ball and scoring a goal. Should the g...

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Law 5 - The Referee 6/2/2021

RE: Youth-Adult, recreational and competitive

Barry Stewart of Chilliwack, BC Canada asks...

I was centre official in a game last week (our first action in about SIX months, due to COVID) and my AR indicated an offside infraction.

Problem was, the play was in my corner and the flag wasn't in my field of vision. Yes, yes: my responsibility.

Anyway, the ball went to the defence and was quickly advanced up the field for a good attempt on the other goal.

My other AR mentioned "offside" as he headed up field, which confused me a bit. By this time, the original AR had put the flag down, so play continued.

In post-half discussion, the original AR asserted that 'advantage' is not an option on offside infractions.

I said I'd check into that... meaning I'd come here :).

On th...

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Law 4 - The Players Equipment 5/29/2021

RE: competive Adult

Shaun of Melbourn, Australia asks...

During a game, I had to stop it to deal with two players who had the same shirt number.
I asked one of the players to leave the field of play and he was substituted.
Does this warranted a caution, yellow cards, to the both players?


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