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Providing answers to questions regarding soccer laws since October 11, 1999. .

To recover You Call it answers use the .. Articles.. link button 3rd top left . A NEW ONE is posted each month check it out the May you call it . Congratulations to those who correctly answered April You call it! Phil Tarzana, Patrick Little, Alan Siegel
APOLOGIES TO ALL those who have already answered the MAY You call it! It was rewritten on May 12th as there was ...misconceptions... as to the location of the principals involved ! I apologize, as it was my poor choice of words to describe the situation hopefully it will have greater clarity now. Cheers Richard Dawson editor

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Law 11 - Offside 5/22/2015

RE: Competitive Under 15

Norm of Wellington, New Zealand asks...

If a player is in an offside position, can he still be offside if he goes back into his own team's half of the field?

In a game I watched the other day, one team had all their players on attack, except for the keeper, and the defending team ...

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Law 8 - Start and Restart of Play 5/22/2015

RE: rec Under 17

pete of floral park, new york usa asks...

Hi Refs,
watching a game last weekend play was stopped for an Injured player, the team with the injured player decided to give possesion back to the opposition thus kicking it back to their goalkeeper, the ref made it clear to all players it was ...

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Law 4 - Players Equipment 5/21/2015

RE: JV High School

Mireya of Aurora, Colorado USA asks...


My question is can a goal keeper have long nails? My concerns are that if the nails are too long it might hurt when stopping the ball/ they would get in the way, also when putting on the gloves.

Thank you....

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 5/21/2015

RE: Semi pro Adult

Eric of Adelaide , South Australia Australia asks...

The goal keeper at corner pushes his defender into the opponents striker while the ball is in play what is the correct restart indirect free kick or direct (penalty)...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 5/21/2015

RE: Youth to adult, comp and rec.

Barry Stewart of Chilliwack, BC Canada asks...

Hmm¦ I guess I've blown a few back-pass calls, where I deemed it to not be a deliberate pass to the keeper, such as on a slide-tackle that knocks the ball loose but sends it hurtling toward the net, or a wild clearing attempt that sends the ball stra...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 5/20/2015

RE: Rec Under 19

Jay LaFountain of Coldwater, MI USA asks...

A lot of interesting things happened this weekend. I saw my first yellow card as an AR, when a U14 kid kicked the ball away when the other team had placed it for a PK. I saw numerous cards when I worked the U19 game, for all kinds of things, I beli...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 5/20/2015

RE: REC Under 10

Brett Baker of Chesapeake, VA USA asks...

U10 Recreation 5-v-5. Blue defender near the goal line turned his head and raised his arms up over his head deflecting a shot on goal, also seemingly protecting his face, although the shot was probably going over his head anyway. It was an obvious DO...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 5/20/2015

RE: Intermediate Under 13

Phil of Tarzana, CA United States asks...

I have a follow-up question to something that Referee Ben Mueller said. With regard to persistent infringement, I thought that could only apply to an individual opponent, not the team. If a team targets a specific player, you would have to use USB,...

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Mechanics 5/20/2015

RE: Adult

Andy of Burlington, Vermont USA asks...

A referee instructor at a clinic of ours yesterday recommended while teaching us game control techniques to employ what he called 'little lies' when dealing with dissenting players disagreeing with your foul line. According to him, players have a sho...

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Law 11 - Offside 5/19/2015

RE: Rec Under 13

Brad of Plymouth, Michigan United States asks...

Referees--thank you for the great feedback. Some clarification on the events on my prior question, which (I think) do confirm that we probably made the right call. For the offside situation discussed, the punted ball had substantial top-spin. Red ...

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