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Soccer Referee Questions on Soccer Rules

Welcome to AskTheRef.com -- 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 mrref@asktheref.com with suggestions.

To recover You Call it answers use the .. Articles.. link button 3rd top left. NEW YOU CALL IT for Oct 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
http://www.theifab.com/document/laws-of-the-game

VIDEO ASSISTANT REFEREE
How the VAR will work. Check out it, it's an interesting setup. They're putting a lot of work into it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdwOL08NfxQ

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
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCOK7-kc_8o

Also,
https://football-technology.fifa.com/en/innovations/var-at-the-world-cup/

And for explanation on what incidents get looked at
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pp431Y1Eqf0

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 http://nfhs.org/sports-resource-content/soccer-rules-changes-2018-19/


You Call It!

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Other 10/18/2018

RE: competive High School

Ssebalamu Ronald of Kampala city, Nsambya Uganda asks...

i would like to understand all the laws governing football in brief explanation...

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Law 8 - The Start and Restart of Play 10/18/2018

RE: Rec Adult

Barry Stewart of Chilliwack, BC Canada asks...

I saw an odd one in our 60+ league game last week. At our kick-off, our striker was ready to put the ball in play when he was joined on the centre line by a team mate.

The ref waved him out of the circle, saying only one player could be ther...

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Law 11 - Offside 10/16/2018

RE: Other

Robert of Perth, Scotland asks...

If an attacker is in an offside position when the ball is played forwards to another attacker who isnt offside. But when the attacker who isnt offside runs through and passes it back to the other attack who was offside previously, would that be class...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 10/16/2018

RE: competive Under 14

terri d. of oakton, va usa asks...

In a recent game, the ball was bouncing around in front of our goal (about a foot away) in a frenzy of activity to defend/score from the teams.
At one point, our goalie deflects the ball, but with her foot as she is concerned last touch is from ...

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Law 8 - The Start and Restart of Play 10/16/2018

RE: Rec Under 7

Steve of gillingham, uk asks...

With regard to the new kick off rule whereby the ball can be played backwards from kick off - does this apply to mini soccer rules as the English FA's mini soccer rules still says the ball must be kicked forward...

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Mechanics 10/16/2018

RE: Under 17

steve of oakland, CA usa asks...

How would you suggest handling a game solo mainly with regards to offsides? Last weekend I had to do a few games alone on nearly full size fields (110x70), and even though they were youth (u17 and u13) doing these games solo was still a lot of runnin...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 10/16/2018

RE: Adult Co-Ed Rec Adult

Adrian of Seattle, WA USA asks...

During a corner kick, but before the ball is put into play, an attacker (not the kicker) leaves the field of play along the goal line and on the ball side of the field, and then runs around the goal, and returns to the field near the the far post. H...

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Mechanics 10/15/2018

RE: Youth to adult, comp and rec.

Barry Stewart of Chilliwack, BC Canada asks...

Panelist Jason Wright says, 'Generally speaking, I'm with you. I think this is bordering on 'tactical advice', like telling a PIOP not to play the ball.'

I think we can learn from the way other sports are officiated: ice hockey, for example....

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 10/15/2018

RE: Competetive Under 15

Matthew Stone of Cameron Park, CA USA asks...

Just curious if anyone has experienced this before. I made a call per rule 12 regarding impeding and wondering if I may have been a little too quick in calling. Blue Player A (defender) gets ball and travelling towards his own goal to reset play, a...

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High School 10/15/2018

RE: Select, competitive. High School

Iain Doleman of Las Vegas, NV United States asks...

What constitutes possession by the goalkeeper....

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