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Law 5 - The Referee 2/25/2020

RE: Rec Adult

Russell of Sydney, Australia asks...

As with everyones's view on the similar question from Peter Babbage of Hjorring, Denmark (his being a seemingly deliberate handling not given), I feel there is a deliberate tactic by PGMOL to let the VAR ref take the heat as opposed to the on field o...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 2/25/2020

Petr of Prague, Czech Republic Czech Republic asks...


we have three fouls of normal intensity. First from the front, second from the side and third from behind.

Which foul is more likely to be punished with a yellow card? Do you take the foul direction into account?


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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 2/24/2020

RE: Rec Adult

Russell of Sydney, Australia asks...

Broken record moment !

We can chalk of a goal for a foot that just happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time (the Olivier ...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 2/23/2020

RE: Competitive Adult

PeterBabbage of Hjorring, Denmark asks...

Following on from my question about handball in the area if I may but Im a little puzzled by an incident in the Leicester v Man City game yesterday. Though delighted ( as Man City is my team­č) that a slot kick was not awarded by either the on field ...

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Law 16 - The Goal Kick 2/23/2020

RE: Rec/select Under 13

Rey villarreal of San angelo, Texas United States asks...

If the goalie on the goal kick sets the ball down and then picks it up to place on the opposite corner of the box is it considered a foul? There was no wasting of time involved, the play happened quickly.

I did not call anything as I felt h...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 2/22/2020

RE: Competitive Adult

PeterBabbage of Hjorring, Denmark asks...

The law as I read it says that if a ball hits a team-mate first and deflects onto another defenders arm its not a penalty.. Taking it at its word can that mean that if a shot hits a defender first, you can stick out your arm to stop a goal and it wou...

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Law 11 - Offside 2/21/2020

RE: Adult

Kyriakos of Limassol, Cyprus asks...

First of all thanks for replying.
According to the law you sent:

could the ref consider that the defender was trying to prevent a goal, as the ball was headed towards th...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 2/20/2020

RE: Rec Adult

Charis Mpoumpous of Athens, Attica Greece asks...

Dear '',

The answers to post 33888 were brought to my attention. I have read all your replies and justifications for your replies.
Please bear with me.

It looks to me (with all due respect), that the reasons you st...

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Law 11 - Offside 2/20/2020

RE: Pro Adult

Kyriakos of Limassol, Limassol Cyprus asks...

Hello to everyone,
in the following link starting at 6:02 is a goal disallowed at the beginning as offside. The referee took the decision to ignore his assistant and count the goal but after a long discussion they decided to call it offside. I th...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 2/20/2020

RE: Pro Adult

Tom of Petawawa, Canada asks...

Just watching some BFK vs BJK in the super Liga. Free from 20 yards out the wall is set then a players lies down on the pitch behind the wall , ..... looks pretty dangerous to me if the wall jumps and attempts to block free kick and comes down on t...

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