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Law 5 - The Referee 5/22/2022

RE: Rec. Adult

Charlie J Lee of Auburn, WA United States asks...

Attacking player kicked the ball near penalty box area and I blow whistle for foul instead of giving advantage but the ball went into defender's goal net.
Is this goal awarded even after foul signal?


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Law 11 - Offside 5/21/2022

RE: Adult

Gary Pratt of Aberdeen, United Kingdom asks...

Watched a game yesterday where offside was given. Rule states free kick is given even if offence is inside your own half. You can't be offside inside your own half so please explain what the offence is that allows a free kick to be taken inside your own half for offside ? ...

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Law 16 - The Goal Kick 5/20/2022

RE: Rec Adult

Nathan of Cape Town, Western Cape South Africa asks...

What happens if the ball goes out for a goal kick but the goal keeper restarts the game incorrectly by kicking the ball from his hands outside his area?...

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Mechanics 5/18/2022

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


I'm sorry, but I still have one :-)

Advantage rule says: 'Advantage should not be applied in situations involving serious foul play, violent conduct or a second cautionable offence unless there is a CLEAR OPPORTUNITY TO SCORE A GOAL.'

What is 'clear opportunity to score a goal'? Is it something different than OGSO (obvious goal-scoring opportunity)?


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Law 13 - Free Kicks 5/16/2022

Petr of Prague, Prague Czech Republic asks...


I have one more bizarre question.

Which part of the body can play a free/goal/corner kick?

One colleague thinks it's allowed even by the head. The other says it's allowed to knee. Only the foot is clear to me.

Thank you very much!...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 5/15/2022

RE: Competive Adult

Brian Friedman of Stone Ridge, VA United States asks...

Comment and a question. The straight red card on Rondon in the Everton vs. Brentford game was wholly deserved. Rondon left his feet and came into the tackle studs up. What's your opinion on Thiago's challenge on Mason Mount in the FA Cup final between Chelsea and Liverpool. Its nearly a mirror image of Rondon's tackle perhaps even a little more dangerous. No red and no VAR review. Is it because he (luckily) didn't connect with player and instead went over the ball? What would your reaction have been?...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 5/15/2022

RE: Adult

engin ataman of olympia, wa usa asks...

awarded penalty kick for this. What do you think?
Thank you...

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Law 3 - The Players 5/15/2022

RE: Competitive

Peter Babbage of Hjorring , Denmark asks...

I realise this would come under a ‘local’ rule but would be grateful for your opinion. At the lower levels here we have the 10 minute ‘sin bin’. In a recent game a substitute entered the fop before the other had come off. Now this was a fairly junior level game and though technically incorrect I used my discretion and allowed it to slide. So for a short time they did have 12 on the field even though play was stopped. If I had gone by the letter of the law I was wondering so the departing player had done nothing wrong so it would be the one who had entered the fop without permission. So yellow card. and he would have had to sit out 10 minutes. However could another have taken his place from the bench or must they play one light for 10 minut...

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Law 1- The Field 5/11/2022

RE: Competitive Under 17

Anthony of New york, NY United States asks...

While in play our forward took a high arching shot from midfield the ball bounced at the top of the box and was going towards the goal. The goalie backed up as it was over his head into the goal reached up and hit ball as his hand was caught in the netting. The ended up behind him in the goal . One referee called it a goal the other said it was disallowed because of interference??? How is this my teams fault that he got his hand caught in the netting? I believe this was a goal , was it? Thank you in advance. ...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 5/10/2022

RE: rec Adult

sal of Chicago, Illinois United States asks...

Player A1 takes a shot on goal, the goal keeper is way out his goal line. Only a B1 defender stands between the goal and the ball. A2 is standing by the six yard line in an offside position. The ball is deliberately handled in the goal line by the B1 defender, the ball lands by A2 who scores.
Here's the question: 1)Allow goal and yellow card for B1. or
2) penalty kick for A team, red card for B2. Would you as a referee consider B2's handling a save which would put A2 in an offside offense, and make you decide for the most serious offense, handling and DOGSO or offside, which would result in disallowing the goal and awarding a PK and red card or would you opt for scenario (1)...

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