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Soccer Referee Questions on Soccer Rules
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As a result of contrived player antics due to recent law changes on Law 16 FIFA/IFAB offered this circular as an explanation until a final determination is arrived at. https://www.docdroid.net/LSio1Q9/circular-log-law-16-clarification-2019-20-en-draft.pdf
http://theifab.com/news/laws-of-the-game-201920-important-clarifications
Over the past 20 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 2019 - 2020 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 or college 2018-2019 Rules Changes. They can be found at http://nfhs.org/sports-resource-content/soccer-rules-changes-2018-19/
https://ncaasoccer.arbitersports.com/Groups/106254/Library/files/2018_2019_Soccer_Major_Rules_Changes_061118.pdf
http://nfhs.org/articles/eight-rules-changes-approved-in-high-school-soccer/




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High School 10/14/2019

RE: High School

Stephen Swan of Elizabethtown, KY United States asks...

NFHS rule on stopping the clock in the last 5 minutes of the second half of regulation or overtime. Intent is to eliminate time wasting by team in lead. Is the clock stopped if both teams are subbing in the last 5 minutes?...

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Mechanics 10/14/2019

RE: Under 15

Ken of Eugene , Oregon Usa asks...

Is it proper for a referee to suggest to a coach at youth level to take a player off for a bit due to behavior on the field? Had a situation this weekend at u14 level where some words were misconstrued between two players and resulted in a player cry...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 10/14/2019

RE: Travel Under 11

Joel Genove of Leesburg, VA United States asks...

Is a hand ball/handling of the ball outside of the box (not by a goalkeeper) restarted with a direct or indirect free kick?...

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Law 9 - The Ball in and out of Play 10/12/2019

RE: Competitive Under 11

Andrew Brand of Overland Park, Kansas United States asks...

In a U-11 game a goalie had her water bottle on the goal line next to the outside of the post. The opposing team hit the water bottle as it hit the outside of the post. The ball bounced back into the field of play and another opposing player knocked ...

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Law 18 - Common Sense 10/11/2019

RE: Competitive Adult

Jirka­ Strmiska of Brno, Czechia asks...

Thanks,

I thought so, the problem is that when the defender plants his foot in front of the ball, he stands on it with a lot of weight with no further movement intended. It's like kicking into a steel wall. (the defender is also in all kinds...

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High School 10/10/2019

RE: High School Under 19

Bob of Seymour, IN USA asks...

IF a Keeper throws the ball up in the air above his and lets it hit the ground and bounce up...can he/she catch it after it bounces?...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 10/10/2019

RE: Under 19

jerold of phoenix, az USA asks...

question about issuing a caution for FRD

say you give a DFK for a foul in the attacking third and the defender who committed the foul receives a YC for the foul (for whatever reason, PI, SPA, etc). you choose to give the YC (not wait until n...

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High School 10/9/2019

RE: Varsity High School

Derek of Cary, IL USA asks...

Do PKs to determine the outcome after a game ends in a tie count toward a team's goals?

Only reason I ask is the scoreboard operator was ticking each goal during the kicks. I know in IFAB matches they don't, as the game is officially a draw...

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Law 11 - Offside 10/9/2019

RE: Competive High School

John DiZonno of Buffalo Grove, Illinois USA asks...

With the new offside rules; if the attacking team takes a shot on goal and the goalkeeper makes the save and the ball goes to an attacking player in an offside position and the player scores a goal.
Is it a goal or is the attacking player offside...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 10/9/2019

RE: Under 19

grant of las vegas, nevada USA asks...

is it possible to give a player two cautions on the exact same play for a single foul they do? for example, a player has done a few of the same type of holding foul from behind. you tell him that the next one is a caution. then he does it again and n...

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