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Law 11 - Offside 7/27/2014

RE: Competitive Adult

Alan Parks of Brownsburg, IN USA asks...

Player A is in an offside position while Player B possesses the ball but has NOT played it to Player A. Player A now gets back onside as Player B has retained possession the entire time. Now Player B plays Player A who is in an onside position.

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Law 18 - Common Sense 7/25/2014

RE: High School

Hannah of Whitehouse Station, New Jersey United States of America asks...

What do you think about kids (younger than high school) slide tackling? Do you think that it is appropriate for growing kids to put themselves and others in that danger?

I found that kids are allowed to slide tackle from ages 12 and up. That...

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Kicks From The Penalty mark 7/24/2014

RE: competetive College

abhinav rawat of pune, Maharashtra India asks...

The match is tied till the end of extra time. Therefore the penalty shootout is the last measure to decide the winner. Now can any player in the playing eleven do the goalkeeping in the shootouts?...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 7/23/2014

RE: Pro Other

Jeff of los angeles, ca usa asks...

I had a game last year where a defender fell on the ball in the box. Instead of getting up right away, he sort of just stayed on all fours over the ball for a number of seconds, taking his sweet time, and while he was down he moved his arm and it tou...

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Law 15 - Throw In 7/23/2014

RE: Youth recreational and select (travel) Under 19

Charles A. O'Reilly of Vienna, VA United States asks...

Given that the referee stated that the player took the thow in 'sitting on the ground with both feet on the ground and outside the pitch' I do not follow why you state that the throw in was illegal. Law 15 requires that the player faces the ´Čeld of ...

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Mechanics 7/22/2014

RE: Grade 8 USSF Under 19

Darren of Missoula , MT USA asks...

Law 13 Free Kicks- All oponents mus be 10 yards away from the ball.

Why do referees need to walk this off? I cannot find anywhere that states that a referee must do this. When did this start? Many of us have been referees for many years and ...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 7/21/2014

RE: High School

Rob Gosman of Galloway, NJ USA asks...

Could you pleae clarify 'playing the ball while on the ground'. We have all seen players on the ground playing or attempting to play the ball while down. Everyone yells 'you can't play the ball while on the ground' obviously this could be a danger...

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Law 15 - Throw In 7/20/2014

RE: Adult

Alex of Oslo, Outside US Norway asks...

Hello. I refereed a game yesterday when I awarded a throw-in. The player from the team that won the throw ended up sitting on the ground with both feet on the ground and outside the pitch.

The player picked up the ball and threw it otherwis...

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League Specific 7/20/2014

RE: Competitive Under 14

Mark of Jericho, New York USA asks...

Corner kick deflects off a defenseman into the goal, does the kicker get credit for the goal??...

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