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Law 15 - Throw In 10/21/2014

RE: Competitive Adult

Noel Soccorso of Bridgewater, Ma United States asks...

Player attempts a throw in releases the ball but the ball never enters the field of play is he or she allowed a second attempt? ...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 10/21/2014

Adam of Dallas, Texas USA asks...

I have two questions about fouls.

1. Suppose two opposing midfielders, in the course of attempting to gain control of a contested ball, commit equal and simultaneous minor fouls on each other, such as pushing/stiff-arming (no violent intent)...

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League Specific 10/21/2014

RE: N/A Other

Drew of Memphis, TN USA asks...

How do you become a soccer referee for all age groups in the Memphis, TN. area?...

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Law 18 - Common Sense 10/21/2014

RE: Competitive Adult

Jack Smith of Sydney, NSW Australia asks...

I was linked to a strange incident on Youtube ( In the video, it appears that a defender is cautioned for unsporting behaviour / delaying the restart of play for clearing the ball too hard (while it is in ...

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Mechanics 10/20/2014

RE: rec Under 18

paul beevers of Bradford, uk asks...

A ref booked my player twice but never shown him the red card at the match he said because he didnt show him a red he would put it though as a booking but has sent me a message after the game saying he has put it though as a red card is this correct...

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League Specific 10/20/2014

RE: Adult

Steve of Maidstone, Kent UK asks...

I'm interested to know your opinions on whether a red card was the correct decision on Saturday when he Spurs player Fazio pulled Aguero back in the area while Nevas still has the ball. Whils the ball did subsequently come across the area and Aguero...

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Other 10/20/2014

RE: club Under 18

Celeste McCullough of concord, california United States asks...

Our soccer team does not have a goalie. The coach puts my daughter in at the end of the game . she doesn't know the rules and has only played once or twice before her whole life. Her first touch the girl and her collide as my daughter goes after ...

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Mechanics 10/20/2014

RE: select

Darin of coeurdalene, id usa asks...

Score is tied. only minutes left in the U-14 girls game. (I only mention this to illustrate the urgency the teams are moving at) Ball goes out of bounds off of the blue team. Blue team backs up, white team prepares for the throw. The ref blows his wh...

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Law 11 - Offside 10/20/2014

RE: Competitive Under 13

Greg of Ventura, CA USA asks...

First off, I want to tell you that this is a terrific place to learn the nuances of refereeing. I've learned more here that just about any other source... well except for actually going out and refereeing. Anyway, keep up the great work.


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Law 8 - Start and Restart of Play 10/20/2014

RE: Intermediate Under 13

Phil of Tarzana, CA United States asks...

I noticed that referee Dennis Wickham said that a goal could not be scored until at least 2 players touched the ball. Since there is no 2nd touch violation on a dropped ball, couldn't one player score a goal by touching it twice? i.e. 2 kic...

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