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Law 11 - Offside 4/25/2017

RE: Competitive all age Adult

Keeper of Sydney, Nsw Australia asks...

I saw an offside rule with the wording 'you can't be offside from a throw.'
I know you can't be offside from a throw in but the wording doesn't include the 'in'.
Would that be a mistake or could it imply that you can't be offside if a goalke...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 4/24/2017

RE: Competive Under 17

Christina of New Smyrna Beach, Fl USA asks...

I have a son who plays on the U16 level for a travel team. Yesterday we had a game. My son is a defender. The other team had a corner kick. The team kicked it and another player kicked it towards the goal. My son was standing in front of the goal and...

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League Specific 4/22/2017

RE: Rec. Under 12

Kenny Macdonald of Armadale, West Lothian United Kingdom asks...

Our opponents were winning 2-1. There was a tackle where one of our players went down with what looked to be a bad injury. The ref waived play on. A coach from our team entered the field of play to attend to the injured player while the ref let play ...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 4/22/2017

Zluvka of Liberec, Czech Republic Czech Republic asks...


what do you think about this decision (about Son's 'foul') in FA Cup today?


Can the referee judge it as a foul attempt? (Victor Moses jumped, but...)...

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Law 13 - Free Kicks 4/22/2017

RE: Competitive Under 18

Israel Maciel of South Gate, California United States asks...

Lately I have seen referees not requiring the defensive team players to move 20 yards away from the ball. Referees argue that if the team taking the free kick doesn't ask for the distancia, he doesn't have to ask defensive players to respect that dis...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 4/22/2017

RE: select Under 15

jorge of Cedar Ridge, CA United States asks...

penalty for goalie crossing 18 yard line with ball before he kicks it...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 4/20/2017

RE: Presidio Under 13

Gerhard of La Jolla, CA USA asks...

If the keeper slides to catch a ball close to the line of the penalty box, but is slide takes part of his body - lets say the feet and legs - past the line to the outside of the box, does that count as a 'handball'?...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 4/20/2017

RE: Varsity High School

Aaron Speca of Virginia Beach, VA United States asks...

Wow the play back to the keeper certainly has brought up a lot of discussion! And it has happened a lot in my daughter's HS games so far this year. Here's another one!

The two defenders ...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 4/20/2017

RE: Competitive Under 13

Aaron Speca of Virginia Beach, VA United States asks...

I see this type of play a lot. Dark Blue is attacker, lighter blue is defender. Defender takes an angle and gets to the ball first. Looks like attacker makes no attempt to play the ball and runs through the defender as the defender kicks the ball ...

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Law 11 - Offside 4/20/2017

RE: Competitive Under 13

Aaron Speca of Virginia Beach, VA United States asks...

This play is an example of a flag raised too quickly by the AR I think. Keep an eye on #12 in Dark Blue. He is clearly in onside position when the long ball is struck; his teammate (#19 I think) certainly is not. But the AR raised his flag immedia...

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