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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 6/21/2022

RE: Competitive Under 16

Pete Thomas of Sarnia, Ontario Canada asks...

I was an AR at a game with the following situation. The a ball was played forward by the attacking team. The keeper came out to the edge of the penalty area, reached across the line to grab the ball and pulled it back into the penalty area. Her feet were still in the penalty area. The other AR was well positioned and flagged a handling foul as the ball was still completely outside the penalty area when touched by the keeper's hands (no part of the ball was touching the line). Additionally there were no other defenders in the area and an attacking player was a yard or two away chasing the ball towards the keeper (it would have been a breakaway if she could have caught up to the ball). The centre official awarded a free kick just outsid...

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Law 5 - The Referee 6/21/2022

RE: Pro High School

Garikai Kondanani of Harare , Harare Zimbabwe asks...

A player is injured during a match. When assessing the player the doctor informs the referee of the risk of serious injury if the player continues playing. Can the referee prohibit the player from continuing.

The player makes a careless tackle in the opponents' penalty area . He touches the opponent's foot....

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Law 11 - Offside 6/8/2022

RE: Competetive Adult

Marv of Bowmanville, Ontario Canada asks...

RE: Offside

Attacking team was awarded a DFK about 3 yards outside the top edge of the penalty area. I was the AR at this end of the field. Defending team set up a 7 man wall. Prior to the DFK one attacker positioned himself in an obviously offside position. Once the DFK was taken the players in the wall immediately jumped up. The ball struck one or more players in the wall and then rebounded off the far goalpost and came back to the player who was in the offside position. The offside position player then kicked the ball into goal. I raised the flag to indicate offside, however the CR allowed the goal ruling that the defensive wall players had played the ball.

Correct Call??...

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Law 11 - Offside 6/7/2022

RE: Select Under 14

John B Munson of Jamaica Plain, MA United States asks...

As AR in a recent game, the CR overruled my call of offsides saying the defender intentionally played the ball and therefore negated the offense. In this case, attacker A was in an offside position when the ball was played to him through the air by attacker B. The nearest defender attempted to head the ball but it went just slightly over his head and attacker A received the ball. In fact, the defender may have slightly touched the ball with the top of his head but it did not alter the trajectory of the ball. So what is the ruling?...

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Law 11 - Offside 6/7/2022

RE: Competitive Under 16

Peter of Ottawa, Ontario Canada asks...

There was an interesting offside question that has been bothering me since my game last night that has me questioning what is the correct interpretation of the rule.
A long ball was played towards a player in an offside position however right before it got to the offside player a player from the other team tried unsuccessfully to block the pass and it bounced off their raised thigh and went to the offside player.
I raised the flag for offside as I did not see the deflection as it was towards the field. However the center ref felt it was a deliberate play on the ball by the defender and waved off my offside. Unfortunately it did lead to a goal as the attacker was past the last defender and the other defenders stopped when they sa...

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Law 11 - Offside 6/3/2022

RE: Rec Under 18

Anthony of London, United Kingdom asks...

Hi all,

My question concerns the offside rule.
After a failed attack, a goalkeeper receives the ball and attackers leave the penalty area to return on their positions. If the goalkeeper releases the ball, it leaves the penalty area, but accidentally touches the attacker who is moving away but is still in the offside position, is it considered an offside?...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 6/1/2022

RE: rec Adult

sal of CHICAGO, IL USA asks...

Shot on goal from a short distance and very powerful, the ball has a goal direction but hits the arm of the defender standing on the goal line. He was caught off guard and the handling was not intentional, he also had his arm close to his body. Would you award a PK for something like this...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 5/30/2022

RE: Rec Adult

Sal of Chicago , Il Usa asks...

Player on break away with no defenders in front and about to go in the 18. Last defender tries to commit DOGSO by tripping, the attacker stumbles but stays upright and gets a shot that goes wide. What’s the redstart.
A) play advantage and yellow card
B) award a direct kick and red card...

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Law 11 - Offside 5/30/2022

RE: Interschool comp High School

Bennett McElwee of Auckland, New Zealand asks...

IFAB "Guidelines for match officials" states:

"A player in an offside position (A) may be penalised before playing or touching the ball, if, in the opinion of the referee, no other team-mate in an onside position has the opportunity to play the ball."

This contradicts everything else in the offside laws, which say an offside offense occurs when (and where) a PIOP plays the ball or interferes with an opponent.

I have always ignored this as it appears to be nonsense. I think players, coaches and spectators would be rightfully outraged if I blew the whistle when the "offender" had not actually touched the ball or interfered with play. Is there something I am missing here?

Reference for the quote: htt...

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Law 11 - Offside 5/28/2022

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


one short 'offside' question, please.

Rule says: 'A player (B1) in an offside position receiving the ball from an opponent (A1) who deliberately plays the ball, ...... , is not considered to have gained an advantage, ......'

Does this also apply after an accidental deflect by an opponent's teammate (A2)?

Sumarized: A1 kicks the ball, A2 deflects this ball and B1 in offside position touches this ball.


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