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Soccer Referee Questions on Soccer Rules

Welcome to AskTheRef.com -- a Soccer Law Question and Answer site. Providing answers to questions regarding soccer laws since October 11, 1999... Those who have ideas or articles please feel free to contact the editor Richard Dawson at mrref@asktheref.com with suggestions.

To recover You Call it answers use the .. Articles.. link button 3rd top left. NEW YOU CALL IT for NOV. Preventive thinking, anticipating issues before they arise. Kudos to USA referee Matt Bristow for endeavouring to bring some of this to light in his Oct response.
Over the past 18 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 2017 - 2018 LOTG
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After two years and many request - You Call It is back! Now it's your turn to test your knowledge in a scenario created by our panel of referees. If your answer is spot on we will publish it on our site! Good luck click here!

Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 11/16/2017

RE: Select Under 15

M Monce of Lebanon, CT USA asks...

Follow up to 32024: I had a similar case many years ago in which the keeper came over the back of an attacker while attempting to catch a shot. The contact was made before the keeper had the ball and knocked the attacker down from behind. I called...

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Law 15 - The Throw In 11/16/2017

RE: 3 Adult

Mason of Launceston, Tasmania Australia asks...

How far back from the touch line can a throw in be taken? No distance is listed in the book of laws. I have stopped them if they go further than 2 meters....

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Law 5 - The Referee 11/15/2017

RE: Adult

Donald Fraser of City, England asks...

Please advise the correct procedure when a referee cautions a player.

Thanks...

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League Specific 11/15/2017

RE: Professional

Master Handley Barça Are The Best of Perth, Western Australia Australia asks...

You know how if a team forfeits a match its recorded as a 3-0 win? What happens if, theoretically, a team wins the first leg 5-0, and then get five red cards in the second leg, and the score in the second leg is currently 0-0. Will the match be recor...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 11/15/2017

RE: Competitive Under 15

Russ of Manchester, CT USA asks...

A goalkeeper goes up for a ball in a group. Ball is grabbed with both hands and the goalkeeper falls on another player while taking it to the ground. Is this a foul by the keeper? If both players had a right to their space, it would seem the GK cou...

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Mechanics 11/15/2017

RE: Select Under 19

Matt of Bristow, VA USA asks...

I disagree slightly with your ability to punish something you did not see. There are various tools that a referee may use to ascertain what happened. It would not work every time and should not be used every time, but why not ask the offending play...

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League Specific 11/15/2017

RE: Intermediate Under 14

Phil of Tarzana, CA United States asks...

Although the referee can't order a team to comply, a ref can suggest an outcome as fair play, especially with younger players. You can usually find a player who agrees to comply (i.e. not contest the ball) & notify the other team. If someone violat...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 11/15/2017

RE: Under 13

Marika of Auckland, North Island New Zealand asks...

I am doing a Seminar for school and I have been researching for hours to find this answer. I was wondering if there was a difference between an illegal tackle and a foul?
Thanks...

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Law 3 - The Players 11/14/2017

RE: Rec & Competitive, ages 9+ Other

Raymond of San Francisco, CA United States asks...

Hi gentlemen. I've been working as a referee for several months now, and I find your ongoing Q & A on the LOTG to be invaluable. Thank you very much for all the time you put into sharing your knowledge and years of experience.

This section o...

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Law 11 - Offside 11/13/2017

RE: State 4A semi finals High School

Peter Szwec of Brookeville, MD USA asks...

Hi, so our team lost 1-0. The question I have is about an offside call that negated a goal. Here is what happened. Striker A shoots form the 10 o'clock position as the goalie comes out and partially blocks it. The ball rolls in past the goalie on it'...

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