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Law 3 - The Players
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Law 3 - The Players 8/27/2023

Bob of Cincinnati , Ohio Usa asks...

Hand ball in the box by the defense result in a penalty kick but can that team substitute their goalie with a position player before the kick...

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Law 3 - The Players 8/18/2023

Tyler of Vancouver, British Columbia Canada asks...

How does the replacement of a sent off player work? Is the player allowed to be replaced? If it’s the goalie, is the team expected not to have a goalie if they’re sent off? Just getting into the level of red and yellow cards, sorry if this is a stupi...

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Law 3 - The Players 7/8/2023

Crebs Crem of Zagreb, Croatia asks...


Let's say a substitute of team A entered the pitch, the referees couldn't realize until team A won a free kick in a promising point. Assume that the extra player didn't involve in the play. At this point, does the referee have the righ...

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Law 3 - The Players 6/12/2023

Greg S of SLO, CA USA asks...

Red B16 team attacking in defender Blue’s penalty area. Red takes a shot on goal and it goes off a Blue player and over the goal line for a corner kick. The ball rolls quite some distance with Red #5 chasing it and, this being a city park, ends up un...

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Law 3 - The Players 12/20/2022

Marc Boman of Walpole, MA USA asks...

According to “post-game analysis has revealed that Messi's second goal, scored in the 108th minute, shouldn't have actually stood ...

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Law 3 - The Players 9/3/2022

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


one situation, please.

The referee is informed of the substitution. After that the game is stopped. Opponent takes quick free kick. Can the referee ignore the substitution for now? Or won't allow to play?


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Law 3 - The Players 9/2/2022

Eric Frankowski of Longmont, CO United States asks...

A goalie commits a flafoul just outside his penalty area and is ejected from the game. His replacement enters the game but a field player fails to exit the pitch, leaving the team playing with 11 players.

The opposing team takes the free k...

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Law 3 - The Players 7/6/2022

steve of Altadena, California asks...

The answers regarding the restart with a goal scored with an extra player appear to look to the general concepts in the Laws, rather than the specific guidance in Law 3, part 9 on when a goal is scored. Law 3 provides that if a goal is scored with an...

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Law 3 - The Players 5/15/2022

Peter Babbage of Hjorring , Denmark asks...

I realise this would come under a ‘local’ rule but would be grateful for your opinion. At the lower levels here we have the 10 minute ‘sin bin’. In a recent game a substitute entered the fop before the other had come off. Now this was a fairly junio...

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Law 3 - The Players 4/15/2022

Barry Stewart of Chilliwack, BC Canada asks...

I was reffing at a high school (not U.S. high school) tournament recently. One team had no subs, whereas the other had many and were winning comfortably.

After the game, both the losing coaches and a parent respectfully asked why I was all...

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