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Law 5 - The Referee
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Law 5 - The Referee 6/14/2024

Jude Cowan of Killaloe , Ontario Canada asks...

Can a goalie delay from picking up a ball until forced by an opposing player? Our keeper didn’t pick the ball up until a player came and challenged him, but the ref said it was unsportsmanlike and next time he will receive a yellow card. ...

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Law 5 - The Referee 5/31/2024

Andrew of Sydney, New South Wales Australia asks...

Our team manager sets a 35 minute countdown timer at the start whistle of every half we play. Today his timer went off, indicating 35 minutes had passed and the referee should call half time at any moment. Several minutes passed and we were wondering...

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Law 5 - The Referee 4/9/2024

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

Based on your answers I have one more question please.

Example: The team A with the advantage immediately (within three seconds) commits a foul.

So do we ALWAYS restart according to team B's original foul?

Thank you!...

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Law 5 - The Referee 4/7/2024

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


one question please.

Can a player decline advantage after a foul? (for example by stopping movement)

Or is it solely a referee's decision?

Thank you very much!


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Law 5 - The Referee 3/30/2024

Bob of Regina, Saskatchewan Canada asks...

Can a ref give a yellow card to a player for a misconduct committed before the match has started? If yes, does the caution carry over into the match?

Law 5.3 indicates that the referee has authority to take disciplinary action from enterin...

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Law 5 - The Referee 2/10/2024

Bob Siddle of Harrogate, England asks...

Team A moving forward and the striker is caught and injured in the penalty box. He needs treatment and the physio is on, in the meantime the ref. awards a penalty for the challenge.
The striker should go to the sideline for 30 seconds, ( counte...

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Law 5 - The Referee 1/21/2024

Peter of Stockton, CA USA asks...

If a referee signals advantage does a team have to accept it, or can they refuse the play the ball and ask for the free kick instead? This thought occurred to me during today's Sheffield / West Ham game. There was a foul just outside the penalty area...

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Law 5 - The Referee 11/25/2023

Jose of Miami, Florida United States asks...

I was told by a referee instructor that, if a player is fouled on his/her defensive third but manages to maintain possession of the ball and proceed forward the referee should never apply the advantage law but, instead blow the whistle, stop play and...

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Law 5 - The Referee 11/13/2023

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

Thanks, but I still see a contradiction there. (for example, in Mr. Dawson's text)

Don't take it personally, Mr. Dawson! It's not your fault :-)

Mr. Dawson quotes IFAB Q&As states: '...The offending player cannot be cautioned, o...

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Law 5 - The Referee 11/9/2023

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


I have one more question please.

Can a player get a yellow or red card before the match starts? If so, when can this possibility first occur? And when does the possibility of receiving cards end?

Thank you very...

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