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Law 5 - The Referee
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Law 5 - The Referee 9/4/2019

Derek of Cary, IL USA asks...

I find advantage a difficult concept to master. Plenty of times in a recent match I found myself wondering if gaining advantage would be more beneficial to the team than calling the foul.
Example 1: attacker is fouled inside the PA. Ball goes t...

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Law 5 - The Referee 7/20/2019

Grant Rae of Montrose, Angus United Kingdom asks...

The ref has blown for half time then the assistant calls him over for a penalty, should the penalty be taken?, as the half is over!...

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Law 5 - The Referee 7/17/2019

Joshy estrada of Hollister , California USA asks...

If a fan is talking smack to ref and he ends the game to try to fight the fan and all the players then he cases the fight what happens?...

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Law 5 - The Referee 6/21/2019

Gary of Nashua, Nh Usa asks...

It was ussf I believe ... in regards to the statement ... I was confused because it gave me the impression you could not card players sideline after the game ...

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Law 5 - The Referee 6/20/2019

gary of Nashua, NH US asks...

I am hearing conflicting advice or procedure about post game discipline. I was under the influence that you can show cards(both yellow or red after the game)-this would include until the ref has left the field. I just read an endorsed statement that ...

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Law 5 - The Referee 6/13/2019

John Morrison of Middleboro, MA United States asks...

What is the penalty if the offensive player chooses to take a quick free kick before the ref blows the whistle?


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Law 5 - The Referee 6/3/2019

Edmond Jiang of Chicago, IL USA asks...

If the attacker is fouled but he still controls the ball and next play can seriously make immediate threat to the other team, sure I would give an advantage. But the question or confusion came to me, when the ball is away from the goal, and the attac...

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Law 5 - The Referee 5/15/2019

Andy Colbridge of Edinburgh, Midlothian Scotland asks...

How long is the referee in charge after the game, can a referee send off a player after the game , what is the cut off point ...

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Law 5 - The Referee 4/28/2019

Mark of Sydney, NSW Australia asks...

I have a question regarding playing advantage and when its deemed to be over.

Yesterday I was watching a men's all age game when an attacker was fouled in the attacking half, just past the center circle, as they were passing the ball to a te...

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Law 5 - The Referee 4/25/2019

Fidel Jaary of Auckland, New Zealand asks...


When starting a game a whistle is blown by the referee only once. At the end of the 1st half the referee blows the whistle 2 times. At the end of the game the referee blows the whistle 3 times.

In case of an Extra time, does the...

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