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Law 5 - The Referee 4/18/2009

Michael of nyc, nyc usa asks...

Reasonable behavior guidelines dictate early trips to the parking lot - many coaches here in NY (mostly hispanics and Irish) can be very aggressive and say things like, 'where did you get your license', or 'who gave you that license' etc. If you ca...

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Law 9 - The Ball in and out of Play 4/16/2009

ray verrity of Mt Gambier, Sth Australia Australia asks...

when is the ball kicked direct into touch from from the goal area...

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Other 4/10/2009

F. C. Deal, Jr. of Baltimore, MD USA asks...

'We were just killing time in the tent waiting for the lightning to pass.'


(Pardon the '...

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Law 11 - Offside 4/9/2009

Gordon Dillon of Whitburn, West Lothian United Kingdom asks...

If an attacking team attempt to play a pass through to a player who is in an off-side position, is the player deemed on-side if the ball hits a defender on the way through?...

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Law 11 - Offside 4/9/2009

Melles of Asmara, Eritrea asks...

If from a throw in a ball is defected from a defender and reaches the opposing team player(an attahing player) who is in an offside position and scores a goal what will the result be or the referee decide. ...

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Law 11 - Offside 4/9/2009

Kidane of Asmara , Eritrea Eritrea asks...

Law 11
There is no offside offence if a player receive the ball DIRECTLY from:
1 goal kick
2. throw in
3. corner.
My question is what about if the player receive the ball INDIRECTLY( WHICH DEFECTED BY A DEFENCE)FROM THE THREE P...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 4/8/2009

Kurt Harris of Bixby, OK USA asks...

The ball has gone out of play and is Team A's throw in. Team A's player knocks down Team B's player right after ball has gone out. What is the proper call and restart?...

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Law 11 - Offside 4/8/2009

Scott of Watertown, NY USA asks...

To get more clarification on the myth of not being offside if all players are on your own half of the field. Am I correct in saying that if all players minus the goalkeeper on Team B are on Team A's half of the field as long as Team A does not cross ...

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League Specific 4/7/2009

Joseph of Newberry, FL USA asks...

Thank you for the responses. This does not exist often, and unfortunitely, I will have need to deal with it again for the next several weeks with the same team. I understand that it is not a foul according to the rules, but I agree that it is unspo...

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Law 3 - Number of Players 4/6/2009

Joseph Caster of Wilson, North carolina United States of America asks...

Is the defending team permitted to make a goalie change(substitution)just prior to the attacking team taking a corner kick?...

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