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Mechanics 10/7/2016

Steven of Los Angeles, CA USA asks...

What do you think the best plan of action is to do as a CR if you do not have any ARs?

In leagues in my area, we will occasionally run into issues (as I'm sure a lot of youth leagues across the country do) where a game may have a CR and only...

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Law 11 - Offside 9/20/2016

Nuno of London, UK asks...


in reference to offside rule:

'A player in an offside position receiving the ball from an opponent who deliberately plays the ball (except from a deliberate save by any opponent) is not considered to have gained an advantage'<...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 9/19/2016

Martin Field of STAFFORD, United Kingdom asks...

What are the rules re 'backing in' and 'holding your ground'?

Yesterday at a game, the referee was continually giving fouls against defenders holding their ground at throw ins - when the attacker was continually and obviously backing in to ...

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Law 11 - Offside 8/22/2016

Barry Stewart of Chilliwack, BC Canada asks...

Re: being offside when coming back to a ball that was passed backward.

I would like to see it clarified in the the Laws, allowing the square or backward pass to be exempt from offside calls.

Rugby and North American (gridiron) footb...

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Kicks From The Penalty mark 8/19/2016

Romeo of Toronto, ON Canada asks...


We had a very good referee in a recent game. We were tied, played extra time (each team scored another goal), and went to penalties.

The other team had a red card. The referee told us we needed to go down a player. I asked hi...

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Kicks From The Penalty mark 8/14/2016

Jack of Sydney, NSW Australia asks...

In the 2016/17 LOTG, it states that:

'The penalty kick is completed when the ball stops moving, goes out of play or the
referee stops play for any infringement of the Laws.'

It seems to me that this no longer prevents an attack...

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Law 6 - Assistant Referee 8/14/2016

Andy Quiligotti of Manchester, Cheshire England asks...

Why do the linesmen only work the pitch to the left of the goalkeeper and never the half to the right ??????...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 8/13/2016

Barry Stewart of Chilliwack, BC Canada asks...

Time-wasting topic.

We saw the US keeper, Hope Solo, pull a stunt in the USA-Sweden Olympic women's match yesterday, calling for a new set of gloves before the final Sweden shot.

I just did a text search of FIFA's on-line Laws. Whil...

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Law 11 - Offside 8/13/2016

Thomas Schaller of Chicago, IL USA asks...

With the new offside rule though, does that change when to call it as well?
It seems to me (maybe I'm wrong) that previously offside was called ONLY when the player touched the ball (like on a ball that was played behind the defense and the attac...

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The Technical Area 8/8/2016

George of Parangarecutirimicuaro, CA Sacratomato asks...

A player approaches the technical area and the coach hands him a bottle with water. The player turns around to follow the play as he drinks. The ball is kicked hard from about the six in the direction of the player drinking water. As players are scra...

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