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Mechanics 9/29/2021

Trent Futrell of Knoxville, TN USA asks...

U14 Middle School Girls soccer game

Two incidents I want to ask about.

First, blue team gets a DFK on red half of the field. Most of the red team heads back to protect their goal. However one red player is lurking off to the s...

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Law 15 - The Throw In 8/25/2021

James of Memphis, Tn USA asks...

On throw-ins when is a player too far over the touchline? I only have this problem in rec leagues....

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 7/11/2021

Jeremy of houston, tx usa asks...

An attacker with ball running up their attacking third sideline, puts a touch a bit (maybe 5 yards) in front of themselves. Defender lunges in late after the touch and doesn't make contact, but the attacking player has to jump over the lunging defend...

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High School 6/23/2021

Mark Krawiec of Rocklin, CA USA asks...

Is this a fair challenge? It runs at normal playback speed first, then at slow mo 40%.

Ref called it DFK no caution.


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High School 6/7/2021

Derek of Cary, IL USA asks...

White player is controlling the ball at midfield. Blue player is behind, takes a couple steps and drops down, sweeps her legs around and slide tackles the ball away. One leg is in the air, about a foot above her other leg. White player falls over ...

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High School 5/21/2021

LD Maya of San Mateo, CA USA asks...

Must a player be cautioned for moving a corner flag? why?

My perception was players must be cautioned, after all Law 17 states "The corner flagpost must not be moved," and Law 12 shows "a player must be cautioned for unsporting behaviour, ...

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Law 15 - The Throw In 5/11/2021

Trent Futrell of Knoxville, TN United States asks...

In dual reffing a middle school boys tournament, white team kicked the ball out of bounds. Red team gets the ball and moves several yards down the field from the spot to throw it back in. I didn't notice the red player advancing several yards down ...

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High School 5/9/2021

Jason C. of Lacrosse, WI USA asks...

A hypothetical situation and two questions, I'd be interested in answers for both NFHS and IFAB.

90th minute of a US high school playoff game, there's a foul in the penalty area, a penalty kick, and an injury to the fouled player that res...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 4/27/2021

Derek of Cary, IL USA asks...

I have had a recent match with an inexperienced Center and am wanting your input. As an AR, I assist the ref in making decisions, and most of my assistance relates to matters of fact, but sometimes I feel like I could do more.

With the pl...

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Character, Attitude and Control 4/24/2021

Jonathan of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Unites States asks...

Would like your opinions on my "unorthodox" refereeing style. When I center referee a game, I tend to talk quite a bit during a match. Any challenges where a player goes down but no foul I'll call out things like "not a foul", "fair shoulder", "strai...

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