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Ross Jeffery of Doncaster , South Yorkshire England asks...

Hello! Whilst watching Arsenal v Tottenham in the English premier league on Sunday I noticed a player (Gabriel) shouting at the spurs player (Son) in an attempt to distract him while attempting his shot on goal. The Arsenal player was running directl...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 9/26/2023

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


one additional question please.

What if the whole incident happens when the ball is out of play? Player A will also receive 1x YC and 1x RC?


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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 9/26/2023

Barry Stewart of Chilliwack, BC Canada asks...

Hi all,

I was in a Facebook discussion about a video clip of a handball call and when one poster mention it being "ball-to-hand," another poster claimed that is no longer a consideration. Who has it right?

While we're on the top...

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Other 9/25/2023

Robert T Durkee of Mentor, Ohio USA asks...

I'm watching the Eagles beating the Buccaneers. When the Eagles were only a yard or less from the end zone. they came out with a formation with all the players very close to each. Then, they ran a QB sneak. However, the QB was pushed from behind by ...

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Law 17 - The Corner Kick 9/24/2023

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


one more old thing, please. I was unable to send an inquiry through your site. It did not work :-)

Scenario: A player steps on the ball before a corner kick (or free kick or kick-off) and moves it to a teammate with the s...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 9/24/2023

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


one situation, please.

'The ball is in play. Players start pushing each other. The referee stops the game. He wants to give both of them a yellow card. Then player A punches player B.'

What is the decision? Re...

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Law 11 - Offside 9/21/2023

Tyler of Vancouver, BC Canada asks...

Can an attacker be offside if both the kicker and the receiver are already past the second to last defender. For example, if the defenders are on the other end of the field and an attacker is standing by the penalty box. If an attacker with the ball ...

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High School 9/21/2023

Chester of Fairfield, CT USA asks...

In a US varsity high school match a penalty kick was awarded in a two man system. My partner proceeded to run it, gave the ball to the kicker to place on the spot, and proceeded to tell the goal keeper to have at least one foot on the line until the ...

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Law 16 - The Goal Kick 9/21/2023

Larry of Danville, California United States asks...

At the taking of a goal kick the GK sets the ball inside the PA. The ball is stationary and the GK takes a soft touch kicking it completely out of the PA then kicks it a second time. No attacker attempts to advance on either touch. By Law this is an...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 9/12/2023

Tyler of Vancouver, Bc Canada asks...

Hello! At what point is the goal keeper out of their penalty box? If the ball is just outside of the box, can they keep their feet in the box and pick it up? What if it’s on the line? How about if they’re already holding it? Is it where the goalkeepe...

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