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Law 18 - Common Sense 11/24/2021

Eunan McDaid of Donegal, Non-US/Other Ireland asks...

Hi, I was wondering if yous had any ideas on what would be an interesting dissertation topics in refereeing?

I am considering a few. including - referees using bodycams or should ex-players be referees.

Can you think of anythin...

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Law 8 - The Start and Restart of Play 9/22/2021

Peter of Stockton, CA United States asks...

Just watched Manchester United Vs West Ham. Surely Bruno's goal should have stood. He was 4M away, the referee : In all other cases, the referee drops the ball for one player of the team that last touched the ball at the position where it last touche...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 8/22/2021

Crebs Crem of Zagreb, Croatia asks...

Oh, I am really sorry for the typo. I actually meant why didn't the referee restart the play with a dropped ball after Rooney has been sent off?

I know, penalty kick cannot be awarded in such a case since the ball was not in the play when ...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 5/21/2021

Luke of Livermore, CA US asks...

Taken from an on-line quiz I just took (hence the odd numbering system, do you think the following video clips are handballs? Why or why not? Does the level of play make a difference in your determination?

No. 2:

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Mechanics 3/29/2021

Doug of Folsom , CA USA asks...

Hello all- I am looking for advice on the ability of an exercise tracker to semi-accurately measure the distance I move as a referee, including all of the continuous walking and running, as well as the frequent stop and start activity. I was thinkin...

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Law 11 - Offside 1/26/2021

Russell of Sydney, Australia asks...

Ok - I'll be the one to ask.

Offside or not in the Man City v Aston villa EPL match?

Have heard a lot of debate on this one.

I listened to the match on radio and after the incident happened the commentator kept coming...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 9/26/2020

Laurence Hill of Christchurch , New Zealand asks...

After a free kick was awarded the fouled player threw a punch and the opposition player reacted by grabbing the player who threw the punch by the shirt near but not on his throat. Should this result in a red card to both players or just the player wh...

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League Specific 9/26/2020

Carsen Cachelin of Lititz, Pennsylvania USA asks...

I had a coach tell me that there are no penalty kick if a player is fouled inside the box for u10 and that it is supposed to be an indirect free kick. Is this true...

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Other 8/27/2020

Dave Kumlin of LUNENBURG, MA US asks...

Covid & Unaffiliated Games Question...
My small town has decided not to participate in league play this fall. Opting instead, to have all their age groups play in-town games against each other. If our teams are playing these in-town games sche...

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Other 4/3/2020

Refjak of Malindi, Kenya Kenya asks...

Thank you guys for your great job. God bless you!...

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