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Law 13 - Free Kicks 8/10/2016

Ron of Decatur, Illinois USA asks...

Team A is awarded an IFK on the goal area line.
Team B sends 5 players to the goal line to stand
Beside the GK and set up a wall. Is this allowed since they are only 6 yards from the ball?...

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Law 8 - Start and Restart of Play 8/9/2016

Sam of Santa Clara, CA USA asks...

In the new laws, it says that it has to at least touch two players in order for it to be a legal goal if it enters the goal, from a dropped ball. If a player takes the ball from a dropped ball and dribbled it and shoots and scores, is that still a le...

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Law 8 - Start and Restart of Play 8/9/2016

Trevor Cox of Reading, PA USA asks...

Now that, at the kick-off, the ball may be passed backwards, has the law on players being in their own half changed? I notice the kicking player is always in the opponents half at kick-off, it will be very difficult for the kicking player to pass bac...

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Law 13 - Free Kicks 6/26/2016

graeme ross of greenock, scotland asks...

can you see anything wrong with this goal scored in 1976? Should it have been disallowed? ...

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Law 5 - The Referee 6/24/2016

sam of oakland, ca usa asks...

Say you are a medical professional (nurse, physical therapist/physiotherapist, doctor, medical assistant, etc) who is also a referee. You are refereeing a game where an injury (either minor or possibly serious) occurs and the teams do not have any tr...

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Law 14 - Penalty kick 6/24/2016

Russell of Sydney, Australia asks...

Regarding the point about the Croatian keeper coming off the line early and not being pulled up for it, I totally understand that as Ref McHugh indicates - a very large percentage of keepers infringe the rules (as do the defenders and attackers encro...

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Law 15 - Throw In 6/19/2016

Warren Mackie of Auckland, New Zealand asks...

During the throw in is it illegal to spin the ball? I constantly have players asking for a foul throw when the ball spins in the air, most of the time this is just a result of the wind or a slight spin on the ball when it leaves the hands which i bel...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 6/14/2016

sam of new york, ny usa asks...

What is the correct protocol for sending off a player? By protocol, I mean what should you say or motion to a player that you are sending off? Sometimes I see the referee put up the red card then point to the sidelines, but should you verbalize anyth...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 5/1/2016

Aaron Speca of Virginia Beach, Virginia United States asks...

Two plays that sort of illustrate the concept of 'getting the ball doesn't mean that there was no foul'. Same game and crew.

The first play was called a foul. #11 black goes to tackle #48 white and gets the ball away before #48 tumbles ove...

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Law 11 - Offside 4/30/2016

Phil of Tarzana, CA United States asks...

I think the link on your home page to the offside explanation seems accurate...although complex. Wish there were an easier way to describe it. Parents usually ask me to explain the offside rule after a game & there's no simple way.

As far a...

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