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Mechanics 1/4/2022

Crebs Crem of Zagreb, Croatia asks...


As far as I know, VAR cannot get involved unless there is a situation related to to a goal, penalty, direct red card or a mistaken identity. However, does the central referee have the freedom to consult the video assistant referee f...

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Law 15 - The Throw In 1/2/2022

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

One additional question, please.

Advice To Referees says:

The ball is in play on a throw-in when the ball:
1) touches the plane of the touchline and
2) leaves the thrower’s hands.

In our case, point 1) is no...

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Law 15 - The Throw In 1/2/2022

Michael Ponting of Corby, England asks...

Have the throw in rules changed , the reason for the question is a throw in should be taken at the point the ball left the field of play however in a game today a throw was taken 25 yards from where it should be taken , the ref blew for the three bei...

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Law 15 - The Throw In 12/31/2021

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


one 'throw-in procedure' question, please.

Ball leaves player's hands and enters the field. Shortly afterwards, the player completes the movement and raises his foot into the air. Is it illegal?


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High School 12/29/2021

John Herbert of Huntersville, North Carolina US asks...

Free kick taken into the box, our player beats the goalie to the ball, he is in the air, goalie does not get off the ground, but jumps into our player, never touches the ball, the ball is headed into the goal. The ref called foul on the attacking pla...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 12/19/2021

Mr Anthony Owens of SOUTH SHIELDS, Tyne and Wear United Kingdom asks...

I was wondering if there are any rules regarding not awarding a free kick or penalty for a foul that happens off the ball. There was an incident today in a match between New'castle and Man City
I hope you've seen the video of the incident for re...

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Mechanics 12/14/2021

Samantha of Edmonton, Alberta Canada asks...

In one of my games, a player on the opposite team lost his cool and ran onto the field and began pushing a number of players on the opposite team. The other team started doing the same to that player. The player who ran onto the field was about to co...

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Character, Attitude and Control 12/11/2021

Tony of Whitehorse, Yukon Canada asks...

In the MLS Cup Final, in the last seconds when Portland scored there was a foul. Not sure any ref could deny there was a foul but could or should a ref call that on the last play of the game. Yikes!!!...

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Law 9 - The Ball in and out of Play 12/11/2021

Barry Stewart of Chilliwack, BC Canada asks...

In a recent game, we had a corner kick. The kick was taken and delivered to the 18 yard line.

The defence pushed out and the pass to our striker 'appeared' to be offside, so the lone-official whistled it down while the goalie picked up the...

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Law 14 - The Penalty kick 12/9/2021

Alexander Maxwell of London, — United Kingdom asks...

If he was trying to play mind games with the player taking the penalty, would it be legal for a goalkeeper to stand a feet or two behind the goaline when a penalty was being taken, or would the referee insist that he was on the pitch?...

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