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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 1/9/2022

Solomon Omowele of Johannesburg , Gauteng South Africa asks...

Are all fouls on the penalty box a penalty?...

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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 12/20/2021

Mark of Eugene, Oregon USA asks...

Player A committed a reckless foul on Player B. Before I had the chance to whistle for the foul, Player B intentionally kicked Player A's legs in retaliation for the foul, to which I gave Player B a RC for VC. I gave him the RC immediately first beca...

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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 12/15/2021

Crebs Crem of Zagreb, Croatia asks...

I want to ask, what would happen if a head referee starts a VAR review for an incident which is not related to a goal, penalty, red card or a mistaken identity? For example, the head referee gave a free kick for the attacking team in a po...

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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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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 12/6/2021

JEANNE K TURNER of Mount Shasta, CA United States asks...

An attacker running with the ball sees an opponent in front of them and runs over the goal line 10 yards from the goal to continue playing the ball. The opponent then tackles him off the field of play in a reckless manner to prevent them from continu...

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