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Other 12/1/2021

Anna of Chandler, Arizona United Star asks...

Can I take an RSL referee training course if I am 13?...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 11/28/2021

Maughan Nicholson of Hexham, Northumberland England asks...

Watching two professional matches in recent months, the defender has been penalised by award of a penalty for high kicking in the penalty area.
My view is dangerous play = indirect free kick.
Please can I have the explanation?...

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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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League Specific 11/23/2021

steve of Altadena, CA USA asks...

Three notes with respect to AYSO. First, the current guidelines from AYSO on location of the IFK for deliberate heading are exactly the same as the LOTG: if in the goal area, the IFK is from the edge of the goal area, not the penalty area. (I believe...

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League Specific 11/22/2021

William Joy of FORT WORTH, TX United States asks...

Under the new "no heading" in-play rules, what happens if?

A player heads a ball off his own goal line preventing a goal-scoring opportunity.

What is the call?

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Law 17 - The Corner Kick 11/17/2021

Derek of Cary, IL USA asks...

I am curious how much leeway is given in this situation. If the ball is judged to be in play by a sleight of foot trick, legally the defenders can steal the ball and run away with it. But no defender is going to risk getting cautioned for FRD or DR...

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Law 17 - The Corner Kick 11/15/2021

Gary Robinson of Draper, UT USA asks...

I had a situation in my last game of the fall season that I'm still mulling over and questioning. I was the center and awarded the Blue team a corner kick. Blue #1 grabbed the ball and set it near the corner flag for the kick. I was focusing mostly ...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 11/13/2021

Gregory S Tardaguila of Redondo Beach, California USA asks...

I used to get emails from Thomas Bombadilla. It was a “what’s the restart?”
Attacking player with the ball is moving forward in opponent’s goal area. The keeper makes an attempt to challenge for the ball. He blocks the ball and it is still in ...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 11/12/2021

Ray Sharman of Leicestershire, England asks...

As very often happens the manager tells his forwards to go stand on the goalkeeper at a corner so as soon as the kick is taken are they impeading the goalkeeper?...

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High School 11/11/2021

Will of Madison, Ct USA asks...

The goalie is holding the ball in the box when a player on the other team bumps into him. There is a confrontation that results in the goalie pushing the player as he walks away. Though the goalie only uses one hand the player goes fling in the air. ...

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