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Mechanics 2/21/2024

Crebs Crem of Zagreb, Croatia asks...


I would like to ask a question about APP concept of VAR.

Does any unimpeded touch by the defender reset the APP? For instance, team A attacks, the referee misses and offside by team A, one of the players of team A crosse...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 2/19/2024

Sal of Chicago, IL United States asks...

A player upset at an opponent screams at the referee “if he touches me again, I’m going to f..k him up. Yellow card or red card for violent conduct?...

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Law 4 - The Players Equipment 2/18/2024

Robert Healey of Bournemouth, dorset England asks...

can a goalkeeper play in all black as it would clash with referee in local soccerleagues in england...

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Other 2/16/2024

Mike McConnell of Lachine, QC Canada asks...

Futsal question:
Can the goalkeeper score a goal after having made a save places the ball on the floor and kicks it directly into the opponent’s goal (within the four seconds of possession)? Can the goalkeeper their hands to their feet and drop...

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Law 17 - The Corner Kick 2/15/2024

Haluk Karacabey of London, United Kingdom asks...

Dear Refs,

My question is regarding the corner rule.

If a player somehow directly kicks the ball outfield (due to curve for example) when taking a corner, without the ball ever coming into the field upon the kick, would a reta...

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Other 2/12/2024

Douglas Wix of Liverpool, England asks...

In the African Nations final why didn't the var team make the referee aware of a possible red card when KESSIE clearly elbowed the Nigerian player. It was hardly mentioned on TV nor mentioned on bbc Web pages today the day after the game. Many thanks...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 2/10/2024

DEMETRIOS PROTOPAPAS of Limassol, Limassol Cyprus asks...

Hello there,my name is Demetris from limassol CYPRUS.I am a little confused regarding the referee decision to give a penalty after VAR intervention. Match reference AEK v Apollon for the Cyprus league played on Sunday Feb10, video reference https:/...

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Law 3 - The Players 2/10/2024

Bibiana Armenta of San Antonio, TX United States asks...

After overtime is finished and still tied, can the forward player take the position of the Goalkeeper during the penalty shootout?...

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Law 13 - Free Kicks 2/10/2024

David Barclay of Manchester, Select United Kingdom asks...

Free kick awarded.
The Ref blows for the kick to be taken.
The player standing over the ball reaches down and moves the ball slightly forward with his hands and then takes the kick.
Isn't that technically handball?

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Law 5 - The Referee 2/10/2024

Bob Siddle of Harrogate, England asks...

Team A moving forward and the striker is caught and injured in the penalty box. He needs treatment and the physio is on, in the meantime the ref. awards a penalty for the challenge.
The striker should go to the sideline for 30 seconds, ( counte...

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