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Law 18 - Common Sense 7/13/2019

Jack of Castle Rock, CO USA asks...

Complicated one:
Ball is kicked from midfield by an offensive player to an opponent's goalkeeper. The keeper controls the ball with his feet from within the penalty area (he never uses his hands). He then dribbles outside the area, feels pressure...

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Mechanics 6/22/2019

Peter of Sarnia, Ontario Canada asks...

Blue team committed a foul in yellow's half in the centre circle. Direct free kick awarded. I turned to run towards the blue end of the field and, as my back was turned, the free kick was taken. As I turned back to face the ball, a yellow player wa...

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Law 13 - Free Kicks 5/24/2019

Barry Stewart of Chilliwack, BC Canada asks...

Regarding kicked restarts: I'm sure we've all seen the kicker (especially at IDFKs and kick-offs) who puts his foot on top of the ball and rolls the ball back and forth until he sees his chance to release it. Even worse, the player who rocks the ball...

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League Specific 4/30/2019

Lauren of Adel, Iowa United States of America asks...

How do you fill out a scorecard?...

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Mechanics 4/5/2019

Peter Silkowitz of Stamford, CT Fairfield asks...

Is there a good way to remember which way a team is going so when a ball goes out you can remember? Players aren't always in the right position.
I generally let play continue with physical contact unless there is a lowering of the shoulder or...

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Law 11 - Offside 2/9/2019

Doug of Bethel Island , CA USA asks...

The ball is played back to a defender who misplays the ball. The ball was deflected off the defender and landed at the feet of a forward who was in an offside position. That forward was in an offside position prior to the misplayed pass. As an AR I r...

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Mechanics 1/20/2019

greg of houston, tx usa asks...

i talk a lot as ref when i center. mostly a lot of 'no no no', 'nothing there', 'that's fine that's fine no problem' to call out non-fouls. or if a player tries to complain about something that is't there, i'll call/talk back to him 'what, what do yo...

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Character, Attitude and Control 1/13/2019

Tyrone of New York city , New york United States asks...

What would the restart of play be for a referee changing his decision after talking to AR. Say the referee awards the attacking team a penalty for challenge in the box but the AR had a better view and told the referee that it was a clean challenge. ...

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Law 4 - The Players Equipment 1/10/2019

Carlos Rivas of Tampa, FL United States asks...

I might have to get a splint for my thumb I injured playing basketball. Can I play in a soccer match with the splint on?...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 1/2/2019

russell of Sydney (home of the worlds best New Year Fireworks), Australia asks...

I agree that deliberate handling is one of the most difficult calls to make in the game - although, I think the call itself is often straightforward, however, the 'sell' of the decision is getting harder every year as we see inconsistent calls in thi...

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