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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 10/14/2019

Joel Genove of Leesburg, VA United States asks...

Is a hand ball/handling of the ball outside of the box (not by a goalkeeper) restarted with a direct or indirect free kick?...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 10/10/2019

jerold of phoenix, az USA asks...

question about issuing a caution for FRD

say you give a DFK for a foul in the attacking third and the defender who committed the foul receives a YC for the foul (for whatever reason, PI, SPA, etc). you choose to give the YC (not wait until n...

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High School 10/7/2019

Jason C of La Crosse, WI USA asks...

Incident in recent game: smaller defender is getting frustrated on the wing dealing with much larger attacking player. The defender, while attempting to win the ball back, loses his composure and ends up essentially hanging on the defender with handf...

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High School 10/5/2019

Jim Lynch of Tacoma, Washington Pierce asks...

10/5/19- ball kicked by player to the feet of opposing keeper, but keeper waits a LONG time before picking it up in an obvious attempt to stall, and then waits 30+ seconds after picking it up before punting or otherwise distributing it. Are there an...

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Law 4 - The Players Equipment 10/2/2019

Doug Crawford of Moraga, CA US asks...

Is Beaded Hair not allowed in youth soccer? I can see why as when players turn their head suddenly, or jump, the hair bead would move at a faster pace and could easily injury someone's eyes or other facial area.
I had never heard this so wanted ...

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Law 3 - The Players 10/2/2019

George of Parangarecutirimicuaro , CA Sacratomato asks...

At half time, while both teams are off the field, a player for white earns a red card. Does the white team play one player down the rest of the game?...

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Law 11 - Offside 9/30/2019

Ian Dibdin of Falkirk , Scotland asks...

Attacker tries to play ball over the defense, however the attacker she was playing the ball to moved into a clear offside position, the ball over the top was partially headed by the defender trying to cut the ball out... the ball was deflected slight...

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High School 9/26/2019

Ben of Lewisburg, PA United States asks...

I coach high school boys and my players, as they are getting wide, step out of bounds and then back in play and play the ball in play. Many refs have told that this is illegal because the player is leaving the field of play without permission.

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Law 18 - Common Sense 9/26/2019

Susan Wiczynski of La Jolla, California United States asks...

The LOTG does not specifically address hair accessories (other than 'jewellery'). Are hair bows allowed? Things with knots? I'm sure metal and hard plastic are not. I am starting a company supplying matching hair ornaments for girls' athletic teams ...

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Law 11 - Offside 9/23/2019

Eugene of San Jose, CA USA asks...

Regarding Law 11, what is the significance of the phrase 'gaining an advantage'? I see it causing confusion with referees and observers interpreting it as some kind of a loophole to call offside on players in the offside position before they get invo...

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