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Law 3 - The Players 9/3/2018

Kim Rasmussen of Tung Chung, Lantau Hong Kong asks...

Can a player coming onto the pitch take a penalty, a free kick or even a throw in when there has been no stoppage in play between the infringement and the player coming on?...

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Law 1- The Field 8/31/2018

John of Ireland , Ireland Ireland asks...

Hi, i just reffed a game on a field that had some AstroTurf on it, one strip in one box (penalty spot) and the goal area and penalty spot in the other box. Is that permitted? I know that the laws allow for a hybrid system if the competition allows fo...

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Law 15 - The Throw In 8/26/2018

james of cranbourne north, australia asks...

Hi,

If a ball is thrown in, however crosses the line out of the field of play, then, without touching the ground a player from inside the field of play attempts to retrieve the ball using his foot, but fails and the ball goes off his foot an...

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League Specific 8/25/2018

tony of minneapolis, mn usa asks...

Had an unfortunate situation in a tournament this weekend that I don't think I handled correctly but would like your advice.

In youth tournaments, frequently there is typically a 'mercy rule' where if a team scores over a certain goal differ...

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Character, Attitude and Control 8/22/2018

Bob of Sydney, NSW Australia asks...

Our referee coach has issued the following direction to all referees in our organisation. Im quite nervous about implementing it. I understand the sentiment but can think of so many scenarios that would be unfair to the Captain. Can you give me yo...

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Mechanics 8/21/2018

john of houston, texas usa asks...

A referee I worked with some years ago did a wrong mechanic where if a free kick was taken '20 yards out, he would send the AR to the end line to watch ball over the goal line and CR would take offside line to watch for offside and fouls.

I ...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 8/21/2018

Irishkeeper of Sydney, NSW Australia asks...

Two players lie injured on the ground the referee stops play immediately and then AR2 advises the referee that a player has elbowed one of the players on the ground in back play. After issuing a red car for violent conduct what is the restart - dropp...

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Law 4 - The Players Equipment 8/14/2018

Bernie of Denmark, Western Australia Australia asks...

I note in the FIFA rules that there is nothing stated about whether it is legal to wear shorts with OUTSIDE pockets.

However, I do see that 'A player must not use equipment or wear anything that is dangerous to himself or another player'.
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Law 1- The Field 7/30/2018

Barry Stewart of Chilliwack, BC Canada asks...

At least in our area, the gridiron football uprights can be pivoted 180ยบ, so they are not anywhere near the soccer crossbar. Others should check into this option.

I now carry a roll of rope in my ref bag, so it can be be used as a pulling d...

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Law 18 - Common Sense 7/28/2018

Doug Crawford of Oakland, CA US asks...

Hello - We have American football goals overhanging on a few of our fields, perhaps 3-4 yards into the goal area, and a few yards above the soccer crossbar. We have a standing league rule that a ball that touches the American football goal is automa...

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