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Law 9 - The Ball in and out of Play 5/16/2018

George of Parangarecutirimicuaro, CA Sacratomato asks...

Red attacker is fouled (shirt tug) as he enters the box by the 18. Just when attacker seems to lose his footing, CR blows play dead. Somehow, attacker regains his composure right after the whistle and scores.

I know the play is dead since wh...

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Law 5 - The Referee 5/15/2018

Dave of Maroochydore, Qld Australia asks...

1. Can a referee be substituted at half time, even if he is not injured? We had an incident last week where the person that refereed the first half decided at half time that he could no longer continue in the second half because he felt the match wa...

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Law 6 - The Other Match Oficials 5/15/2018

peter of Savannah, GA USA asks...

In the final minutes of a frantic 1-1 game blue v white,90 degree heat, my A/R flagged during a loose ball deep into whites half who recovered the ball. The A/R had not flagged at all in the game other than an offside or two and I assumed it was an o...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 5/14/2018

James F of Pittsburgh, PA USA asks...

Midway through the first half of a fairly lopsided contest the white team up 4-0 gets whistled for offside just outside the blue teams penalty area. The ball continues to move into the penalty area and a collision occurs between the blue teams keeper...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 5/14/2018

Barry Stewart of Chilliwack, BC Canada asks...

Foul recognition question. Assuming the point of contact to be the blue player's shoulder blade: if the white defender should succeed in nudging the blue player off the ball, would it be a foul? (In this case, the pass got off before light contact.)<...

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Law 18 - Common Sense 5/13/2018

Andrew of Wilmington, Nc Usa asks...

I've got a little dispute with another official. If an obvious goal is scored, are you as a referee required to be the whistle? I believe the laws say no. What's the correct response?...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 5/11/2018

Mike of Montreal , Qc Canada asks...

Pass back rule:
Defender controls ball with foot in PA, keeper picks up ball with hands. No passing motion but control of the ball with foot is well established. IFK to opposing team or play on? I understand at this age a warning would suffice, b...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 5/11/2018

Phil of Tarzana, CA United States asks...

Thank you for the explanation. I missed that clarification in the new LOTG. I searched for 'impeding', which didn't lead me to it. I had to search for 'impedes'.

Glad you clarified that for me! (Of course, announcers have been calling hol...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 5/11/2018

Aaron Speca of Virginia Beach, VA USA asks...

As a follow up to this situation, I wonder how you would feel about a caution for the foul and then a second caution for unsporting behavior for the 'defender walking away laughing'?...

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High School 5/10/2018

Troy Adams of Naperville, IL USA asks...

Can an offsides penalty occur in your own defensive half? And could a ball be placed for a restart, because of an offsides call, in your own defensive half of the field? ...

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