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Mechanics 10/14/2013

Caleb Perry of Independence, Missouri USA asks...

I have been a referee for eight years now. I just got my state badge this year and want to keep progressing up the ladder so I'm trying to refine my game. As I work with more referees and get more and more feedback, some of it becomes confusing. M...

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Law 11 - Offside 10/14/2013

Jim Jones of Washington DC, DC US asks...

Scenario attacker A is onside when a direct free kick is taken, but the kick hits defender A and bounces backwards for attacker A to put into the net.

Does that deflection off the defender put the attacker in an offside position or must the ...

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League Specific 10/14/2013

Rachel of Sheridan, IN USA asks...

We just had our championship game and in my eyes got screwed! The center ref was wearing a 2009 patch, 1 ar had no patch and the ref let a parent from the opposing team ar but told her she could not call offsides! (Which the one goal they won off was...

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Law 3 - Number of Players 10/13/2013

Phil of Tarzana, CA United States asks...

There seems to be several possibilities, depending upon the outcome of the kick & I'd like to make sure I understand the results.

1. If Green team was short because the ref was too quick to blow the whistle for the restart:
a) If a goal...

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Law 8 - Start and Restart of Play 10/13/2013

Scott Parker of Redlands, CA U.S. asks...

Is it a legal kick off if, after the whistle has blown to signal play, one player touches the ball only (it does not roll forward or backward)and another player then kicks the ball forward? If it is not legal, what is the restart?...

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Law 11 - Offside 10/13/2013

Wilson vargas of Weston, Fl Broward asks...

Attacker A is in an offside position, attacker b has the ball and decides to dribble, passes the defense and goes all the way to the goal line, then passes the ball to attacker A who scores, in my opinion this is not offside because now attacker A is...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 10/13/2013

Michael J. of Tucson, AZ USA asks...

My team is awarded a corner kick..corner kick hits off of goalkeeper and is caught by defender standing on goal line at the near post..Ref whistles play dead..What is the call?...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 10/13/2013

Darren of Saco, Maine USA asks...

What is considered 'control' by a keeper. I have been told in the past that one finger on the top of the ball is considered control. I saw a ball kicked out of a keepers hands as he was bending over to pick it up. He had both hands on the ball but ...

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Other 10/12/2013

Peter Grove of Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire England asks...

When referee Voshol says it's been this way 'for years,' he isn't kidding. It hasn't been possible to be offside from a goal kick since the very first set of rules were promulgated in 1863 (although at that time, goal kicks were actually taken from ...

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Law 11 - Offside 10/12/2013

Sergio of Belmont, CA USA asks...

A1 is taking a corner kick from AR1 side. The corner kick is deflected off the keeper then received by A2 in offside position who then kicks the ball in to the goal.

Goal or no Goal?

Offside offence or no offside offence?

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