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Law 14 - The Penalty kick 3/3/2018

Chuck Love of syracuse, new york usa asks...

Me again. Man I got a bone between my teeth lol.
What do you all think of this interpretation:

Given 1: A penalty kick (PK) is a 'clear goal scoring opportunity'(CGSO).

Given 2: During the taking of the PK it is illegal for a G...

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Law 14 - The Penalty kick 3/3/2018

Ross Jeffery of Doncaster, Yorkshire England asks...

Tottenham Hotspur had a penalty kick disallowed and the player booked (Heung Min Son) against Rochdale in the FA Cup this week.

Was this the correct decision?

Ive read all of the rules and disagree as far as I can see he hadnt compl...

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Law 14 - The Penalty kick 3/3/2018

Chuck Love of syracuse, new york usa asks...

Thx to all who replied thoughtfully to my earlier query. However those answers only frustrated me more. I understand letting very marginal calls go, yet many aren't marginal at all but gross violations, easily seen. So why is there such a seemingly c...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 3/3/2018

Peter Babbage of Hjorring, Denmark asks...

Having issued a caution ( yellow card) can a referee then change his mind and decide it was more serious and send the player off?...

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Law 3 - The Players 3/2/2018

Sarah of Miami Beach, Florida United States asks...

The other day my best friend who is the goalkeeper of her team had a game. From time to time her muscles shrink? I don't know if that's the term. The thing is that during the game she kept calling the referee and telling him that her muscle had shran...

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Law 14 - The Penalty kick 3/1/2018

Dan S of Minneapolis , MN USA asks...

Watching the recent game between Tottenham Hotspurs and Rochdale- Tottenham were awarded a PK after VAR confirmed a trip started outside the PA but continued inside. The striker taking the PK stopped his run up and then took another 2 paces and score...

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Law 11 - Offside 3/1/2018

MARV of Bowmanville, Ontario Canada asks...

Regarding Offside and the terms Save and Played. The term Save is fairly straightforward.

Played is defined as 'Action by a player which makes contact with the ball'.

In every 'non-save' situation where the defender makes contact ...

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Law 14 - The Penalty kick 3/1/2018

Chuck Love of Syracuse, NY USA asks...

In a recent interview former English referee Peter Walton stated that refs give keepers 'considerable leeway' to come off their line before a PK is actually taken. My questions are: 1) Is he correct? I've seen it time & again so just by anecdotal evi...

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Law 5 - The Referee 2/28/2018

Dave Bermingham of Herndon, Virginia United States asks...

Lots of VAR controversy in the FA Cup Tottenham v Rochedale match.
Two questions: I'm having a problem seeing that the Referee and VAR Ref are being consistent in two of the early decisions. At 0...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 2/26/2018

Barry Stewart of Chilliwack, BC Canada asks...

Interesting situation there.

It is assumed that the substitute player has entered the field of play, yet there is a way that he could have prevented the ball totally going out, without entering the field of play.

Since the ball has ...

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