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Law 11 - Offside 4/30/2016

Phil of Tarzana, CA United States asks...

I think the link on your home page to the offside explanation seems accurate...although complex. Wish there were an easier way to describe it. Parents usually ask me to explain the offside rule after a game & there's no simple way.

As far a...

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Law 7 - Match Duration 4/26/2016

Brian Cole of Topeka, Kansas Isa asks...

Our team was awarded a corner kick at the end of the game as time is expiring. We place ball, kick, as ball is in air, ref blows whistle, we score.

Ref said 'no score' game over. I asked ref about allowing the play to finish. He said 'no'...

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Law 13 - Free Kicks 4/26/2016

Larry Kapenstein of Middletown, PA United States asks...

Indirect kick. First player just touches the top of the ball. Ball does not move. Second player kicks ball in goal. I didn't count the goal and gave the defensive team a goal kick to restart the game. Is this correct or should it have been a re-...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 4/26/2016

DC Soccer of Brownsville, VA USA asks...

Player 1 punches then slaps Player 2 in the face after losing the ball during open play. Player 2 stumbles back for a second then responds by grabbing the front to Player 1 jersey with both hands but does not strike her.

Ref issues YC to bo...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 4/12/2015

Phil of Tarzana, CA United States asks...

Windy day question. GK takes a goal kick & the ball leaves the penalty area. As the wind blows it back toward the goal, an attacker chases it into the penalty area. Attacker did not enter the penalty area until after the ball left the area, so his a...

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Law 5 - The Referee 3/9/2015

glen of london, uk asks...


need some advice please
here goes.

our team played a league fixture on Sunday basically the game was at 1-1 with 5mins left to play.
our team needed to win to claim top spot with just 4 games to go.but a draw would of al...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 3/7/2015

Phil of Tarzana, CA United States asks...

Sliding tackle. In the Saturday game between Athletic Club & Real Madrid, there's a sliding tackle by RM Alarcon at 73.03 minutes. It looked to me like Alarcon kept both legs down as he hit the ball & that Williams fell over him. Alarcon got a yel...

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Law 18 - Common Sense 1/28/2015

Amy Lloyd of Santa Cruz, California USofA asks...

In one of a recent showcase tourney, during a full-pelt run down the left wing midfield in own half a player is challenged legally for the ball by opponents tracking at sprint speeds when a ball from an adjacent field arrives between these players. A...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 1/17/2015

Rachel Doerr of Chester, Uk asks...

During a game; a paid referee awarded a free kick (which resulted in a goal) as during play my son shouted to a fellow team mate 'Your Ball'.

To my amazement this was awarded as he Should not of shouted it. Really??

Can you confirm...

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Law 18 - Common Sense 1/12/2015

George of Parangarecutirimicuaro, California Sacratomato asks...

I was an AR in a Girls U14 game. The other AR was our assignor. One of the players had her earrings covered with band aids. The CR asked her if she could remove them. The father/coach responded with a resounding 'No!' She had just had her ears p...

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