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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 10/21/2014

greg tracy of goffstown, nh usa asks...

if a player is alone on the field ( no player within 10 yds. or more) and he high kicks to trap the ball is it a dangerous play infraction?...

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Law 11 - Offside 10/20/2014

Greg of Ventura, CA USA asks...

First off, I want to tell you that this is a terrific place to learn the nuances of refereeing. I've learned more here that just about any other source... well except for actually going out and refereeing. Anyway, keep up the great work.


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Law 17 - Corner Kick 10/6/2014

Jason Harries of Swansea, UK asks...

Can a corner kick be taken from either side?...

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Law 14 - Penalty kick 10/6/2014

Mark of West SAcramento, CA usa asks...

PK in the box. Striker kicked the ball and it hit the goal post. it bounced back at him and he kicked it in. Is this a good goal? The whistle for a goal was blown can I rescind that goal based on the goalie not touching the ball?

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Mechanics 9/27/2014

Phil of Tarzana, CA United States asks...

In a U12 game, red attacker was dribbling toward the penalty area. Right at the penalty area, the GK grabbed the attacker's shirt. It happened so fast, I couldn't tell whether it was inside the penalty area.

However, the red attacker kept ...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 9/24/2014

George of Parangarecutirimicuaro, CA Sacratomato asks...

I have a follow up question regarding 28749.

White team is attacking and the last player with the ball loses control at the last minute and dribbles the ball right into the goalie hands of red team. Goalie sprints to a corner inside penalty...

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Law 11 - Offside 9/22/2014

Aarushi of Delhi, Delhi India asks...

Player A and Player B are my opponents. Player A is in offside position and Player B has the ball. As he moves forward I tackle him and kick the ball away. Player A gets the ball. Is he offside?...

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Law 6 - Assistant Referee 9/22/2014

Aaron Speca of Virginia Beach, VA United States asks...

This question is more about communication between the officials and the responsibility of the AR.

In this play, #7 white is clearly offsides and the AR on the far side raises his flag, and snaps it to get the referee's attention (spotlighted...

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Mechanics 9/21/2014

Jess of Long Island, NY USA asks...

The ref handed out a red card today. After the opposing coach walked onto the field and spoke to him the ref then went and spoke to his AR. After that, he reversed the red card and continued play.
Is it legal/acceptable to Red Card a player, hav...

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Law 4 - Players Equipment 9/20/2014

Hannah of Saugus, California United States asks...

Hi I'm very concerned. I just got acrylic nails now and I have a game tommorow. I'm concerned that their gonna say my nails are too long... Their a little long but they are smooth on the edges. I'm just soooo worried that they will notice them please...

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