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Other 9/15/2018

Michael gruden of Irvine, CA United States asks...

Can a coach ask a assistant ref a question? Also if the coach asks the ref a question can a center ref eject the coach? Thanks ...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 9/14/2018

Tim Bedsole of Lithopolis, OH United States asks...

A ball is kicked on goal in the air. The keeper catches the ball firmly, has full control, and has taken two steps forward. Opposing player then runs directly into the keeper full speed and a collision occurs. The force of the impact is so strong tha...

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Law 5 - The Referee 9/13/2018

Paul of Gold Coast, Queensland Australia asks...

Can the referee make a decision regarding offside with out the assistant ref raising their flag...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 9/13/2018

Philip Keown of Belfast, UK asks...

Is this still an indirect free kick if the attacker(opposition player) is stood outside the penalty area as therefore they are not obstructing the goalkeeper from punting or releasing the ball from within their specified area. I have been told I'm no...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 9/11/2018

Dean Schaedler of Dublin, OH United States asks...

At what age do slide tackles become legal?...

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Law 14 - The Penalty kick 9/11/2018


On a penalty kick (kick off the mark), can an opponent be on the side of the area as long as he does not pass the ball, and what is the restartif he is in front of ball when kick is made....

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High School 9/11/2018

Derek Maple of Cary, IL USA asks...

High School Varsity game using NFHS rules.

Attacker A10 runs to the goal line just outside the goal area to collect a long ball. He chips the ball up toward the 6 yard line as he stumbles over the goal line. Defender D2 attempts a slide ta...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 9/10/2018

Coach Ron of Hagerstown, MD USA asks...

Keeper possession
When they were younger, we taught our girls that if the keeper only has a finger pinning the ball when on the ground (ala Lucy holding a football to be kicked by Charlie Brown) that we can't kick it.
In interes...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 9/8/2018

Gianluca of Wexford, Ireland asks...

My friends who disagreed with me were not happy with the way I asked the question and felt I didn't ask the question properly

I think I explained what happened rather fairly that Asamoah throws his leg out towards the defender to initiate co...

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High School 9/7/2018

Moshe of WASHINGTON, DC United States asks...

We all know that if the defender deliberately play the ball to the attacker in an offside position,
the attacker in question is not in an offside position.

A situation I had in a high school game today. I was working as an AR.
Team A...

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