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Rick of Middle river, Md USA asks...

In reference to the question on the penalty kick question/ answer
If the kicker kicks the ball after the deflection from the Golie and the laws of the game are in effect and their is no defender between the kicker and the Golie wow not the kicke...

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Mike of Livonia, Michigan U.S.A. asks...

If the lines on the field are considered part of the area which they enclose, then why during a throw-in must the player's two feet only be partially on the line when the rest of the feet can be across it and on the field? If even their full foot was...

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Trent Futrell of KNOXVILLE, TN - Tennessee USA asks...

I've been refereeing games for a couple years and I believe that soccer is a physical game and there will be contact. Any advice on how to judge if too much contact is going on? I try not to interrupt the game with a ton of whistle blowing unless n...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 4/24/2017

Christina of New Smyrna Beach, Fl USA asks...

I have a son who plays on the U16 level for a travel team. Yesterday we had a game. My son is a defender. The other team had a corner kick. The team kicked it and another player kicked it towards the goal. My son was standing in front of the goal and...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 4/22/2017

jorge of Cedar Ridge, CA United States asks...

penalty for goalie crossing 18 yard line with ball before he kicks it...

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Law 13 - Free Kicks 4/22/2017

Israel Maciel of South Gate, California United States asks...

Lately I have seen referees not requiring the defensive team players to move 20 yards away from the ball. Referees argue that if the team taking the free kick doesn't ask for the distancia, he doesn't have to ask defensive players to respect that dis...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 4/22/2017

Zluvka of Liberec, Czech Republic Czech Republic asks...


what do you think about this decision (about Son's 'foul') in FA Cup today?


Can the referee judge it as a foul attempt? (Victor Moses jumped, but...)...

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League Specific 4/22/2017

Kenny Macdonald of Armadale, West Lothian United Kingdom asks...

Our opponents were winning 2-1. There was a tackle where one of our players went down with what looked to be a bad injury. The ref waived play on. A coach from our team entered the field of play to attend to the injured player while the ref let play ...

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Law 18 - Common Sense 4/20/2017

Barry Stewart of Chilliwack, BC Canada asks...

Situation: near the end of the first half, the (no AR) referee notices the keeper 'likely' infringing on the 18 yard line, reaching the hands over the line to drop the ball for a punt. The ref is not close enough to be sure, so lets it go.


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Law 11 - Offside 4/20/2017

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

This play is an example of a flag raised too quickly by the AR I think. Keep an eye on #12 in Dark Blue. He is clearly in onside position when the long ball is struck; his teammate (#19 I think) certainly is not. But the AR raised his flag immedia...

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