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Law 13 - Free Kicks 2/16/2010

Ned of Plymouth, MA USA asks...

If the ball kicked 50 feet away from where I am standing, and the ball is played while at the same time a foul is committed right in front of me, do I spot the ball at the sight of the foul, or where it was played 50 feet away? The foul in this case ...

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Other 2/16/2010

karl of northamptonen, england asks...

we had a game with a serious bad ref, at half time he stated that he was going to abandon the game if he got any more abuse!
it was not abuse it was players moaning because of bad decisions made by himself
i no that this is not aceptable but ...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 2/13/2010

James Long of Dayton, Oh USA asks...

I am unclear of an exact definition of misconduct in Law 12. If a foul is By a Player, against an opponent or opposing team, on the field of play, while the ball is in play, is misconduct all other innapropriate action?...

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Law 4 - Players Equipment 2/12/2010

Natalie of Atlanta, Georgia USA asks...

I had ACL reconstruction surgery a year ago. I was given a Donjoy brace which I absolutely swear by. However, in some select games referees have told me to cover the brace (it is partly metal), and others have let it go uncovered. Is the cover requir...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 2/11/2010

Ian Robinson of Swindon, Wiltshire England asks...

The attacking player runs into the box with the ball, goes round the goalkeeper and pushes the ball the wide of the goal (but still in the box). His momentum takes him off the field of play. A defending player then slides in to challenge for the ba...

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Law 3 - Number of Players 1/9/2010

Joe Iano of Seattle, WA USA asks...

When a player is sent off for misconduct, when can the team replace that player with a substitute and when can then not?

For example, the referee has blown the whistle to end the first half. As the players are walking toward their team benc...

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Law 16 - Goal Kick 1/6/2010

John of falkirk, Scotland asks...

Can you clarify some of the answers regarding kicking the ball into your own net from a goal kick, as the in-play/out-of-play seemed irrelevant to me.

E.g., I thought if

a) a Goal Kick and the ball went into the net without leaving ...

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Law 11 - Offside 1/5/2010

Michael of New Hyde Park, NY USA asks...

Referee Joe McHugh's response raises a question that I find comes up quite often - where should the restart for an offside offense occur. In his response, Ref McHugh states that that the ref 'awards an indirect free kick from where the ball was touc...

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Kicks From The Penalty mark 1/5/2010

Alex Amaro of Ottawa, On Canada asks...

Hi Guys,

How do you determine which team starts a penalty shoot out, if the game calls for it?

I know that the away team calls the coin toss at the start of the match to determine which side they'll begin in.


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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 12/31/2009

Alberto Sandoval Jr of West Valley, Utah USA asks...

I am a goal keeper and during a game the opposing team took a shot from above the eighteens. I had both hands in front of me as I killed the ball with both hands and it fell infront of me. Can I handle the ball or do i have to kick it out?


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