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Law 9 - The Ball in and out of Play 7/19/2018

Ramadas MR of Cochin, Kerala India asks...

I came across a situation where referee blown whistle near penalty box in a futsal match for a foul/handball in favour of attacking team. Without stopping the play(running ball) attacking team scored goal in 1-2 secs after whistle. The goal should be...

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Law 1- The Field 7/18/2018

Ron of Minneapolis, Minnesota USA asks...

The goal posts are positioned 6 inches behind the goal line, and can not be moved to the correct position on the goal line. For a penalty kick under these circumstances, should the goalkeeper be required to remain on a line between the goal posts, o...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 2/5/2018

Jack of Lilburn, Georgia United States asks...

Last Saturday at my granddaughters, u14, Athena game, the opposing goalie was positioned at the corner of the goal area. The ball was knocked to her and rebounded off her foot to go off her to just outside the goal area, the goalie crosses the line ...

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Law 11 - Offside 1/25/2018

Barry Stewart of Chilliwack, BC Canada asks...

Offside question. As proof of my interest in getting it right, I even DREAM of reffing, LOL!

This morning, I woke from a dream where a player in an offside position in the penalty area slips and falls on his face.

While the PIOP is ...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 1/18/2018

Phil of Tarzana, CA United States asks...

Really! It would seem to me that if the ball bounced with enough force to reach the edge of the penalty area and then the wind blew it back without touching the floor [I assume ground] from the edge of the penalty area, I would strongly consider aba...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 1/2/2018

Phil of Tarzana, CA United States asks...

Happy New Year & a belated Happy Holidays!

I've ref'd younger ages for AYSO for about 10 years (I don't think that I'll ever be center reffing older ages, as my speed & endurance declines with age-:)) All during that time, I've never had to...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 1/1/2018

Douglas MacIntyre of Rockville , Maryland USA asks...

If player A commits a cautionable foul on an opponent, but the referee plays advantage, and then during the advantage, player A commits a 2nd cautionable offense, can the referee give 2 cautions followed by a red card?...

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Law 5 - The Referee 12/28/2017

russell of Sydney, Australia asks...

I guess we are being to technical if we say that there was a denial of a goal from the specific shot taken - and it's just circumstance that the follow up sequence of play resulted in a goal.

Technically, even with the follow up goal, a goal...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 12/24/2017

Andrew of Wilmington, North Carolina USA asks...

Merry Christmas,
I just found your site and really appreciate your work. I'm a new referee and wanted to know if there are any guidelines on using cards at lower age groups. I know at extreme youth levels, the players don't understand what the ca...

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Law 5 - The Referee 12/24/2017

Martin Gorrie of Glasgow, US Residents Only United Kingdom asks...

How long should an advantage be played?...

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