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Law 13 - Free Kicks 7/25/2015

Paul of Milton, ON Canada asks...

DFK is awarded to attacking team about 5 yards out of the area. Defenders are about 8 yards back of the ball. Attackers do not 'ask' for yards but I gently ask defenders to back up a couple of times.

Is it necessary for me to restart with a...

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Law 11 - Offside 7/23/2015

Robert Saccoia of Roseville, MI USA asks...

Does the defender have to control the ball to negate offside?
What if the defender touches the ball but can't control it?...

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Law 5 - The Referee 7/23/2015

Matt of Malta, NY United States asks...

Mark Geiger is catching a lot of heat after the Panama/Mexico game.

I know you generally don't like to second guess or criticize other officials calls (especially one of the best in the world like Geiger) but I'd like your opinion on 2 speci...

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Law 11 - Offside 7/22/2015

Tim Eliot of New York, NY USA asks...

Trying to get an answer to this offside rule question: Was playing in a game the other day, and was mystified by the situation. I was playing goalkeeper, and one of my defenders tried to clear the ball. It hit *either* an opposing attacker *or* anoth...

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Law 18 - Common Sense 7/14/2015

Kaitlin F of Kitimat, BC Canada asks...

Hi there. I'm a referee in my 3rd year and have a question.. I usually ref an all girls division of girls around 10 years old. Most of them are beginners and are unframiliar with the rules. I've warned the goalies many times that if they are holding ...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 7/14/2015

Kaitlin F of Kitimat, BC Canada asks...

Hi there. I am a referee in my 3rd year and I have a question.. I usually ref an all girls division of girls around 10 years old and there is this one girl who is a bit bigger than the others and is tougher as well. I have had a couple complaints on ...

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Law 11 - Offside 7/12/2015

Scott of Livermore, CA USA asks...

I agree we should wait on a play where an offside player is simply chasing a ball, that the GK eventually collects, and it is reasonable to wave down an early flag. How about a a ball where the GK comes off his line to get it, but because of the prox...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 7/11/2015

Russell of Sydney, NSW Australia asks...

Hi folks, just a follow on from an incident this afternoon, with a (very) senior men's local comp.
An attacking player ran on to a pass in the penalty area, near the goal line, and was brought down from behind by a defender. SO I dutifully awarde...

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Law 11 - Offside 7/10/2015

Derek of Cary, IL USA asks...

The attacking team plays a long ball from their own half toward the other goal. A PIOP from near midfield runs toward the ball. AR anticipates that the PIOP will touch the ball and signals for offside. PIOP sees the flag up and stops running witho...

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League Specific 7/9/2015

Jesse Harrington of Radford , VA. USA asks...

I watched several of the recent Women's WC held up in Canada and was surprised not to see more USA officials there? Is FIFA upset at the USA for bringing charges against their corporation? I thought much of the officiating was sub standard and many m...

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