Soccer Referee Resources
Ask a Question
Recent Questions

RSS FEED Subscribe Now!

Q&A Quick Search
The Field of Play
The Ball
The Players
The Players Equipment
The Referee
The Other Match Officials
The Duration of the Match
The Start and Restart of Play
The Ball In and Out of Play
Fouls and Misconduct
Free Kicks
Penalty kick
Throw In
Goal Kick
Corner Kick

Common Sense
Kicks - Penalty Mark
The Technical Area
The Fourth Official
Attitude and Control
League Specific
High School

Common Acronyms
Meet The Ref
Contact AskTheRef
Help Wanted
About AskTheRef
Panel Login
[Previous] [Next]

Law 14 - The Penalty kick 3/30/2018

Fidel Jaary of Auckland, Auckland New Zealand asks...

Hi There,

Team had been awarded a penalty, kicker stepped in to kick the ball from the penalty spot, i was AR1 standing on the penalty area, the keeper was moving side ways and suddenly before the kick was taken he took few steps forward, th...

Read The Full Q & A

Law 11 - Offside 3/24/2018

Jim of HILLSBOROUGH, NJ US asks...

At what point does the AR raise the Flag for Offside. Example there is a shot on a DFK from about 25-30 yds out. 2 offenders are in offside positions at time of kick. Offender A is at about the 6-7 yds out from goal. Offender B about 10-12 yds ou...

Read The Full Q & A

Law 4 - The Players Equipment 3/24/2018

Andrew of Wilmington, North Carolina Usa asks...


I was center ref during a rec game today. During play, the AR raised his flag. I stopped the game thinking it was offside. He notified me one of the players who had just substituted into the game didn't have shin guards on. Two questions...

Read The Full Q & A

Law 11 - Offside 3/22/2018

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

On this play, the player in blue is clearly ruled in offside position by the AR (on the other side, not in video) who raised his flag immediately, and the player in blue gets a clear touch on the ball. The ball does go out of bounds to white, and th...

Read The Full Q & A

Law 11 - Offside 3/14/2018

AEK Fan Club of NY of New York, New York USA asks...

To answer your question about the AR's initial reaction, the word is that he told the referee 'it is offside, but how can you call it under these circumstances (meaning venue, timing etc)

The same referee allowed the other offside goal, in t...

Read The Full Q & A

Law 13 - Free Kicks 3/13/2018

Matt Lawrence of Dallas, TX United States asks...

Well I guess if yall are in agreeance that the defense cant ask for the 10 yards then I guess thats the case now. It just seems simpler to pace it off in a goal scoring opportunity instead of throwing cards around. Also as a former golf caddie, I bel...

Read The Full Q & A

Law 13 - Free Kicks 3/12/2018

Matt Lawrence of Dallas, TX United States asks...

Regarding wall placement in a goal scoring opportunity... if the rules state that the wall must be 10 yards away, and the estimation of the referee is more like 12 yards, why is the defense not entitled to ask for a pace off if the offense is allowed...

Read The Full Q & A

Law 11 - Offside 3/11/2018

George of Heraklion, Greece asks...

Today there was a difficult decision to be made in a game for the first place in Greek championship game. I would like to hear a professional answer was it a goal or not;thanks a lot.
It's a short video of the gam...

Read The Full Q & A

High School 3/11/2018

Buddy of Houston, Texas USA asks...

Is it a cautionable offense if a player juggle the ball and then intentionally head back to goal keeper and he/she picks up ?...

Read The Full Q & A

Law 14 - The Penalty kick 3/11/2018

Richard Bowering of london, United Kingdom asks...

A penalty is awarded but the penalty spot is worn down (approximately 4 inches deep ), muddy and wet. Can the ball be placed behind the spot for the penalty kick to be taken ?...

Read The Full Q & A

[Previous] [Next]

Soccer Referee Extras

Did you Ask the Ref? Find your answer here.

Enter Question Number

If you received a response regarding a submitted question enter your question number above to find the answer

Offside Question?

Offside Explained by Chuck Fleischer & Richard Dawson, Former & Current Editor of AskTheRef

This web site and the answers to these questions are not sanctioned by or affiliated with any governing body of soccer. The opinions expressed on this site should not be considered official interpretations of the Laws of the Game and are merely opinions of AskTheRef and our panel members. If you need an official ruling you should contact your state or local representative through your club or league. On AskTheRef your questions are answered by a panel of licensed referees. See Meet The Ref for details about our panel members.