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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 4/20/2018

Jiří Strmiska of Brno, Czechia Moravia asks...

Thank you very much for answers, I forgot to mention, it's local league of mini-football in Brno (2nd biggest city in Czechia). We play according to all the standard football laws, expect of course, different pitch size, different number of players (...

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Law 7 - The Duration of the Match 4/19/2018

Jason lewis of Llandrindod Wells, Wales Wales asks...

Can a referee blow up from a throw in where the ball is still in the air and which has come off a attacking player and the ball is still the air and whistle full time...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 4/19/2018

Jiří Strmiska of Brno, Czechia Moravia asks...

So the striker advances alone on the goalkeeper, striker shoots and hits the keeper, and the ball bounces out of play, but the two players collide. Goalkeeper didn't really make the save, it was more like the striker hit him, and then got taken down....

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Law 13 - Free Kicks 4/18/2018

RefMike of Lexington, Ohio USA asks...

On FK, if kicking team decided to play quick without stepoff, but defending team purposefully puts a player about a yard or 2 in front of kicker (obviously to delay), but kicking team doesn't ask them to move back with a ceremonial stepoff, is it a Y...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 4/16/2018

Aaron Speca of Virginia Beach, VA USA asks...

Referee Joe McHugh said:

'Contact happens when the ball is within playing distance of both players.'

It's close. I'm not sure I agree that the ball was in playing distance when the contact started, but it's close. Question though,...

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Law 5 - The Referee 4/16/2018

Mark Fischer of Armonk, NY USA asks...

A new referee was being mentored by a more experienced referee (both teens), with the new referee as center ref and the more experienced ref as an AR. The new referee blew her whistle to signal the end of the game but not loudly enough, so play conti...

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Law 18 - Common Sense 4/15/2018

Peter of Philadelphia, PA USA asks...

In a 1v1 situation where the goalkeeper goes low and makes the save, and a collision ensues immediately after, can the goalkeeper be penalized on the play and a penalty kick awarded? In this particular incident the Collision involved the shooters leg...

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Other 4/15/2018

Kaylee Corzo of Chandler, AZ US asks...

Hello, my name is Kaylee. I am 11 1/2 years old and I've been playing soccer for 7 years now. The other day I ran into my old gymnastics friend, Ella. We are the same age and she told me she was reffing the younger kids. That sounded like a fun thing...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 4/15/2018

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

What are your thoughts on whether this is a foul on #62 powder blue?

I evaluate the play this way:

1. #62 initiates contact.

2. The ball has not yet arrived.

3. Although it could be 'shoulder to shoulder', #16 blue...

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Law 1- The Field 4/15/2018

Roger of Clapham Common, South London England asks...

I saw a discussion yesterday on 'You Are the Ref' forum. A video was posted of the Juventus players (probably about 2 or 3 different players) trying to distract Michael Oliver (the referee) whilst they took turns at kicking, scuffing and attempting t...

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