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Law 18 - Common Sense 10/21/2014

Jack Smith of Sydney, NSW Australia asks...

I was linked to a strange incident on Youtube ( In the video, it appears that a defender is cautioned for unsporting behaviour / delaying the restart of play for clearing the ball too hard (while it is in ...

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Law 18 - Common Sense 10/14/2014

tom kolon of warren, ohio usa asks...

During an injury can the ref. give permission to the others to leave the field for water ? What are the problems created by such action ?...

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Law 18 - Common Sense 10/13/2014

George of Parangarecutirimicuaro, California Sacratomato asks...

Goalie lunges for the ball but loses control and the ball travels maybe one foot in front of her. An attacking player challenges for the ball. Opposing coach goes berserk over the no call from the ref. We discussed this particular play at half-time w...

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Law 18 - Common Sense 10/10/2014

mike of rosemount, usa asks...

if a player runs out of the field can they renter on there own or does the ref have to allow it? can they be the first to touch the ball if they just come right back in?...

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Law 18 - Common Sense 10/8/2014

Zach of Eagan, MN US asks...

Thank you for the answers to my questions all. It was a very confusing play/referee decision, and you all helped clear it up for me. I think what made me most confused was that my player didn't even get a card. I do know the rule that a foul that DOG...

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Law 18 - Common Sense 10/1/2014

Robert Ayala of HOUSTON, TX United States asks...

I read the responses to the reference question and the scenarios as presented make sense, but I would still like further clarification.

If a player working near the goal line plants one foot outside of the goal line mark, where a ball would...

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Law 18 - Common Sense 9/29/2014

Phil of Tarzana, CA United States asks...

Thanks to all of you for all the advice & explanation. I must have gone over this in my head dozens of times. I learned several things:
1. First, thanks for the explanation of the PA. I'm sure I knew that, but for some reason, have trouble re...

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Law 18 - Common Sense 9/22/2014

Martin Lewis Platt of New York, New York United States asks...

I heard on a telecast this weekend of an EPL match, that at one time there was an obstruction penalty when a player protected a ball going out of bounds from a player trying to get to it. What was the rationale for eliminating this rule? One of the m...

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Law 18 - Common Sense 9/22/2014

Chris of Dover Plains , New York USA asks...

Can a player defend with their arm out? Bent or straight....

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Law 18 - Common Sense 9/22/2014

EHarris of Austin, Texas USA asks...

Thank you for answering the question. Allow me to explain the circumstances in which I used this last weekend. I had a player late-added to my roster who has never played soccer and didn't understand what 'defense' was and made only one practice bef...

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