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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 10/4/2018

Petr of Prague, Czech Republic Czech Republic asks...


Defender passes the ball to his goalkeeper (back-pass). Goalkeeper kicks this ball. After this kick ball touches goalkeeper's hand.

I am thinking about this. In the penalty area it is offence (back-pass rule). But outside the...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 10/4/2018

trevor isaacs of Saint AUgustine, FL USA asks...

Forward gets a break away one on one with keeper, ball is on the ground
1. Keeper goes to ground, tips the ball away from forward, forward's momentum causes him to crash into keeper's knee, forward goes down...Referee call a penalty. Referee sa...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 10/1/2018

Tom of Denver, Co Usa asks...

One of my most difficult calls to make is shoulder to shoulder but one player puts more shoulder into in than another, and when it is correct to call a foul. I know shoulder to shoulder is legal but coming in from an angle with excessive speed, I wil...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 9/30/2018

GARY of nashua, nh 03060 asks...

Player goes to head the ball in penalty area, defensive player lunges at him in a reckless fashion and makes head contact to the other player (didn't seem like he meant to head butt him-but also didn't have a realistic chance of winning the ball cle...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 9/27/2018

Dave of Pottsville, PA United States asks...

Goalkeeper has ten fingers on the ball when he/she receives the ball. Simultaneously, an attacking player collides with the keeper and dislodges the ball. Is there an offense here?...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 9/27/2018

Chuck of Phoenix, Arizona USA asks...

A player with the ball is running at full speed down the field. A defender from the other team steps up to stop them. The defender actually stops with 2 feet planted while the offensive player is making a pass. A split second after the ball is passed...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 9/26/2018

Coach John of West Chester, PA USA asks...

Hello panel,

I really enjoy reading the Q&A on this site.

Coached a game Sunday and looking for opinions on (4) questions:

4 brief game clips here:

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 9/25/2018

Victor Blackburn of Beaufort, SC USA asks...

Another interesting topic that came up during a discussion and had mixed feelings among different referees.

'Pulling' is a continuous foul and is assessed at the most advantageous spot. Blue defender grabs a handful of White attacker's jer...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 9/22/2018

russell of Syeney, Australia asks...

As it seems like nobody else has asked...

...I'd like to here the panels thoughts on the Red card for Ronaldo.

For me, I think it is possibly one of the softest red's handed out, however, I really like the fact that it was given.
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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 9/20/2018

john scar of adelaide, sa Australia asks...

When in the penalty box a defender crosses his arms in a X formation in front of his chest in a protective manner so as to soften the impact of the ball coming directly at his chest, penalty or no penalty? Please note the shot is directly on goals.
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