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Law 3 - The Players 3/5/2019

Richard Baker of Old Toongabbie, NSW Australia asks...

The referee stops play because a substitute has entered the field of play without the referee's permission. How should the match be restarted under the latest LOTG 2018/2019?...

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Law 3 - The Players 9/29/2018

Barry Stewart of Chilliwack, BC Canada asks...

In regards to an offensive opportunity on a corner kick or a dfk from, say, within 30 paces of the goal: if the offence is ready to go immediately, should they not be allowed to proceed?

A crafty defence coach will want to ask for a sub, to ...

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Law 3 - The Players 9/27/2018

Chuck of Phoenix, Arizona USA asks...

Another referee and I were debating the laws regarding substitutions. My understanding is that a substitution is allowed at any stoppage of play, with the permission of the referee. This includes corner kicks. The other ref believes that this does no...

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Law 3 - The Players 9/10/2018

Russell of Sydney, Australia asks...

Our grassroots season has just ended here in Sydney, and I had a situation like this in a Grand Final.

Team Blue asked for a substitution on one of their throw In's that happened to be in front of their bench.

Blue 5 leaves the FOP,...

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Law 3 - The Players 9/3/2018

Kim Rasmussen of Tung Chung, Lantau Hong Kong asks...

Can a player coming onto the pitch take a penalty, a free kick or even a throw in when there has been no stoppage in play between the infringement and the player coming on?...

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Law 3 - The Players 7/4/2018

Andrew Sikora of London, UK asks...

I have seen substitutes in the World Cup coming onto the field to celebrate with their team when they score.
Is it not against the rules for a substitute to enter the field of play without permission of a match official?
Punishable with a Yel...

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Law 3 - The Players 7/3/2018

George of Parangarecutirimicuaro, CA Sacratomato asks...

Player goes down in a heated game. Center stops play and summons the coach to attend the player on the ground. Parents from the other team insist the player must abandon the field of play since the coach was summoned.

Which law supports thi...

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Law 3 - The Players 5/25/2018

terrie d of oakton, va usa asks...

At what age does youth soccer limit substitutions? or is that only in the pros?...

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Law 3 - The Players 5/22/2018

Eugene of San Jose, CA US asks...

Law 3 says that if the goalkeeper exchanges positions with another player while the ball is in play, the referee should allow play to continue. How should handling be called if one of them handles the ball while the change is taking place? Is it at r...

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Law 3 - The Players 3/2/2018

Sarah of Miami Beach, Florida United States asks...

The other day my best friend who is the goalkeeper of her team had a game. From time to time her muscles shrink? I don't know if that's the term. The thing is that during the game she kept calling the referee and telling him that her muscle had shran...

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