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Law 4 - The Players Equipment 3/30/2017

Tina of Sydney , NSW Australia asks...

I don't really like tying my hair up. I don't know why, I'm just not used to it. I have an upcoming game in a couple of days and I was wondering if I had to tie my hair up? My hair is quite long and I'm planning on cutting it today. I'm us...

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Law 4 - The Players Equipment 3/25/2017

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

1. Today the CR stopped play in the first half to inspect my son's footwear and called the AR over to assist. After the game, my son told me that at the time they weren't sure about the number of studs on the cleats. Apparently they determined tha...

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Law 4 - The Players Equipment 2/26/2017

Zeke Palermo of Woodstock, Georgia USA asks...

Going through the site, it's obvious that the LOTG indicate that no jewelry shall be worn in a match, and the refs here seem to be EXTREMELY sure that this is followed. My question is simple; where do you referees/the LOTG stand on religious jewelry/...

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Law 4 - The Players Equipment 2/14/2017

Todd Andrew of Dana Point, CA USA asks...

It seems that IFAB Law 4 clearly states that a Goalkeeper cap is permitted during play. FIFA equipment guidelines (section V. Special Equipment, number 22 Goalkeeper cap) even show a 'typical' soft top 'baseball' style cap. Our goalkeeper had a plai...

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Law 4 - The Players Equipment 2/7/2017

Eric Ford Sestili of Adelaide , South Australia Australia asks...

When players wear another sock on top of their soccer sock I know it has to be the same colour. But those ant slip socks (trusox) with the spots on them. Eg team wear white socks with white trusox over the top with black spots on the back of the ankl...

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Law 4 - The Players Equipment 1/15/2017

Nik of Maidenhead, U.K. asks...

Hi we played a team today that tucked the laces in to their boots rather than tiring them up, is this correct?

If that boot comes off and injures a player or even if the player in question is injured in a tackle then who is liable?...

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Law 4 - The Players Equipment 1/6/2017

Russell of Sydney, Australia asks...

Regarding modification to Law 4 (Players Equipment) that Luther of Long Island enquired about, it made me think of a situation presented a few seasons back.

As 4th official in a Final, I quickly became the most un popular guy when I advised ...

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Law 4 - The Players Equipment 1/3/2017

Alyssa of na, georgia United States asks...

I tore my MCL approximately a month ago. Our soccer season is coming up and I have to wear a hinged knee brace. The hinges are covered by padding and cloth by DonJoy, I did not alter it in any way. Am I able to play with this brace?...

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Law 4 - The Players Equipment 12/26/2016

Alexis of portsmouth, virginia United States asks...

If a player with white shorts with black hems chooses to wear undershorts, could they either wear white or black even though white is the dominant color of the shorts...

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Law 4 - The Players Equipment 12/12/2016

alex gutierrez of corona, CALIFORNIA United States asks...

I was watching the playoffs for MLS and something caught my attention. When the teams went to kicks from the mark and were waiting at the center line, Seattle's team had run to the bench and grabbed their coats while Toronto's team did not. Does th...

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