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Law 4 - Players Equipment 1/28/2016

Phil of Tarzana, CA United States asks...

This comes up in AYSO all the time. By the way, they happen to sell soft studs (clear) on & probably other places. I doubt that a removal for 1-1/2 hours would cause the piercing to close. My daughter played soccer for years with pierce...

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Law 4 - Players Equipment 1/27/2016

Carl Donkin of Sunderland, England asks...

During a game my football boots were feeling uncomfortable. I asked the referee if I could leave the field to change my boots, he agreed I could but advised to wait for him to call me back onto the pitch. I changed my boots and shouted to the ref tha...

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Law 4 - Players Equipment 1/27/2016

Gareth Roberts of Machynlleth, Powys United Kingdom asks...

Can a Player Manager leave the technical area to warm up?
Would he be allowed to give instruction to his players while doing so?
If his side were given a penalty would he be allowed to ''warm up'' behind that goal and distract their Goalie?
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Law 4 - Players Equipment 1/25/2016

helda of corter , Washington US asks...

Cartilage piercings cannot be taken out for a year after piercing. My daughter wants her cartilage pierced but is worried she will not be able to play soccer. It is not possible to get it pierced while it is not soccer season because she plays club i...

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Law 4 - Players Equipment 12/27/2015

Melvin H. of Colorado Springs, CO U.S.A. asks...

Following up on #29998: If I remember, did not the referee in the 2002 World Cup final (Brazil v. Germany) stop the game in the first half to change his shirt? (I don't remember why it happened, but was it a similar color to one of the jerseys?)...

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Law 4 - Players Equipment 12/20/2015

Phillip Torres of Chicago, IL US asks...

Just received rules for new indoor league facility. Specifies that no hard cleats allowed. This is different than all other local options that permit normal outdoor cleats. Regrettably we have already paid so are locked in.

I protested t...

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Law 4 - Players Equipment 12/14/2015

Antonio of Ormond Beach, FL United States asks...

If an away goalkeeper and the referees of a match have the same color jersey, is it the referee's responsibility to change color? Or is it the goalkeepers responsibility?...

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Law 4 - Players Equipment 12/10/2015

George of Parangarecutirimicuaro, CA Sacratomato asks...

This past season i saw players get warned not to be caught wearing jewelry during pregame inspection. Once the game started, players were given a yellow card and sent out of the game to take jewelry off. As i sit here reading law 4, this method of wa...

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Law 4 - Players Equipment 12/9/2015

John of Atlanta, Georgia USA asks...

Can you wear a elevation mask/training mask during a game....

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Law 4 - Players Equipment 10/19/2015

Ken McKay of Medway, MA USA asks...

I recently had a young female player show up to a game with DANGLING earrings which I was informed could NOT be removed because of personal/family religious reasons. In this particular case the coach of the opposing team was also an official, and on...

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