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Law 5 - The Referee 6/21/2017

Amy Lloyd of Santa Cruz, California USofA asks...

In a match report filed 2 years ago by a referee I have now found 'alternate facts.' To be blunt, this referee has lied about incidents and anyone reading the description will not find anything wrong as it would appear justifiable. One incident is de...

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Law 5 - The Referee 6/12/2017

John Nagel of Wilmette, IL USA asks...

Yesterday, I was CR at a U10 game. The keeper took a hard shot in the face. She immediately went down, covered her face, and was crying. Before I could assess the situation and respond by blowing my whistle, the attacking team gathered the rebound...

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Law 5 - The Referee 6/5/2017

gary of nashua, nh 03060 asks...

I was actually more as so referring to proper procedure to abandon a match if a ejected player/coach refuses to leave, what should be mentioned in the game report, all previous cards?...

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Law 5 - The Referee 5/17/2017

Andrew of Columbus, OH USA asks...

Here's a hypothetical game situation that I don't know how to handle: An attacking player in an offside position receives the ball from a teammate. The AR signals for offside. However, the referee does not see the signal right away and play continu...

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Law 5 - The Referee 5/12/2017

Matthew of Brisbane, Queensland Australia asks...

My sons football team were attacking and were just outside the opposing team penalty area. The opponent made a tackle and the referee deemed this to be a foul and stopped play and awarded a free kick. He then discussed with the AR who indicated tha...

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Law 5 - The Referee 5/9/2017


The assistant referee checked the nets before starting the game. However, a ball enters the goal through a hole in the side of the net when going out for a goal kick.
The referees were confused and they awarded the goal.
Is this a technical ...

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Law 5 - The Referee 5/7/2017

John Nagel of Wilmette, IL USA asks...

Do the laws permit a CR to formally caution a coach for dissent? Or is the only formal remedy for persistent coach dissent a dismissal? Law 5.3 makes clear that the CR can dismiss a coach (CR may 'take[] action against team officials who fail to ac...

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Law 5 - The Referee 5/1/2017

Chuck of Phoenix, Az Usa asks...

Strange decision by the ref in my adult game today. With my team ahead 3-2 in the closing minutes of the game, a shot was taken by the opposing team. Not a particularly well taken shot. It was off target and rolling slowly. Our goal keeper came off h...

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Law 5 - The Referee 5/1/2017

Gregory Fischer of Canoga park, Ca United States asks...

Can a referee add more time after the final whistle to a match had been blown?

We recently had a key match against a rival that ended in a 0-0 draw. Moments after the final whistle was blown, the opposing coach ran onto the field complaining...

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Law 5 - The Referee 4/30/2017

John George of Belmopan, Belize asks...

Can a game be played over due to unfair officiating?

my first division team lost the game due to some totally bad calls by the referee even the fourth official said that some of the calls he made were really bad so before the end of the gam...

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