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Law 7 - Match Duration 11/6/2014

Ramon Janeiro of wilmington, delaware usa asks...

Why are referees taking over games and why do they have so much power to stop a game over and over? (high school and college) Some referees are making games very hard to watch by stopping the game on every play and giving the loosing team a huge adv...

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Law 7 - Match Duration 10/27/2014

Ramon Janeiro of wilmington, delaware usa asks...

Does a referee have to allow a free kick to be tacking on the last play of the game? (The ball hits a defenders hand, and a referee calls a handball, the attacking teams quickly puts the ball down to take the free kick, and a defender stands in fron...

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Law 7 - Match Duration 9/15/2014

Don Treply of Stone Park, IL United States asks...

Thanks for replying. I will say, however, that my feelings are irrelevant to the question at hand. I'm really just looking to learn here.

No. 2 seems clear enough to me from your answers--that the center ref has all the authority required to...

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Law 7 - Match Duration 7/1/2014

Mike of Columbus, OH USA asks...

Watching Belgium vs USA got me thinking. If there was 3 minutes of added time at the end of 90 minutes and then two 15 minute periods of extra time added, shouldn't the game have ended at the 123rd minute (before extra stoppage time)? The first extra...

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Law 7 - Match Duration 6/20/2014

khaled of Saedinenie, Choose region Bulgaria asks...

Karim Benzemas on Switzreland got me thinking. What if the ball was in the air when the ref blew the whistle, should a goal count if the ball goes on to the net just like in basketball? I imagine it would have been a big question had France needed th...

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Law 7 - Match Duration 6/18/2014

Abhishek of Hyderabad, Telangana India asks...

What are all the instances when the time is frozen during a match?...

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Law 7 - Match Duration 6/15/2014

donna of belleville, new jersey usa asks...

What does run overtime mean?...

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Law 7 - Match Duration 3/24/2014

Robert of Shelby, North Carolina USA asks...

At a game tonight was down 1-0 with 7 sec on the clock where the ref stop the clock due to a foul and injured player. Ref check player called for penalty kick . Ref started clock back our player kicked the ball with 4 sec on clock the kick scored goa...

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Law 7 - Match Duration 3/1/2014

Peter of Stockton, Ca USA asks...


This did not happen to me but did happen to a colleague. A game had gone all the way to the end with no score. Right at the end of play, team A scores a goal. After signaling that the goal was good, the center referee notices that time wa...

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Law 7 - Match Duration 1/19/2014

Gary of Solihull, England asks...


Please could you shed some light on an incident that happened at our game today. The game has gone and I realise this .. but intrigue has gotten the better of me. This question I'm sure will be hard for you to answer as its clarity is...

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