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Law 8 - The Start and Restart of Play 5/20/2019

Todd Nicholson of Norwood, MA United States asks...

In game this weekend I use a version of noted pregame talk and state that I want 'both teams to respect all free kicks and quickly back up to ten yards. Do not attempt to delay the start of a free kick by jumping up close to the attacking player.' 7...

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Law 8 - The Start and Restart of Play 5/3/2019

Lauren of Adel, IOWA United States asks...

How many times do you blow the whistle at the beginning, half, and end?
Also, for U7 do they check in and have captains?...

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Law 8 - The Start and Restart of Play 4/23/2019

S of Syd, Nsw Aus asks...


Regarding the new rules changes 2019/20 did I read right that there will be a change to the rule if the ball hits the referee it will be a drop ball to the team who had the ball last?...

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Law 8 - The Start and Restart of Play 4/14/2019

S of Syd, Nsw Australia asks...

What's the new law change with drop balls can it not be contested?

And also goal kicks please.

Even though my competition are still using the 2018 rules....

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Law 8 - The Start and Restart of Play 2/20/2019


The referee was blowing up for half time as the ball entered the net. As we left the field of play we believed the goal had not been allowed as we did not kick off again. Subsequently the referee informed us the goal had stood! Can you advise if the ...

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Law 8 - The Start and Restart of Play 10/31/2018

Steve M. Marquez of La Mirada, California United States asks...

I have been trying to find the reference for this problem/interpretation

In specifically a corner kick but it really applies to all IDFKs.

To restart play the ball must be KICKED AND MOVED. Does the action of stepping on the ball a...

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Law 8 - The Start and Restart of Play 10/18/2018

Barry Stewart of Chilliwack, BC Canada asks...

I saw an odd one in our 60+ league game last week. At our kick-off, our striker was ready to put the ball in play when he was joined on the centre line by a team mate.

The ref waved him out of the circle, saying only one player could be ther...

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Law 8 - The Start and Restart of Play 10/16/2018

Steve of gillingham, uk asks...

With regard to the new kick off rule whereby the ball can be played backwards from kick off - does this apply to mini soccer rules as the English FA's mini soccer rules still says the ball must be kicked forward...

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Law 8 - The Start and Restart of Play 9/26/2018

George of Parangarecutirimicuaro, CA Sacratomato asks...

Goalie sprints to the nearby field to retrieve a ball that has been awarded to opposing team for a corner kick. The older bother, who has been pleading he get back to the box, meets him and pushes him to get back into the goal. Little brother turns a...

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Law 8 - The Start and Restart of Play 8/20/2018

Bill cansick of Harwich, Essex England asks...

Years ago the two captains would meet in the cntre circle and the ref would toss a coin . Sometimes the teams would then swap ends. This never happens now. Is the direction of the play decided before the game now?...

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