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Mechanics 11/25/2018

Gary of nashua, nh usa asks...

A fellow referee told me today I was running an 'opposite diagonal'. Wasn't too sure exactly what she meant. I positioned myself to run diagonally away from the ball, anticipating its drop point and attempting to not clog the passing lanes. I felt a ...

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Mechanics 10/16/2018

steve of oakland, CA usa asks...

How would you suggest handling a game solo mainly with regards to offsides? Last weekend I had to do a few games alone on nearly full size fields (110x70), and even though they were youth (u17 and u13) doing these games solo was still a lot of runnin...

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Mechanics 10/15/2018

Barry Stewart of Chilliwack, BC Canada asks...

Panelist Jason Wright says, 'Generally speaking, I'm with you. I think this is bordering on 'tactical advice', like telling a PIOP not to play the ball.'

I think we can learn from the way other sports are officiated: ice hockey, for example....

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Mechanics 10/14/2018

Doug Crawford of Oakland, CA USA asks...

Referee Jason Wright says 'they can ask the ref (most referees will answer'. I think I would answer a question about GK picking up the ball - a quick 'ok hands' or 'no hands', with some hand or head motions as well.

But would you give a GK ...

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Mechanics 10/14/2018

Ryan Brenneman of CHarlotte, NC USA asks...

Game today with my kids U15 club team. Referee called a foul out side the 18. Other team tries a quick kick. There was some issue immediately and he blew the whistle and brought the ball back. He then allowed the team to quick kick it again. My thoug...

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Mechanics 9/29/2018

Brian White of Palmer, MA USA asks...

I'm a relatively new ref (have about 65 games under my belt). U12 full field game, single referee, friendly temp, only a handful of fouls, no cards, very little chatter from parents, aside from sideline coaching from a Dad.

Home team with 1...

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Mechanics 9/16/2018

steve of Oakland, CA usa asks...

As a final question for preventing confrontations, when will IFAB/FIFA finally do away with allowing the players of a scoring team who is trailing to run into the goal to get the ball to bring it back to midfield to prevent the defending team from de...

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Mechanics 9/16/2018

steve of Oakland, CA usa asks...

Thank you all for your input. As an additional question for when it comes to preventing escalation, can you ever use a red card as a threat to get players to stop?

I remember seeing a video once where a referee was getting dissent and he cal...

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Mechanics 9/16/2018

Steve Stanovcak of San Mateo, CA United States asks...

I was looking in Law 6 but was unable to find anything definitive. What is the best way to get the attention of the CR if you are an AR?
For any reason. My few guesses would be to raise your flag or motion the CR to come over to talk. If there w...

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Mechanics 9/4/2018

Glenn of Boston, MA USA asks...

Silly topic, but can you talk about the use of whistle blowing techniques?

It's commonly practiced to blow the whistle longer and harder for a harder foul, and to do a simple tweet for a common foul. But I frequently blow the whistle for a ...

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