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Mechanics 12/12/2019

Rob of jacksonville, fl duval asks...

I'm an AR, let's say slightly over the halfway line. I see an offside but hold my flag as it looks like another player in an onside position may get to the ball first. 15 yards down the field the offside player gets to the ball first and I raise my f...

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Mechanics 10/29/2019

Russell of Sydney, Australia asks...

I cannot hold back any longer !!

What a joke the VAR decision to rule out the Arsenal goal.

It is a joke due to as both Ref McHugh and Grove allude too - the push by the Palace defender.

I agree, that different leagues tol...

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Mechanics 10/20/2019

J.martins of Oyo, Oyo Nigeria asks...

The striker receives ball outside 18 yard box of his opponent and he was off,then the AR raised and drop the flag twice,after droping the flag a goal was awarded .my questions are(1)is the AR surpose to keep the flag raised or drop it? (2)the goal aw...

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Mechanics 10/16/2019

Peter Monks of San Francisco, CA USA asks...

The following scenario was posed to me this past weekend, and I'm still mulling it over. The experienced referee who posed it to me said that this had indeed happened to them; albeit just once in their decades of refereeing.


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Mechanics 10/15/2019

Eugene of San Jose, CA USA asks...

Is it a good idea for the referee to warn a player during a play that he'll be offside if he goes for the ball?...

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Mechanics 10/14/2019

Ken of Eugene , Oregon Usa asks...

Is it proper for a referee to suggest to a coach at youth level to take a player off for a bit due to behavior on the field? Had a situation this weekend at u14 level where some words were misconstrued between two players and resulted in a player cry...

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Mechanics 9/30/2019

Barry of Dallas, TX USA asks...

I tend to do a lot of talking as CR. A lot of 'no foul no foul', 'that's all ball' when a player goes down/flying if it's fair, 'fair slide, good slide', 'fair shoulder' and frequently calling out why I called something a foul

Would this amo...

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Mechanics 7/7/2019

Fidel Jaary of Auckland, Auckland New Zealand asks...

Hi Sir,

i was doing U19 game between two competitive teams, during the game the goalkeeper of one team kept saying to me that the striker of the other team uses or swore at him, i was adamant that i didn't hear a thing, he GK kept telling me...

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Mechanics 6/22/2019

Peter of Sarnia, Ontario Canada asks...

Blue team committed a foul in yellow's half in the centre circle. Direct free kick awarded. I turned to run towards the blue end of the field and, as my back was turned, the free kick was taken. As I turned back to face the ball, a yellow player wa...

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Mechanics 6/18/2019

Kailyn of Winnipeg, Canada asks...

If there is fight between two players on the soccer field, who is responsible for breaking up the fight? Is it the ref or the players? Also can the ref card you for pointing out a fight occurring on the field?...

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