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Mechanics 4/5/2019

Peter Silkowitz of Stamford, CT Fairfield asks...

Is there a good way to remember which way a team is going so when a ball goes out you can remember? Players aren't always in the right position.
I generally let play continue with physical contact unless there is a lowering of the shoulder or...

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Mechanics 4/3/2019

steve of eugene, oregon usa asks...

what should you do if you are ever on a match with a CR who is clearly struggling (perhaps a youth) who at halftime either does not want to continue as CR or you feel it would be best if they do not continue and you swap with them?

it may se...

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Mechanics 3/19/2019

steve of houston, tx usa asks...

If a fight (not mass confrontation) breaks out in a youth game should you be physical with players to break them apart? Obviously in a mass confrontation situation your crew needs to just record numbers. But if say two youth players are fighting, and...

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Mechanics 3/4/2019

Russell of Sydney, Australia asks...

A few minor points on this foul recognition debate...

I was never asking for a view based on VAR (although, the terms of VAR to determine 'clear and obvious' mistakes is a very reasonable basis to judge on).
I (like Barry) side on the t...

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Mechanics 2/16/2019

Russell of Sydney, Australia asks...

I agree the wait and see approach is very important, however, I worry that Football is going down the path of our local Rugby League, where rarely a 'try' is awarded without going to check with their equiv of VAR.

While more correct outcomes...

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Mechanics 2/15/2019

Russell of Sydney, Australia asks...

Fouls or no fouls ?

In the recent Athletico v Real Madrid match, VAR stepped in to make decisions.

https://www.yoursoccerdose.com/2019/02/09/atletico-madrid-vs-real-madrid-highlights/

The first was on the Athletico goal.
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Mechanics 1/20/2019

greg of houston, tx usa asks...

i talk a lot as ref when i center. mostly a lot of 'no no no', 'nothing there', 'that's fine that's fine no problem' to call out non-fouls. or if a player tries to complain about something that is't there, i'll call/talk back to him 'what, what do yo...

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Mechanics 1/12/2019

Russell of Sydney, Australia asks...

I recognise that in my early years (and still occasionally now), I was of the same thinking as David of London on these points (and others) - why have a rule if you do not imposed them.

These days, I am more in line with the panel - in both ...

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Mechanics 1/10/2019

David Moran of London, Please select United Kingdom asks...

By the letter of the law,
1 ALL penalties should be retaken for encroachment without exception
2 At least 33% of all throw ins are foul and should be retaken.
3 Players are seldom booked for failing to retreat 10 yards at a free kick. In ...

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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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