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Mechanics 5/9/2019

don of houston, tx usa asks...

Thank you for the responses. I do agree about not implementing pro style reffing to lower level matches. I tend not to do that very much, I was more speaking specifically to giving out cautions.

before I started regularly watching professio...

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Mechanics 5/8/2019

don of houston, tx usa asks...

something i need to get more used to when watching professional matches an implementing it into my games are how freely refs give out cautions and what they give them for, but at the same time frequently not giving cautions for things that look like ...

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Mechanics 5/5/2019

Gary Robinson of Pleasant Grove, UT USA asks...

Can a single player ever be shown multiple cards for the same play? I had a situation where a player made a reckless challenge to 'earn' his second yellow card of the match. After I blew the whistle, he stood up and clearly, and deliberately, spit ...

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Mechanics 5/3/2019

Jason of La Crosse, WI USA asks...

What's the NFHS vs Youth/IFAB standard for stopping play for an injury?

I saw the NFHS rules guy say that play should stop immediately, but that can't be right - defending players would game the system and use it to stop scoring chances.
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Mechanics 4/24/2019

Russell of Sydney, Australia asks...

'but I got the ball'
Interestingly, without VAR, this would have been unpunished, as the...

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Mechanics 4/17/2019

don of houston, tx usa asks...

this is causing some debate on another refereeing discussion forum (this is fake name and location btw), would like your take

i tell ARs in my pregame and make every attempt to not contact the ball if it goes out near them. dont stick a leg ...

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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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