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Mechanics 5/24/2018

Phil of Tarzana, CA United States asks...

I have a question about something referee McHugh said...that he would caution both players. I thought that if you didn't see the 'initial' foul (& no AR did) that you couldn't punish that person, however unfair that may seem.

Sometimes the ...

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Mechanics 5/20/2018

mary ramirez-de-arellano of damascus, maryland USA asks...

I have watched many people play soccer and I have refereed it for 8 years. I have never played it.

I did get an E license in coaching but decided I preferred refereeing for a few reasons. I would like to know more about soccer from the coa...

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Mechanics 5/19/2018

Max of Maple Grove9, Minnesota USA asks...

Hey all,

Just got back from a 19 year old girls game as an AR.
The center ref had a more laid back style of letting the players set the tone and only calling the fouls where someone would get pushed down. Unfortunately, most of the fouls...

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Mechanics 5/7/2018

Stewart of Livermore, CA USA asks...

My question is concerning the proper location of the CR during a PK. They always stand in the penalty area, off to the side and behind the ball. Since players can be anywhere along the 18, in fact they can be on the side of the PA as long as they are...

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Mechanics 4/25/2018

Ethyn Fleischmann of Indianapolis, Indiana United States of America asks...

How does somebody get better at foul recognition?...

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Mechanics 2/19/2018

Ali Asger of Pune, MAHARASHTRA India asks...

So I was refereeing a cup final in my city yesterday. 21 out of the 22 players were on the field and ready for kickoff while only the Blue goalkeeper was taking his own sweet time to get on to the field for no justifiable reason. This delayed the ki...

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Mechanics 11/15/2017

Matt of Bristow, VA USA asks...

I disagree slightly with your ability to punish something you did not see. There are various tools that a referee may use to ascertain what happened. It would not work every time and should not be used every time, but why not ask the offending play...

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Mechanics 10/27/2017

Lee McMurtry of Loomis, CA USA asks...

Red attacker has a run on goal into the penalty area with Blue defenders on his shoulders. Blue keeper comes out and smothers the ball on the ground, in the process rolling and turning his back to the Red attacker, who collides with the keeper (basi...

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Mechanics 10/27/2017

mary Ramirez-de-Arellano of damascus, MD United States asks...

Recently in a high temperature girls high school soccer match a goalkeeper screamed at me that I wasn't protecting her. An eager forward had run into her while trying to score and kneed her in the forehead. I had not seen that. I looked more carefu...

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Mechanics 10/5/2017

Steven of Portland, OR usa asks...

Thank you for your responses. I would like to clarify that when it comes to players getting angry at me about, say, thinking a player on the opposing team is doing too much and should get a card, that I do not just ignore, those kinds of dissent that...

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