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Mechanics 10/29/2015

Barry Stewart of Chilliwack, BC Canada asks...

I side with being proactive, in staying close to the play and using my voice to nip trifles before they escalate, or to state that I have seen something (such as a non-DHB hand contact) but 'keep going.'

I also like to inform attackers and d...

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Mechanics 10/28/2015

james of new york, ny usa asks...

Whether a center or assistant referee, I generally refrain from verbally calling out things such as 'watch the pushing/holding/arms/etc'. I feel that if a foul is occurring, I should call it rather than giving players 'warnings' like this, or if ther...

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Mechanics 10/28/2015

sam of new york, ny usa asks...

2 questions regarding use of 'outside' referees for assistance

1. A setting where there are extra referees near the field (ex. field near tournament tent, referee waiting for next game near field, etc). A fight is about to break out of the f...

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Mechanics 10/20/2015

Robert of Olympia, WA USA asks...

In youth soccer, what is the correct way to deal with parents on the sideline?

1. Should you directly engage with parents who are criticizing your calls, and what is the correct manner to do it in? I assume you use the same ask, tell, remove...

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Mechanics 10/15/2015

Scott of Livermore, CA USA asks...

What is the proper procedure for an AR given the following? A player is in an offside position, and he plays a ball that is kicked or headed to him, but the AR could not tell if the ball was played by a defender or an attacker. Should the AR raise hi...

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Mechanics 10/7/2015

Brad Heers of Plymouth, Michigan United States asks...

This scenario raises two questions in me that revolve around 'interpretation' and practical game management.

The example cited is of a keeper dropping the ball due to 'dissenting-level' distraction of the opposing coach, then reacquiring t...

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Mechanics 10/3/2015

Phil of Tarzana, CA United States asks...

I know you've answered this question before. But I still have problems with it in practice. I referee 11-12 year olds for AYSO mainly.

If there's a foul in the penalty area (say a trip), there's an immediate cry from the spectators. Now, ...

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Mechanics 9/29/2015

Phil of Tarzana, CA United States asks...

I have a question about something referee Joe McHugh said about the flag in the wrong hand.

I've been taught that an AR should always carry the flag in the hand closest to the field & the CR. So if you're running away from your goal, it's i...

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Mechanics 9/21/2015

Derek of Cary, IL USA asks...

This weekend was the first time I worked with only 1 AR, and it was a new experience for me. There were a few complications with this, as you may know.
I recruited an adult to help as a club linesman for the opposite side. But even with this, I...

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Mechanics 8/26/2015

Brad of Plymouth, MI USA asks...

I am curious about a general question, and then in answering two specific scenarios around it.

In a general sense, the question: 'Is it allowable to simultaneously book a player or substitute for two distinct cautions, thus resulting in an ...

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