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Mechanics 9/30/2016

jeff of new york, ny usa asks...

I will frequently announce on a clearly deliberately slow restart (goal kick, throw in, free kick) for a team to preserve a lead that the team has 5 seconds to put the ball in play, and for every slow restart afterwards I will do a countdown out loud...

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Mechanics 7/11/2016

Kevin Churchill of Camarillo , CA USA asks...

I am the referee admin for a large AYSO region managing over 300+ referees. I am looking to purchase a a referee headset communication system to teach, train and coach our higher level referees but also as a real time teaching tool using a remote sp...

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Mechanics 7/4/2016

Barry Stewart of Chilliwack, BC Canada asks...

In Saturday's Eurocup match between Germany and Italy, in extra time, did I see the keeper mistakenly clear the ball into the back of the refereeŽ and when the ball came back into the PA: a player pick it up with his hands?

The only explanat...

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Mechanics 5/31/2016

John of Berkeley, CA USA asks...

Any advice for a referee who doesn't speak any Spanish in an area where many games are predominantly with Latino players? I assume they could figure out I don't speak the language and take advantage, but other than learning to speak it (which I'd lov...

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Mechanics 5/13/2016

Kristen of Knoxville, TN United States asks...

I was recently the AR1 during a high school game, in which I had stepped on the field twice. The first time was to set the ball for a foul right in front of me, as I was taught by several senior referees and assessors, because the CR and AR are not t...

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Mechanics 4/17/2016

Phil of Tarzana, CA United States asks...

When you say 'poor mechanics', can you explain what the AR or CR should have done? If the AR wasn't sure that there's a goal, then he would have no reason to signal.
Thank you,...

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Mechanics 4/11/2016

Kevine Ramasamy of Quatre Bornes, Mauritius asks...

A referee and his assistant signaled a goal.When the opposing team rushed onto the assistant referee claiming a hand ball, the referee intervened and changed his decision.Is this allowed?...

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Mechanics 4/7/2016

David Downing of Brisbane, Australia asks...

I'm confused as to why play continued after the GK punched the ball away.

If the AR in the OP was only confused about whether the ball had passed inside or outside the goal post, but was certain that it had crossed the goal line (as he must...

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Mechanics 4/1/2016

Patrick of Champlin, MN USA asks...

Here is a great video about the Esse call in WC 98.

At the end of the video he brings up a good point. I hope IFAB considers this during their trial of video replay....

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Mechanics 3/31/2016

Phil of Tarzana, CA United States asks...

Suppose we change the facts. I recall a pro game where the GK took a flying leap at the attacker, cleats showing & basically kicking the attacker in the chest & knocking him to the ground (can't remember which match). Before the referee could inter...

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