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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 5/3/2015

RE: rec travel girls Under 15

Ruth of Cinnaminson, New Jersey United States asks...

I have never heard of this a soft direct kick. Is there such a rule. The scenario was a drop kick in the 18 and our girl kick the ball first and when she kicked it the ball hit 2 of the other teams girls in the face and the ball came back at one of o...

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Law 3 - Number of Players 5/2/2015

RE: Professional

mike of nottingham, uk asks...

When a team has made 3 substitutions, and then their goalkeeper gets sent off.Are the team allowed to take another outfield player off, and then bring on their reserve goalkeeper.... ...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 5/2/2015

RE: Rec and Competitive Under 13

john cossette of OAKLAND, CA USA asks...

Once the goalie leaves his penalty area he is treated as a field player and all regular laws apply, correct? If he handles the ball outside of the area, it is a DIRECT free kick offense, correct? One of the coaches disagreed with my decision in r...

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League Specific 5/2/2015

RE: Intermediate Under 13

Phil of Tarzana, CA United States asks...

I'm not sure what league the original poster is with, but I know that steps are being taken in both AYSO & at least some high schools.

In AYSO, all referees & coaches must now take an online course & pass an exam on concussion awareness. If...

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Law 8 - Start and Restart of Play 5/2/2015

RE: Intermediate Under 13

Phil of Tarzana, CA United States asks...

What would you do if the ball goes over the touch line & the opposing team quickly takes a throw-in before you see the AR's flag? If you didn't signal for a throw-in, can you still go back to the penalty kick?...

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Law 14 - Penalty kick 5/1/2015

RE: Adult

Farid ahmad of kunduz , kunduz afghanistan asks...

If referee does not see the penalty but lineman sees it and raised the flag but referee did not see also the flag ordered to continued later on saw that the flag is up than ordered to have penalty....

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Law 5 - The Referee 5/1/2015

Jason of Wylie, TX USA asks...

I have a question involving player safety.
As a coach I am familiar with many of the other players and parents in our league, not just my own team. In talking with a parent one night, they tell me that their child has had 4 concussions in the pas...

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Law 8 - Start and Restart of Play 5/1/2015

anon of Altadena, California US asks...

None of the answers reflect back to the ATR, which was part of the question. The question incorrectly stated the ATR's indicated restart. The GK restart provided in the ATR is for a goal scored when a *player* enters or reenters; the ATR restart fo...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 4/30/2015

RE: Rec / Select Under 13

Brad of Plymouth, Michigan United States asks...

I am a fomer player, a (boys') coach and a recently-certified referee. An incident happened while coaching which has me looking for clarification as a referee.

I coach U-12 boys playing in high-level recreational league. We share a practic...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 4/30/2015

RE: AYSO National Recreational Referee Adult

Tim Haddad of Lancaster, CA USA asks...

My question is clarification of a restart after a very specific sequence of events involving misconduct and a disallowed goal.

BLUE team has just scored a goal on the RED team, but BEFORE play has restarted the referee discover...

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