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Providing answers to questions regarding soccer laws since October 11, 1999.

It is with great sadness we report that Keith Contarino is no longer with us having recently passed away to that great soccer pitch beyond! His effort and dedication to this site will be missed. Keith worked tirelessly to keep the site operational. His thousands of answers, occasionally sarcastic or witty not unlike his mentor, Chuck Fleischer, strived to always be correct within the laws of the game, to consider the spirit of those same laws and to encourage the questioner to think for themselves!

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 9/15/2014

RE: Rec Under 13

Scott of Santa Rosa, California USA asks...

My initial question was going to be about the correct call when a keeper loses control of a ball when there is a collision directly following the keeper diving on the ball. But after looking up rule and trying to inform myself more before asking the...

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Mechanics 9/15/2014

RE: Rec Adult

Mitch of Ottawa, Ontario Canada asks...

I recently awarded a penalty and one of the defending players yelled that I gave a penalty 'against the black team'. I only verbally admonished the player and told him that I would write him up (which I did: I submitted a special incident report).
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Law 7 - Match Duration 9/15/2014

RE: Select Under 13

Don Treply of Stone Park, IL United States asks...

Thanks for replying. I will say, however, that my feelings are irrelevant to the question at hand. I'm really just looking to learn here.

No. 2 seems clear enough to me from your answers--that the center ref has all the authority required to...

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Law 14 - Penalty kick 9/15/2014

RE: competive Adult

solomzi of port elizabeth, africa south africa asks...

If there goalkeepr leave the line before the penalty is taken and the ball hits a pole and does not go in will the penalty be retaken?...

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Law 15 - Throw In 9/15/2014

RE: Highschool Under 17

Juan Dominguez of Lansing, Mi USA asks...

A player gets ready to throw the ball in a and slips out of his hands and the ball falls behind him never going into play what is the call what team get the ball ...

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Law 11 - Offside 9/15/2014

RE: Grade 8 competitive Adult

Rob Deutsch of Cincinnati, Ohio USA asks...


Can an offside penalty be called off by the center ref to allow advantage for the non-penalized team to proceed? In this case, the ball was immediately stolen from the penalized team and the now attacking team has a clear path to goal. Or ...

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Law 4 - Players Equipment 9/14/2014

RE: division 2 Under 12

jonathan schriner of bluffton, ohio usa asks...

can i play soccer in a cast

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Law 11 - Offside 9/14/2014

RE: competive Under 16

Alan of Heathfield, East Sussex uk asks...

The attacker was in an offside position when the ball was played by another attacker to him but the ball looped up & by the time he actually received the ball he was in an onside position because a defender had run back to cover. I flagged him as o...

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Law 15 - Throw In 9/13/2014

RE: club Under 15

donnie of needham, ma norfolk asks...

On a throw-in how long do the throwers feet have to stay in contact with the ground. Some refs have said till the ball touches another player and/or the field. Others have said just until it's released?

Thanks Donnie...

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Law 14 - Penalty kick 9/13/2014

RE: competitive College

Emmanuel Madubi of Morogoro, Tanzania asks...

A player in my team during a match got a penalty and the ball hit a post and the kicker took a rebound and scored a goal and the referee said it wasnt a goal is it correct?...

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