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Law 11 - Offside 4/24/2018

RE: Competitive Under 19

Dave Bermingham of Herndon, Virginia United States asks...

In one of my games this past weekend there was a fast forward playing off the defender's shoulder trying to time runs in behind. At one point she was PIOP just inside the attacking half on the AR side as the ball was passed in behind. The keeper re...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 4/24/2018

RE: Intermediate Under 14

Phil of Tarzana, CA United States asks...

I have a follow-up question to what referee Peter Grove said. The law says, in part, that the goalkeeper is in control when: 'the ball is between the hands or between the hand and any surface (e.g. ground, own body) OR by touching it with any part o...

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Law 14 - The Penalty kick 4/24/2018

RE: Competive Adult

Enrique86 of Red Deer, Canada asks...

A player who is taking a penalty misses the ball when attempting to take the kick what is the restart....

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Law 11 - Offside 4/23/2018

RE: Adult

Fuzesy Anatol of Sighetu M., Romania asks...

Hello,, i have a question about second goal. Why player with no.9 isn't considered as interfering with play sinde capp is going ...

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Law 17 - The Corner Kick 4/22/2018

RE: Adult

Graeme Wright of Bradford, United Kingdom asks...

I attended the (very enjoyable) Bradford (Park Avenue) v Harrogate Town game yesterday, & witnessed an incident that had me browsing for a ask the ref website - I landed here.

With the visitors automatic promotion hopes dwindling at 0-2 down...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 4/22/2018

RE: Amateur College

James Maclachlan of Doncaster, Yorkshire United Kingdom asks...

I was watching a game on TV and the commentators cut to a retired referee to ask him a question about the rules following a controversial decision. He said that 'an opponent is not allowed to make contact with a Goalkeeper once both his feet leave th...

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Law 14 - The Penalty kick 4/22/2018

RE: Under 18

Gareth cope of York , Yorkshire England asks...

When a penalty is awarded in normal play where can the opposition players stand .
Clearly it has to be outside the penalty box and all players on both teams seem to stand at the back of the box close to the D.

Is there a rule to stop ...

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Law 8 - The Start and Restart of Play 4/22/2018

RE: Competitive Under 15

Mark Fischer of Armonk, NY USA asks...

In a U14 EDP game, the referee mistakenly blew the whistle. S/he restarted play with a dropped ball 3 feet outside of the box to one side of the goal (not on the line parallel to the goal line). The question came to me whether the dropped ball should...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 4/22/2018

RE: Competitive Under 15

John Nagel of Wilmette, IL USA asks...

I was CR, and had the following situation. An attacking player was fouled just outside the top corner of the penalty area by the last defender. I decided that the foul was careless (not reckless or with excessive force). I was comfortable that it ...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 4/22/2018

RE: competitive Under 14

Anthony Newhouse of Brentwood, CA United States asks...

The goalkeeper, while catching the ball, goes completely out of the penalty area into the penalty arc area with the ball still in his/her hands. How should the referee restart play?...

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