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Law 14 - Penalty kick 10/27/2014

RE: Competitive Adult

Duncan Ford of High Wycombe, Bucks UK asks...

As a player is running up to take a penalty, an opposition player shouts obscenities to put him off and the penalty is saved. Should the referee a) instruct the penalty to be retaken or b) award a free kick outside the penalty area where the opposing...

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10/27/2014

RE: Rec Under 10

Jay LaFountain of Coldwater, MI USA asks...

I was refereeing a U8 game. In the opinion of the referee (me) the goalie had possession of the ball when another player kicked the ball out of the goalie's possession.

I whistled for play to stop and then called for an IFK out for 'Prevent...

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10/27/2014

RE: Rec Under 12

Jay LaFountain of Coldwater, MI USA asks...

I was ARing for my assignor. There was a kick-off, and one of the defending players encroached after the whistle, prior to the kick. The center ref blew the whistle to stop play and then restarted with an IFK from the spot of the encroachment.
...

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10/27/2014

RE: competitive Under 12

david davis of Evansville, Indiana USA asks...

a goalie comes out of the penalty area to get a ball, kicks it back into the penalty area so it can be picked up. Pretty much kicking it to herself. According to back kick rules, the ball must be headed or kicked by the other team for the goalie to p...

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10/27/2014

RE: Rec Under 12

Jay LaFountain of Coldwater, MI USA asks...

There's been a couple of questions about this, but I'm not sure they're necessarily on point.

I was reffing a GU10 game. That's important. A girl in the penalty area knocked a ball down using her arms crossed over her chest. I blew it for...

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10/27/2014

RE: Rec Under 13

Alex of LA, California USA asks...

Hi all.
So this past weekend had a peculiar situation. Player from team A was in the penalty area and took a shot , player from team B put her hand up deliberately and it hit her hand . It then went into the goal. I signalled for a goal .
Sh...

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10/27/2014

RE: competitive High School

John of Madrid, NY USA asks...

-A ball is lofted into Team B's penalty area.
-Striker A is standing stationary in the
penalty area.
-Keeper B jumps and with extended arms gains
possession of the lofted ball.
As Keeper B lands with extended arms, th...

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10/27/2014

RE: rec

Ramon Janeiro of wilmington, delaware usa asks...

On a throw in or goal kick, an attacking player that is behind the defense, receives the ball that has been touched by a defensive player, is he off sides? On a throw in or goal kick, an attacking player receives the ball that was touched by a team ...

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Law 7 - Match Duration 10/27/2014

RE: rec

Ramon Janeiro of wilmington, delaware usa asks...

Does a referee have to allow a free kick to be tacking on the last play of the game? (The ball hits a defenders hand, and a referee calls a handball, the attacking teams quickly puts the ball down to take the free kick, and a defender stands in fron...

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Mechanics 10/27/2014

RE: rec

Ramon Janeiro of wilmington, delaware usa asks...

To start a game, you call the captains to the middle, you are going to do the coin toss, which team goes first, home or away? And does the winner get to choose, or does he get ball first and the looser gets to choose fields? How does it work?...

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