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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 12/7/2016

RE: Rec Adult

Russell of Sydney, Australia asks...

Yet another PK decision I need help with.

In regard to the Dynamo v Besiktas UCL match this morning, can you please explain how the ref came to the conclusion that the Besiktas defender was at fault in the penalty.

BTW, when are the...

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Law 11 - Offside 12/7/2016

Petr of Prague, Czech Republic Czech Republic asks...


I have two questions.

First is about handball. In my situation are two attackers in the counterattack. Only one defender (last) is there. Attacker A passes the ball to the attacker B. Defender touches this ball by his hand. I...

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Kicks From The Penalty mark 12/6/2016

RE: junior Adult

chad of dublin, ireland asks...

Penalty shoot out. Score is 5-4.

Deciding penalty. Attacker his ball hard off crossbar. Keeper runs out and celebrates wildly in front of striker. Striker hits the keeper a punch.
Ball meanwhile comes down and spins into the net.

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League Specific 12/6/2016

RE: competitive Adult

Jacob of Malindi, Kenya asks...

A match kicked off at 5.40pm. Our country, and specifically this area, is one where it gets dark between 6. 20 and 6.30pm. The halves hardly lasted 20min each with a very short break (around 5min). Competition rules insist that teams turn up...

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Law 14 - The Penalty kick 12/6/2016

RE: Rec High School

Paul Gordon of Tampa Bay, Florida USA asks...

I recently saw a clip of a soccer player taking a PK online

In the clip, after I assume the whistle has been blown, the player slowly walks up to the ball and bends down as if he were to pick...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 12/6/2016

Bob of Corvallis, Oregon United States asks...

Where should the re-start indirect kick be taken on a back pass that was deemed illegally handled by the goal keeper, from the spot the player kicked it to the keeper or where the keeper illegally handled the ball?...

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Law 5 - The Referee 12/5/2016

RE: Competitive Under 13

George of Parangarecutirimicuaro, CA Sacratomato asks...

I was wondering if I can get clarification. Its one whistle to start the game, two to end first half and three to end the game. Does the third one change if the game is going into overtime? In overtime, do we treat it as a new game and apply the sam...

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Law 4 - The Players Equipment 12/5/2016

RE: High School

kylee venetsanakos of fpo, ap usa asks...

I have read the current NFHS handbook and I see no mention of not allowing players to roll up their sleeves in a game or that the uniform must have sleeves. Last season my girls were asked many times to stop rolling their sleeves...I just would like...

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Law 4 - The Players Equipment 12/4/2016

RE: Regional Under 14

Neil Jacobs of Peterborough, England asks...

A bit of a strange one more to do with maintaining the credibility of the referee than clarifying a rule. My son stopped to do his shoe laces up mid match and when the referee saw him pulled him up on it saying 'you need my permission to do those up....

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Law 3 - The Players 12/4/2016

RE: Competitive Under 17

Aaron Speca of Virginia Beach, VA United States asks...

So this happened in this weekend's tournament. Team gets a breakaway, and the keeper comes out to challenge. Shooter slips the ball past the keeper and it is headed toward the middle of open goal with no defender in position to get to the rolling b...

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