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Law 15 - Throw In 4/30/2016

RE: Rec Adult

Kai Huang of Doncaster, Victoria Australia asks...

What should be the method of restarting play when a throw-in goes straight out of bounds (without entering the field of play)?...

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League Specific 4/30/2016

RE: rec Under 7

Owen Sleigh of Ridgefield, Connecticut United States asks...

How do i fill out a game report and do i have to for young ages...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 4/30/2016

RE: Intramural College

Chris of Gainesville, FL USA asks...

In an intramural soccer game, a free kick was taken towards the penalty area. An attacker felt as if he was pushed when he jumped for the ball, but no foul was called. The 'pushing' player then took the ball up the line, and the 'pushed' attacker pur...

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Law 11 - Offside 4/30/2016

RE: Intermediate Under 13

Phil of Tarzana, CA United States asks...

I think the link on your home page to the offside explanation seems accurate...although complex. Wish there were an easier way to describe it. Parents usually ask me to explain the offside rule after a game & there's no simple way.

As far a...

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Other 4/29/2016

RE: Select Under 14

Brad of Plymouth, Michigan United States asks...

My follow-up comment to the original question. I have a bit more leeway as a coach than a parent; I coach my son's (now U-13) team and have similarly encountered referees (often younger ones) who don't know the rules as well.

If I see gross...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 4/29/2016

RE: Competive High School

Brandon Olson of Ephraim, UT USA asks...

My son and the goalie approached the pass and reached the ball simultaneously. The ball didn't seem to ever be in possession by either, but a yellow card was given to my son as the Goalie flopped to the ground.
What are the rules for a player ...

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Law 5 - The Referee 4/29/2016

RE: Under 11

Scott of ALTON, VA USA asks...

In various programs, I've noticed inconsistency in the number of officials managing the game. In rec AYSO, club / travel, middle school and high school, I've seen one referee only covering the entire field, two refs splitting the field and sharing du...

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Other 4/28/2016

RE: Competitive Other

Matt of Bristow, VA 20136 asks...

Not a question but a comment.

In addition to the assignor, there may be club/league Director of Referees or similar position whose job it is to help the referees develop. Even if not, it wouldn't hurt to mention the issue to the League/Cl...

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Law 11 - Offside 4/28/2016

RE: Intermediate Under 13

Phil of Tarzana, CA United States asks...

Referee McHugh mentions 3 ways that a PIOP is no longer offside. The second one:
'2 The opponents gain complete control of the ball without interference from the player in an offside position '
is no longer a requirement, right?


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Character, Attitude and Control 4/28/2016

RE: Competitive Under 13

Mike Green of Woodbridge, VA USA asks...

During a U11 competitive game a player tugged on a shirt at midfield disrupting an attack. There was no advantage, and I blew the foul then stopped play to issue a warning rather then caution the player. The coach of the fouled team objected that I s...

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