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Law 11 - Offside 11/24/2014

RE: 6 Adult

steve darlow of manchester, england asks...

a defender turns to play the ball to his keeper it goes to an attacker stood in an offside postion.
what is the correct decision offside or not offside...

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Law 9 - The Ball in and out of Play 11/24/2014

Anon of Altadena, ca US asks...

USSF expressly teaches that a dropped ball may NOT be given when the refere cannot tell which team last touched. (Which makes sense, as a dropped ball takes place where it was when play stopped -- play stopped when the ball was completely off the fi...

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Law 8 - Start and Restart of Play 11/24/2014

RE: Under 13

Scott of Livermore, CA USA asks...

I don't understand the problem some of you had with the referee who allowed play to continue when the attacking team with the injured player had the ball, but stopped play when the defending team gained control. I agree that we should stop play early...

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Law 14 - Penalty kick 11/23/2014

RE: Competitive Under 11

Allen Riedel of Menifee, CA USA asks...

I believe I know the correct answer to this question already, but I would love validation.

Law 11 - Offside

The play in question was this. My team was attacking but just crossing the half line. One of my players took an arcing blast...

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Law 11 - Offside 11/22/2014

RE: Competitive Adult

John of Bristol, MA USA asks...

An attacker is standing in an offside position, 4-5 yds behind the second to last defender, about 8 yds from goal. A teammate breaks through the line of defense with the ball and dribbles past the attacker who been in an offside position and then im...

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Other 11/22/2014

Mike dudgeon of Hebron, Ne United states asks...

Can a reciever go out of bounds and come back in catch the ball fumble and the other team recover...

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Mechanics 11/22/2014

RE: Intermediate Under 13

Phil of Tarzana, CA United States asks...

This is a Follow Up Question to Q# 28983. I had a U12 game where the green team took a goal kick & her teammates got the ball and were in good attacking position. As the kicker ran forward, she slipped & hit the ground (not her head) & didn't get u...

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Law 7 - Match Duration 11/22/2014

RE: NCAA Division 3 Under 17

Shane of Manlius, New York USA asks...

I recently watched a game where a player, during the game, walked over to the touch line and took off his shinguards and tossed them away off the field. The assistant referee just told him to put them back on. Was this the proper thing for him to do?...

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Law 15 - Throw In 11/22/2014

RE: Recreational Adult

Russell Montgomery of Sydney, NSW Australia asks...

With regard to the throw in - Ref McHugh. makes the suggestion "
If the referee was unsure of the direction of the throw in he could also start with a dropped ball and allow the team to either contest it or not.
I have never heard of this ...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 11/22/2014

RE: Competitive Adult

Nathan of Alma, Ontario Canada asks...

On a direct free kick, I (attacker) lunged at the ball to head it, the keeper also reached for the ball to control it. We reached the ball simultaneously, but my contact sent the ball into the goal.

I did not bump the keeper's person in any...

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