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Law 5 - The Referee 4/7/2014

RE: Pro Professional

Elly of Melbourne, VIC Australia asks...

Saw an interesting situation a few years ago, and I'd like your opinion on it.

This happened at an international friendly between Australia and Scotland. The Aussies were on the attack when a Scottish defender blocked a shot with his arm ON ...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 4/7/2014

RE: USSF grade 8 and UIL Adult

Jim Barker of Copperas Cove, Texas USA asks...

May the keeper receive a throw in from a player on his own team and pick up the ball (with his hands) within his own penalty area?...

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Law 11 - Offside 4/7/2014

RE: Travel U8-U19 and HS High School

Jordan Hirsch of Levittown, New York United States asks...

I don't often act as an AR so I was hoping you can clear something up for me. If an AR signals offside how long should he/she keep the flag up if the CR doesn't see it or acknowledge it. If plays continues from the center of the field towards the goa...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 4/6/2014

RE: level 6 Adult

richard barker of Flackwell Heath, Bucks UK asks...

A player makes a late challenge in the penalty area but after the attacker's shot has gone wide out of play. Is it a penalty?...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 4/6/2014

RE: Under 17

Daniel of Keller, TX USA asks...

Should a player's long hair just be considered part of the uniform?

I was defending a corner kick, and an opponent was making an unmarked run in the box. I reached out to grab some jersey trying to slow him down. I accidently grabbed his h...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 4/5/2014

Deemus of Stockholm, Sweden asks...

Goalkeeper has the ball in his hands, inside his own penalty area. Goalkeeper throws/kicks the ball to a team-mate, who takes possession of the ball inside his own penalty area. Is this allowed?...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 4/5/2014

RE: Rec Under 15

Sean Kilgore of Whitwell, TN US asks...

Fellow Referees,

This is a scenario I recently encountered. A goalie received a direct pass from one of his teammates inside his penalty area. The goalie then dribbles the ball outside the PA, back inside, then decides to pick the ball up. I...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 4/4/2014

RE: PRO Adult

Bature Abdulahi of LOKOJA, KOGI NIGERIA asks...

Is it a cautionable (yellow card) offence for a player to move to the touch line and drink water while the ball is in play, if he did not interfere with play and did not leave the field of play. ...

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Law 13 - Free Kicks 4/4/2014

RE: Select, Competive College

Jason of Philadelphia, PA USA asks...

For a Under 12 or below which uses the 8v8 format - during a free kick what is the required distance of the defense?

Is it 10 yards or is there a modified rule using 8 yards as the required distance?...

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Law 5 - The Referee 4/4/2014

RE: Competitive Under 19

Craig of Sydney, NSW Australia asks...

A second ball from an adjacent field goes onto the field. It is in a position that interferes with play. What should the ref do? ...

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