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Law 11 - Offside 10/17/2014

RE: Competitive. High School

James of Clovis, CA USA asks...

My assistant and I have a disagreement on weather an offsides should be called or not when a defender plays the ball back to a goalkeeper or another defender and if an offensive player cuts off the pass back when he or she is in an offsides position....

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Law 11 - Offside 10/17/2014

RE: Youth competitive Adult

Bob Dawson of Camarillo, Calif USA asks...

A player cannot be judged to be offside if they receive the ball 'directly' on a throw-in.

But ... if the ball is deflected, say, bounces off an opponents back, on a throw-in and is then played by a player in offside position, would they be ...

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League Specific 10/16/2014

RE: Competitive High School

Rick Moore of Weston, CT USA asks...

Is an assist awarded on a play where after the pass is made to the goal scorer, they have to elude a defender before scoring the goal. Player A passes to B. B is challenged by a defender or goalie, changes directions to elude the challenge and then...

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League Specific 10/16/2014

RE: Junior Soccer Under 16

Graham Byrne of Southport, Merseyside United kingdom asks...

Can you let me know if there are guidelines for referees at junior soccer to appoint linesmen?
I have been coaching for 6 years and always just done throw ins to assist the ref. in out last game the ref asked both managers to also do offsides as ...

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Law 9 - The Ball in and out of Play 10/16/2014

RE: YMCA Under 8

Conrad Prais of rutherford, nj usa asks...

I had an issue with parents telling me that a player that is out of bounds is not allowed to kick the ball that is inbounds. is this true?, My original call was that he was able to kick the ball regardless if he was inbounds or not because the ball w...

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Law 8 - Start and Restart of Play 10/15/2014

RE: College

john of Madrid, NY USA asks...

Can the referee penalize unsporting conduct and award an indirect without giving a card? (If, in the referee's judgement, the free kick will accomplish the desired effect as he feels the addition of a card is too harsh.)...

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Law 14 - Penalty kick 10/14/2014

RE: High School

Mark Sansone of Erlanger, Ky USA asks...

What is a PK is taken and the keeper saves the shot and the ball bounces back to the kicker and he kicks the ball again into the goal. Goal or No goal?...

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League Specific 10/14/2014

RE: travel Other

alex waserman of hillsborough, nj usa asks...

I was watching a middle school game and the nfhs was allowing substitutions on offside calls? Is this valid for NJ Middle School Play?...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 10/14/2014

RE: varsity High School

Peter Berkhout of Fairfax, California United States asks...

This is a more specific question re: LOTG ... there are many questions, not just this one, that comment about 'getting the ball first' not being an excuse for fouls that happen immediately after that.

Is there an opinion or decision or advic...

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Law 8 - Start and Restart of Play 10/14/2014

RE: Intermediate Under 12

Phil of Tarzana, CA United States asks...

Referee Dawson said that, if you catch the mistake during play, you could stop play, send the player off, & restart with an IFK. I could not find where the LOTG say that you start with an IFK. I would have thought that it would be a dropped ball, s...

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