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To recover You Call it answers use the .. Articles.. link button 3rd top left . A NEW ONE is posted each month check it out the May you call it . Congratulations to those who correctly answered April You call it! Phil Tarzana, Patrick Little, Alan Siegel
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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 5/25/2015

RE: Rec Adult

John of Bangor, ME USA asks...

Was coaching a game and a through ball was played in by team red. Team blue's keeper comes out to meet the ball and attempting to smother the ball with 2 hands. As he gets hands to the ball, team red's attacker bowls the goalie over and scores. Refer...

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Law 9 - The Ball in and out of Play 5/25/2015

RE: ECNL Under 17

DJ of Austin, tx USA asks...

If a ball comes from the field hits the crossbar and lands back in play is it considered 'out of bounds'?

My daughter had a game winning goal removed in an ECNL contest. Turns out the side judge that called played for the opposing club las...

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League Specific 5/25/2015

RE: Comp Adult

Phil Wearmouth of Umina , NSW Australia asks...

Midway through the second half we were awarded a penalty by the ref. Before it could be taken, a brawl broke out and the ref called off the game (2 red cards to each side). My concern is this. Shouldn't the penalty shot still have been taken? We ende...

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Law 11 - Offside 5/24/2015

RE: former player Adult

Cherokee of Van Nuys, Ca. USA asks...

Why is the player taking the penalty kick be allowed to touch,kick or head the ball for a goal?? If the keeper saves the PK and he puts it in, isn't he in an 'offside' position being the only player between the keeper and himself? In my opinion that'...

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Law 11 - Offside 5/22/2015

RE: Competitive Under 15

Norm of Wellington, New Zealand asks...

If a player is in an offside position, can he still be offside if he goes back into his own team's half of the field?

In a game I watched the other day, one team had all their players on attack, except for the keeper, and the defending team ...

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Law 8 - Start and Restart of Play 5/22/2015

RE: rec Under 17

pete of floral park, new york usa asks...

Hi Refs,
watching a game last weekend play was stopped for an Injured player, the team with the injured player decided to give possesion back to the opposition thus kicking it back to their goalkeeper, the ref made it clear to all players it was ...

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Law 4 - Players Equipment 5/21/2015

RE: JV High School

Mireya of Aurora, Colorado USA asks...


My question is can a goal keeper have long nails? My concerns are that if the nails are too long it might hurt when stopping the ball/ they would get in the way, also when putting on the gloves.

Thank you....

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 5/21/2015

RE: Semi pro Adult

Eric of Adelaide , South Australia Australia asks...

The goal keeper at corner pushes his defender into the opponents striker while the ball is in play what is the correct restart indirect free kick or direct (penalty)...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 5/21/2015

RE: Youth to adult, comp and rec.

Barry Stewart of Chilliwack, BC Canada asks...

Hmm¦ I guess I've blown a few back-pass calls, where I deemed it to not be a deliberate pass to the keeper, such as on a slide-tackle that knocks the ball loose but sends it hurtling toward the net, or a wild clearing attempt that sends the ball stra...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 5/20/2015

RE: Rec Under 19

Jay LaFountain of Coldwater, MI USA asks...

A lot of interesting things happened this weekend. I saw my first yellow card as an AR, when a U14 kid kicked the ball away when the other team had placed it for a PK. I saw numerous cards when I worked the U19 game, for all kinds of things, I beli...

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