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Law 5 - The Referee 2/25/2017

RE: Competitive Under 19

Wyatt Redmond of Chattaroy, WA United States asks...

If a ref acknowledges a foul has happened but refused to call it due to it being the dying seconds of the game. ( 6' 200lb man tackled a 5'5 120lb female ) Are you legally allowed to file a complaint due to the referee breaching his contract of calli...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 2/25/2017

RE: Adult

Shaji of Shuwaikh, Kuwait Kuwait asks...

Hello sir/Madam
Referees can show Yellow card and Red card to Coach or officials? Or only players and substitutes?...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 2/25/2017

RE: rec, select Under 15

Gary D of nashua, nh usa asks...

The player in the situation I described was shooting and the contact caused the shot to go wide, also contact was more reckless than careless, so yes to foul?...

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Law 13 - Free Kicks 2/25/2017

RE: Intermediate Under 14

Phil of Tarzana, CA United States asks...

I have a related question. Suppose the GK picks up the ball about 3 feet from the goal line & just off to one side of the goal area.

Where do the defenders stand for the IFK?

Since the goal area extends 5.5 meters past the goal p...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 2/25/2017

RE: Rec High School

Salvador Flores of Indianapolis , IN USA asks...

I have a question about the pass back rule. So if a defender tries to pass it back to the goalie but an attacker closing on the defender deflects the ball back to the goalie, is that a pass back or not?...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 2/23/2017

Gavin of London, UK asks...


If a player gets 2 yellow cards or a red in a game but for whatever reason the game has to be abandoned (Lights, weather, ect)...Does the player serve his ban immediately or start his ban when the match is replayed assuming the match has ...

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Law 13 - Free Kicks 2/23/2017

RE: Competive Adult

Bill Shaw of Pinckney, Mi USA asks...

I have a question on a pass back to the goalie by the defending team. If the goalie is standing on the six yard line, is the ball place at this spot because it's where the goalie committed the foul?
This means the goalie and most likely his team...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 2/23/2017

RE: rec,select Under 15

gary of nashua, nh 03060 asks...

A player makes intentional hip contact from a 45 degree angle with arm in tight,without a clear attempt to win the ball...foul?...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 2/23/2017

RE: Rec High School

Salvador Flores of Indianapolis , IN USA asks...

Ok I have a question so there's an obvious goal scoring opportunity by one team and one of the opponent uses his hand to stop the ball from going into the net. It rebounds off the defender's hand back to the player trying to score and kicks the ball ...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 2/23/2017

RE: ALL Other

Bob Hansen of Crystal Lake, Illinois United States asks...

If a ball is going into the goal and the interference does not prevent a defending player playing the ball, the goal is awarded if the ball enters the goal (even if contact was made with the ball) unless the ball enters the opponents goal.


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