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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 8/17/2017

RE: Semi pro Adult

Luke Morton of coventry, West Midlands United Kingdom asks...

So awarding a penalty and sending the player off would be incorrect? ...

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High School 8/16/2017

RE: 7 High School

Frances McDaniel of Shady Spring, West Virginia United States asks...

What should a official do if a player is on the field and has an earring taped. Get her off the field? I think it should be as soon as the official sees it.

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 8/16/2017

RE: Adult

Geoffrey Watson of Tai Po, NT Hong Kong asks...

In a previous answer you said 'A penalty kick can not be awarded since the ball is not in play.'

In a recent controversial call an attacker was challenged by the goalkeeper near to the bye-line. Just before the GK reached him the attacker h...

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Law 8 - The Start and Restart of Play 8/15/2017

RE: Under 8

Tom Smith of Tura, QLD Australia asks...

Player on Red team is about to have a shot, another ball enters field and ref calls for a drop ball, A player from blue team is about to kick the ball back to their opposition. I have many questions
1. Can a player from attacking team contest the...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 8/15/2017

RE: Rec Adult

Russell of Sydney, Australis asks...

The question from Jordan of Sydney does not specify which PA (not sure if done so deliberately), and so some panel responses are confusing.

Ref Dawson said 'If the two players are from the same team a penalty...' " but surely not if the fig...

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Law 8 - The Start and Restart of Play 8/15/2017

RE: Competitive Under 18

Aaron Speca of Virginia Beach, VA USA asks...

Soccer tournaments have started again and with them always come crazy situations! I saw both of these this weekend (no video this time as they were in games my kids were not involved in):

1. The tournament venue had multipurpose fields whic...

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Law 16 - The Goal Kick 8/15/2017

RE: Under 19

Jagira of Jhumaru, Andar pradesh Kenya asks...

My question is '. What happen if a goal keeper throw the ball to his team mate instead of taking a goal kick ' ?...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 8/15/2017

RE: Semi pro Adult

Luke Morton of coventry, West Midlands United Kingdom asks...

The ball accidentally strikes the defenders arm 6 yards with the ball on target but keeper is behind defender and defenders arms are by his side. Ref awards a pen and sends player off,right or wrong decision? ...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 8/15/2017

RE: Competitive Adult

Jack Smith of Sydney, New South Wales Australia asks...

Do you believe that the tackle by Shaughnessy on Piazon in the recent Leeds vs Fulham Championship match was legal (based on the scissoring contact delivered to the ankle)? It can be viewed here:

Not that it's a...

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Law 11 - Offside 8/14/2017

RE: Under 12

Jonny Gray of Gibraltar , Gibraltar asks...

Sorry, what about the fact the ball was played into his path by a Liverpool player? Even if he was clearly PIOP the original ball was not meant for him and only inadvertently put in his path via a Liverpool player?...

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