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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 6/15/2019

Taylor of Bedford, NH United States asks...

I had a player squat down and pick up the ball between his knees and being hopping down the field. I called it and awarded the other team an IFK but I am confused if the play was legal. Any thoughts?...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 6/15/2019

Matthew Gibson of Sydney, New South Wales Australia asks...

As a goalkeeper I charged out and punched away a ball that was crossed into the box. As I punched the ball away I collected the opposition striker who was half my size so he came off 2nd best. Ref gave me a yellow card and awarded them a penalty for ...

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Law 14 - The Penalty kick 6/14/2019

John J. O'Hara of Berlin, NJ United States asks...

Per today's game between Jamaica and Italy. I can understand why a goalkeeper must keep a foot on the goal line but why does the person attempting a penalty kick get to stop and/ or stutter-step? Seems more than a bit unfair. I'd like your opinion....

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Law 11 - Offside 6/14/2019

Doug Crawford of Oakland , California US asks...

Hello fellow refs. This offside was ruled not offside and a good goal after VAR in Womens World Cup Australia vs Brazil 6/13/19 at about game time 65:35 in the 2nd half.

It is about 3:50 in this video and this looks the same as what we saw...

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Law 11 - Offside 6/14/2019

Steve Hampton of Davis, CA USA asks...

I'd like to see a little discussion of the non-offside call in the Brazil v Australia Women's Cup match. The play is here:

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Law 5 - The Referee 6/13/2019

John Morrison of Middleboro, MA United States asks...

What is the penalty if the offensive player chooses to take a quick free kick before the ref blows the whistle?


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Law 1- The Field 6/12/2019

Mike of Ontario, CA USA asks...

Background: Soccer game on a multi-use field (football/soccer). Soccer crossbar is directly (one foot) under the football crossbar.

Attacker's shot is deflected by GK and the ball hits the football crossbar and the ball bounces down and the...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 6/12/2019

Peter Shaw of Paget, Paget Bermuda asks...

When the goalkeeper takes the ball in their hands, during play, how long do they have before releasing the ball. I know they can take as many steps as they want but often they seem to take a lot of time before putting it back into play. ...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 6/12/2019

Petr of Prague, Czech Republic Czech Republic asks...

Thank you for your answers.

I saw in low level league similar situation last week. Ref went back to the place A. He explained, that the ball touch was before the foul. Therefore the advantage is over. The foul came after.

I underst...

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Law 11 - Offside 6/11/2019

Russell of Sydney, Australia asks...

The potential problem with delayed offside calls when VAR is in use.

The recent Australia v Italy Womens WC match highlights a potential major issue with the directive to hold off on indicating offside, until a goal is scored or play breaks ...

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