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Pre-Game 4/24/2016

Brett of Sydney, NSW Australia asks...

Hi all,
I have a question about mechanics and teamwork with new assistant referees.

I have recently started refereeing matches with new assistant referees, who have assistant refereed a few matches. In these matches I have had a number o...

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Law 11 - Offside 10/26/2015

Derek of Cary, IL USA asks...

As an AR, should I raise my flag for offside if I don't know who touched the ball last, or if I can't tell that a defender 'played' it? I feel that the referee would have a better view of who touched it last, and would wave me off if the requirement...

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Law 15 - Throw In 4/23/2015

Jason of Wylie, TX US asks...

How strict should we be when it comes to throw-in procedures? More specifically with a foot coming up during the throw. It seems like I see a lot of refs in my area being over critical with this. To the point of telling me during the pre-game 'I'll w...

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Mechanics 9/9/2014

Jay LaFountain of Coldwater, MI USA asks...

To clarify this for you: The reason I ask how is because I know WHAT to do most of the time. I think WHAT to do is pretty easy with regards to the LOTG in a majority of cases, but find as an AR that HOW TO DO IT is the problem that comes up. I'm s...

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Pre-Game 3/22/2014

Gavin chadbone of Tamworth, Staffs England asks...

I am about to ref my first cup semi finals and will have appointed linesmen to help out. Could you tell me as a group the sort of things we should be talking about before the game. For example do you assign one of the linesmen to deal with subs etc...

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Pre-Game 3/21/2014

Thomas Winters of Fayetteville, NC USA asks...

im about to ref my first couple of games tomorrow morning. i have a U8 by myself then U12 jar then U6 by myelf. since im by myself for the first time and i cant ask anyone there, what kind of things do i need to do pregame? do i need to talk to the k...

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Law 11 - Offside 12/30/2013

Matt Brown of Palo Alto, California United States asks...

Attacker gains possession of the ball on his 40 yard line, and immediately advances into a scrum of at least 6 players in the center of the field. The defense has pulled all players up to the 50 yard line. There is a single attacker on the defense ...

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Pre-Game 8/2/2012

Harris of Someplace, Somewhere Canada asks...

What are a good set of pre-game instructions to give to ARs with regards to mass confrontation.

Some referees ask their senior AR to remain at their position to maintain and hold the technical area personnel and substitutes and prevent them ...

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Law 5 - The Referee 6/2/2012

tom of Lincoln, MA USA asks...

The hardest part of reffing adult women's league games is the player check-in. How can I do this quicker and get the games started on time? Players typically arrive just before the game is scheduled to start. Is there something I can do to help get t...

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Law 5 - The Referee 5/4/2012

Rob of Lodi, WI USA asks...

Looking for some suggestions on how to handle a coach who consistently makes the referee crew and the other team wait.

This is Wisconsin High School. This coach and team are consistently late for the pre-game meeting. It is done on purpo...

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