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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 6/13/2024

RE: competive Adult

Brian Casey of Newmarket, on Canada asks...

Is it possible to issue the same player two Red Cards in the same game??
The situation was as follows.
The player was issued a Red Card during the game. The same player when issued the Red Card verbally swears and threatens the Referee?? ...

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Law 15 - The Throw In 6/10/2024

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

Hello,

I have one throw-in problem, please.

Law 15:

- An opponent who unfairly distracts or impedes the thrower (INCLUDING MOVING CLOSER THAN 2 M (2 YDS) TO THE PLACE WHERE THE THROW-IN IS TO BE TAKEN) is cautioned for unsporting behaviour, and if the throw-in has been taken, an indirect free kick is awarded.

- If a player, while correctly taking a throw-in, deliberately throws the ball at an opponent in order to play the ball again but not in a careless or a reckless manner or using excessive force, the referee allows play to continue.

S1: The defender moves from 3 meters to 1.5 meters. The player does not interfere in any way except by shortening the distance. The ball is normally pla...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 6/6/2024

Crebs Crem of Zagreb, Croatia asks...

Thank you for your answers,

As far as I understand, if a goalkeeper stops the ball with his/her arms/hands, it is considered as a control and therefore the goalkeeper cannot handle the ball for the second time. If the ball is cleared by goalkeeper's arms/hands, it is considered as a save and therefore the keeper can handle the ball for the second time. Am I correct? ...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 6/5/2024

Crebs Crem of Zagreb, Croatia asks...

Hello,

The ball crossed into the penalty area by the attacking team, the defending goalkeeper punches the ball away, runs behind the ball, dribbles the ball with his/her feet a couple of times and grabs the ball again inside the penalty area. Is it legal or is it an indirect free kick offence? ...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 6/4/2024

RE: RETIRED PREMIER REFEREE Adult

Ibrahim Ishiaku of Lokoja, Kogi Nigeria asks...

Good day gentlemen of the whistle. QUESTION.
An attacking player is with a ball and an opponent player shouts (paaaass) and ask for a pass, the attacker with the ball now passed the ball to the opponent that requested for the pass thinking it was his team mate that asked him to pass the ball to him. What should be the referee decision if such happens in a match?
THANK YOU.
...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 6/3/2024

RE: Retired Premier Referee Adult

Ibrahim Ishiaku of Lokoja, Kogi Nigeria asks...

Good day.
A goalkeeper handles the ball out side his penalty area. What should be the decision of the referee?
When can it be a sent-off offence, cautionable offence or no offence?
Thank you....

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 6/3/2024

RE: Retired Premier Referee Adult

Ibrahim Ishiaku of Lokoja, Kogi Nigeria asks...

Good day Gentlemen in the house.
My question goes like this.
What should be the referee decision if a player deliberately throws a ball to hit an opponent for the ball to return back to him during a throw-in? ...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 6/2/2024

RE: Competetive Adult

Gabriel Barraza of Nogales, Az USA asks...

What happens when a player from another team threathens to shoot and kill you during a game?...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 6/2/2024

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

Hello,

one back-pass question, please.

These are situations that happen a few times a season but are never punished.

S1: The attacker comes from the side of the penalty area and passes towards the goal area. The defender kicks the ball to the goalkeeper and he catches it in his hands.

S2: The attacker is in the penalty area with the ball at his feet. The defender kicks the ball towards the goalkeeper. He takes it in his hands.

In my opinion, these are intentional passes. Why don't the referees whistle it? Considering the spirit of the game, I might as well let it continue. (they did not waste time, but prevented danger). In addition, opponents usually get angry.

I don't know ...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 5/31/2024

RE: Grassroots League Under 15

Stuart of Stirling, Scotland United Kingdom asks...

Is a goalkeeper allowed to shout at his defenders in order to organise the defence. My son has started picking up bookings in games for this whereas at start of the season he was able to alert his defence to threat without a booking. He is not using offensive language in any of his instructions, but as his team are not great at retaining control of the game he can be shouting instructions alot....

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