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Law 14 - The Penalty kick 9/16/2020

RE: Pro Adult

Muhammad Rizwan Khan of Abbottabad, Abbottabad Pakistan asks...

Can you elaborate this? Law 5 Injuries:

a penalty kick has been awarded and the injured player will be the kicker

Im confuse if a player is injured (in a penalty area) and recover soon he only can take the penalty or anyone of the team member can take the penalty or referee should prefer who will gonna take it.


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High School 9/16/2020

RE: U18/High School High School

Jason C. of Lacrosse, WI USA asks...

I'm struggling with away-from-the-ball confrontations that do not seem to rise to the level of violent conduct, and yet, in my mind, merit a caution. A typical example of this is a challenge on the ball, ball is passed out, and then after the play, the two players continue tussling, going chest to chest, lightly pushing, etc.

If the game has generally been free from this kind of thing, I might simply talk to the two players and/or call a foul on one of them. But sometimes it starts to happen in challenge after challenge, or it gets fairly serious where I need to intervene. In these instances, where there is no striking with the hand or head, or "the force used is negligible" in the words of IFAB, I sometimes issue cautions and c...

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Law 3 - The Players 9/16/2020

RE: Select Adult

Oyewole Idowu of Owode-yewa, Ogun state Nigeria asks...

What is the maximum number of red cards a team can get before a match can be postponed or ended...

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League Specific 9/14/2020

RE: Professional

Hussain Jan Gramkani of Muscat, Muscat Oman asks...

player is shown Yellow card once in match and second time ib KFPM. Can he play the next match or a suspention...

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Kicks From The Penalty mark 9/14/2020

RE: Professional

Hussain Jan Gramkani of Muscat, Oman asks...

after taking last penalty kick in KFPM (winning kick) player takes off his shirt and celebrates. Is it a caution??...

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High School 9/12/2020

RE: High School, USSF, NISOA High School

Andy Beare of Mansfield, Ohio USA asks...

If during a event inside the penalty area, a goalkeeper in advertently ends up sitting on the ball, is this considered “control”, or perhaps a dangerous play like it might be for a field player?...

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Other 9/12/2020

RE: Rec Under 6

Pamela OMalley of Estero , FLorida USA asks...

We just moved here and are wondering if there is any room on teams for my daughter 8 and my son 6. I know it’s late but I thought I’d try. They are really missing soccer.
Thank you.
Pam and Brendan O’Malley...

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Law 11 - Offside 9/12/2020

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


one offside question, please.

Law says:

Part 1: A defending player who leaves the field of play without the referee’s
permission shall be considered to be on the goal line or touchline for the
purposes of offside until the next stoppage in play or until the defending team has played the ball towards the halfway line and it is outside its penalty area.

Part 2: An attacking player may step or stay off the field of play not to be involved in active play. If the player re-enters from the goal line and becomes involved in play before the next stoppage in play or the defending team has played the ball towards the halfway line and it is outside its penalty area, the player
shall be ...

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Law 11 - Offside 9/10/2020

RE: Competitive Adult

George of Adelaide , South Australia Australia asks...

I was seeking your opinion on an incident in a recent state league game here the other weekend. I was an AR. But not involved in the action

Following a drive down the mid line of the pitch the player with the ball had reached the top of the penalty box almost directly in front of the goal. He was almost completely surrounded by defenders. There was a Player in an offside position Directly in front and within about three metres of the player with the ball. The player with the ball managed somehow to kick the ball through the defenders straight at the PIOP.

The PIOP knew he was offside and tried to back away from the ball. He put his hands over his head and turned away. However as he did so a defender pushed him over t...

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Law 16 - The Goal Kick 8/30/2020

Luka Barisic of USA, USA asks...

I'm distraught over new goal kick rules. What pains me the most is seeing a goalkeeper play a high ball to a nearby teammate who heads it back to goalie who catches it. Shouldn't that be whistled for indirect free kick?

Kindly reply here. You may publish everything at the website, including my full name, but I probably won't see it and that would be a shame.

Luka Barisic...

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