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Law 15 - The Throw In 10/24/2016

RE: Select Under 15

Steven of Madison, Connecticut United States asks...

Delaying Restart - Throw-in -
On a run of play throw-in a defender approached the player taking the throw-in appeared to divert away but hung his leg to interfere with the throw in - player taking the throw delayed a step and on his second attem...

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Law 13 - Free Kicks 10/24/2016

Stewart of Livermore, CA USA asks...

Here is the set-up. There is a ceremonial restart on a free kick from about 25 yards out. The attacking team has two players lined up such that either one could take the kick. The first players runs up to the ball, but instead of kicking it, steps ...

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Law 3 - The Players 10/24/2016

RE: Rec, Select, Competitive Under 19

Tim McMonigle of Seattle, WA USA asks...

For Kicks from the Mark, I know the team on the field at the end has to stay on the field to take the kicks.

But is there any rule preventing a player from being subbed on to take a PK during regulation play?


Tim ...

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Law 11 - Offside 10/24/2016

RE: Competitive Adult

Luciano Pilato of Valencia, CA United States asks...

To the referees that have received the new instructions on the changes of Law11:
For most of our home games, we get referees assigned from one local association only (I will not make any names and/or location references, as it is NOT my intention...

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Law 4 - The Players Equipment 10/24/2016

Steven of Seattle, WA USA asks...

Very strange situation happened this weekend that I will probably never have again. I was the center referee in a game and did not perform the pre-game player equipment check. The previous game I was on was running late, so one of my ARs (a state ref...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 10/24/2016

RE: varsity Adult

bob terranova of Tenafly, new jersey usa asks...

What is the restart if a foul (or misconduct) is committed in the penalty box against an attacking team player not in possession of (or near)the ball? ...

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Law 11 - Offside 10/23/2016

RE: Rec Adult

Russell of Sydney, Australia asks...

A question around line of sight while in an offside position.

In the recent Liverpool v WBA match "
the WBA goal was bit of a scramble, and i wonder ho...

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Law 16 - The Goal Kick 10/23/2016

RE: Select Under 13

Richard Patience of Missouri City, Tecas USA asks...

At a goal kick, if goalie kicks the ball directly out of play behind his own goal without the ball ever leaving his penalty area, is the correct decision a corner or retake the goal kick? Thanks!...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 10/23/2016

Brian of Brooklyn, NY USA asks...

Thanks gents-the reason I was asking is that I was wondering if a defender who is slightly behind the penalty spot but within sight of the kicker is permitted to move back and forth (or order to distract the kicker)

Thanks again for this gre...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 10/23/2016

Tony Diehl of Bedford, New Hampshire United States asks...

In a recent discussion about deliberate handling a more experienced ref recently asserted that what happens after a handling (i.e., where the ball goes) should have no bearing on the refs determination of whether the handling was deliberate. I under...

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