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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 11/28/2021

RE: Local Sunday league Adult

Maughan Nicholson of Hexham, Northumberland England asks...

Watching two professional matches in recent months, the defender has been penalised by award of a penalty for high kicking in the penalty area.
My view is dangerous play = indirect free kick.
Please can I have the explanation?...

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Law 18 - Common Sense 11/24/2021

RE: Junior Adult

Eunan McDaid of Donegal, Non-US/Other Ireland asks...

Hi, I was wondering if yous had any ideas on what would be an interesting dissertation topics in refereeing?

I am considering a few. including - referees using bodycams or should ex-players be referees.

Can you think of anything that would be a good area to cover?


Eunan. ...

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Law 17 - The Corner Kick 11/17/2021

RE: All Other

Derek of Cary, IL USA asks...

I am curious how much leeway is given in this situation. If the ball is judged to be in play by a sleight of foot trick, legally the defenders can steal the ball and run away with it. But no defender is going to risk getting cautioned for FRD or DRP just because he is not deceived by the trick play.
Would it be wrong to allow this if it happens, but also allow a more "traditional" corner kick if the team performing this trick backs out (i.e. returns the ball to the corner arc)? I feel like this trickery can give all the advantage to the attacking if it is done properly, the defense can only watch, and the referee is powerless to intervene....

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Law 17 - The Corner Kick 11/15/2021

RE: Competitive Under 15

Gary Robinson of Draper, UT USA asks...

I had a situation in my last game of the fall season that I'm still mulling over and questioning. I was the center and awarded the Blue team a corner kick. Blue #1 grabbed the ball and set it near the corner flag for the kick. I was focusing mostly on the penalty box as there was some aggressive jostling for position. Blue coach yelled "Blue #2, you take the corner!" Blue #2 ran over and immediately dribbled the ball towards the penalty area. I blew my whistle and indicated an IDFK coming out for green due to a double touch. Blue coach became upset and yelled, "SIR, YOUR SCREWED UP OUR PLAY!" I ran over to my AR who was on the same side of the field as the corner and asked him if Blue #1 had played the ball. He felt she had "..tapped t...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 11/13/2021

RE: Ayso Under 19

Gregory S Tardaguila of Redondo Beach, California USA asks...

I used to get emails from Thomas Bombadilla. It was a “what’s the restart?”
Attacking player with the ball is moving forward in opponent’s goal area. The keeper makes an attempt to challenge for the ball. He blocks the ball and it is still in play. The momentum of both players takes them both across the goal line into the goal off the field of play. The attacker lands on the keeper and purposely holds him down. Play is stopped and the ball never enters the goal. What’s the restart whether the ball remains in play or ends up in the goal by another attacker and how is the situation handled re: the attacker and the keeper?
I don’t feel there is an actual foul since the player incident did not take place on the field


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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 11/12/2021

RE: 7 Adult

Ray Sharman of Leicestershire, England asks...

As very often happens the manager tells his forwards to go stand on the goalkeeper at a corner so as soon as the kick is taken are they impeading the goalkeeper?...

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High School 11/11/2021

RE: Competitive state tournament quarter final High School

Will of Madison, Ct USA asks...

The goalie is holding the ball in the box when a player on the other team bumps into him. There is a confrontation that results in the goalie pushing the player as he walks away. Though the goalie only uses one hand the player goes fling in the air. What is the call? ...

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Law 1- The Field 11/11/2021

RE: Youth-Adult rec and competitive

Barry Stewart of Chilliwack, BC Canada asks...

In a game a few weeks ago, the corner flags on an artificial turf field were constantly getting blown over despite their heavy rubber bases.

I came up with an idea to tape down the flags a bit, to reduce the size of the 'sail.'

It worked very effectively. Any legal problem with that? If not: I recommend it! Rubber bands or hair ties would also do the job....

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 11/10/2021

RE: 7 Adult

ray JOSEPH sharman of broughton astley, leicestershire United Kingdom asks...

although at a corner kick there is a lot of impeding why do you never see a referee give an indirect freekick ether way ...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 11/10/2021

RE: Rec Adult

Bob Romano of Falls Church, VA USA asks...

During play a referee stops play to issue a yellow card for dissent to a player off the ball. What is the proper restart?...

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