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Law 18 - Common Sense 4/29/2017

RE: Rec Under 13

Rand Skelton of Gilbert, AZ United States asks...

In today's game, a ball was kicked by opposing team and going out but hit a water bottle that was real close to the sideline before it completely crossed the line. One of our players picked it up for a throw in and the ref whistled the game stopped. ...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 4/28/2017

RE: Rec women Adult

Barry Stewart of Chilliwack, BC Canada asks...

On the 'playing in a dangerous manner' theme: in a recent match, I saw a player dribble through a few defenders with her elbows swinging up close to face level.

There was no contact and no one winced away. I've seen enough of this player to ...

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Law 3 - The Players 4/27/2017

RE: Rec Adult

Ryan of Letterkenny, Donegal Ireland asks...

Obviously I know teams can only have one goalkeeper on the field at a time, but what exactly is the rule stopping them from having two ? Say a team is playing and all their players, keeper included are wearing the exact same kit and gloves. What's st...

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High School 4/27/2017

RE: High School

Lexus Jaramillo of Fairbanks, Alaska USA asks...

Are NFHS refs allowed to deny substitutions even if there is no quick restart, both AR's have their flags up, and coaches are yelling at the referee for subtitutions? What are the reprecussions for that? ...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 4/27/2017

RE: Competitive Under 13

Aaron Speca of Virginia Beach, VA United States asks...

Can a 'high kick' dangerous play violation be considered if it is the knee instead of the foot that gets to the head level (like on this play)?

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High School 4/27/2017

RE: Competive High School

Lionel Heinold of Ephrata, washington United States asks...

During a throw in, on foot is clearly in touch and the other over the line on the field (not touching the line). Is this a correct throw in?...

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High School 4/26/2017

RE: competive High School

Mike Kirkmn of Kennewick, Washington USA asks...

While working a U-13 boys' match, a player committed a reckless foul for which i issued a caution, showed a yellow card. The player's teammates celebrated the card. I thought that this action by the team mates was a show of poor sportsmanship and c...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 4/26/2017

RE: Varsity High School

Aaron Speca of Virginia Beach, VA United States asks...

Scoreless match between two very good teams and these two plays had fans of both teams screaming HANDBALL! However, I think the CR made the right no-call decision in at least the first one. I included a slow-motion for each one.


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Mechanics 4/26/2017

RE: Rec Under 15

Trent Futrell of KNOXVILLE, TN - Tennessee USA asks...

I've been refereeing games for a couple years and I believe that soccer is a physical game and there will be contact. Any advice on how to judge if too much contact is going on? I try not to interrupt the game with a ton of whistle blowing unless n...

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Law 15 - The Throw In 4/26/2017

RE: Various Adult

Mike of Livonia, Michigan U.S.A. asks...

If the lines on the field are considered part of the area which they enclose, then why during a throw-in must the player's two feet only be partially on the line when the rest of the feet can be across it and on the field? If even their full foot was...

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