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How the VAR will work. Check out it, it's an interesting setup. They're putting a lot of work into it.

Here's a video on how they'll be doing the VAR line looks like, unlike what a lot of us see on TV, it'll try to take into account the head/chest/shoulder and not just the feet


And for explanation on what incidents get looked at

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You may be interested in seeing the high school or college 2018-2019 Rules Changes. They can be found at

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Law 8 - The Start and Restart of Play 4/23/2019

RE: Adult

S of Syd, Nsw Aus asks...


Regarding the new rules changes 2019/20 did I read right that there will be a change to the rule if the ball hits the referee it will be a drop ball to the team who had the ball last?...

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Law 6 - The Other Match Oficials 4/22/2019

RE: Select Under 16

Chris Payne of Suwanee, Georgia USA asks...

On a corner kick there was significant action and confusion in front of the goal. As the AR2 I saw the ball clearly cross the goal line for a goal. I know the proper mechanic is for me to run up the touch line to indicate a goal but nobody (including...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 4/20/2019

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


my question is about preventing the goalkeeper from releasing ball and preventing quick free kick. In both cases opponent prevents the player (or goalkeeper), but fails to hit the ball. Player (or goalkeeper) completes the kick.

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Law 1- The Field 4/20/2019

RE: Rec Under 19

Joshua of Grande Prairie, AB Canada asks...

How many flag posts are needed in a game?...

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Law 14 - The Penalty kick 4/19/2019

RE: Competitive Adult

peter Khozoei of Melbourne , Australia asks...

Law 14.
On offences and sanctions during the penalty kick.
' If both the goalkeeper and kicker commit an offence at the same time: if the kick is missed or saved, the kick is retaken (both players cautioned)
if the kick is scored, th...

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Law 11 - Offside 4/17/2019

RE: Competitive Adult

Peter Babbage of Hjorring , Denmark asks...

A player chips the ball in towards the forward who is in an offside position. As I understand it, if the ball brushes a defender, the receiver would be offside. If the defender stops the ball, passes back to the keeper to the forward , no offside. If...

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Law 4 - The Players Equipment 4/17/2019

RE: College team College

Arun Joy of Kochi, Kerala India asks...

I just want to know if i could use zero (0) as my jersey number for official matches?
Can you tell the rules regarding jersey numbering?...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 4/17/2019

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


I have one question about 'two fouls next to each other' please.

For example, this scenario: Defender fouls the attacker. The attacker does not fall immediately. He moves on. Then a second defender fouls him again.


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Mechanics 4/17/2019

RE: Under 18

don of houston, tx usa asks...

this is causing some debate on another refereeing discussion forum (this is fake name and location btw), would like your take

i tell ARs in my pregame and make every attempt to not contact the ball if it goes out near them. dont stick a leg ...

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Law 8 - The Start and Restart of Play 4/14/2019

RE: Adult

S of Syd, Nsw Australia asks...

What's the new law change with drop balls can it not be contested?

And also goal kicks please.

Even though my competition are still using the 2018 rules....

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