Soccer Rule Referee Resources
Ask a Question
Recent Questions

RSS FEED Subscribe Now!

Q&A Quick Search
The Field of Play
The Ball
The Players
The Players Equipment
The Referee
The Other Match Officials
The Duration of the Match
The Start and Restart of Play
The Ball In and Out of Play
Fouls and Misconduct
Free Kicks
Penalty kick
Throw In
Goal Kick
Corner Kick

Common Sense
Kicks - Penalty Mark
The Technical Area
The Fourth Official
Attitude and Control
League Specific
High School

Common Acronyms
Meet The Ref
Contact AskTheRef
Help Wanted
About AskTheRef
Panel Login

Soccer Referee Questions on Soccer Rules

Welcome to -- a Soccer Law Question and Answer site. Providing answers to questions regarding soccer laws since October 11, 1999...

To recover You Call it answers use the .. Articles.. link button 3rd top left . NEW YOU CALL IT for MAY is up. Sorry about the delay becoming hard to come up with new scenarios
Those who have ideas or articles please feel free to email with suggestions.
Over the past 18 years we have amassed hundreds of thousands of questions and answers but the LOTG have changed and/or portions no longer apply. Be SURE to reread the latest version IFAB 2016 - 2017 LOTG
The new Laws of the Game can be viewed here and will be effective from 1st June 2016!/document

You Call It!

After two years and many request - You Call It is back! Now it's your turn to test your knowledge in a scenario created by our panel of referees. If your answer is spot on we will publish it on our site! Good luck click here!

Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 5/20/2017

RE: Division 1 Under 14

Vic Beacham of Monash, ACT Australia asks...

A defender was pushed to the ground by an attacker in front of his goal, as he hit the ground he tried to kick the ball away. The referee awarded the attacker a penalty kick.

After the game the defender's coach sought clarification from the ...

Read The Full Q & A

Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 5/20/2017

RE: Adult

Brian Lee of Wishaw, North Lanarkshire United Kingdom asks...

if a goal keeper deliberately handles a ball outside the area but the play continues and the attacking team score does the referee
A) allow the goal to stand and card the keeper
B)disallow the goal and award a direct free kick and send keeper...

Read The Full Q & A

Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 5/19/2017

RE: 6 Adult

Terry Catigoudis of High Wycombe, Bucks UK asks...

I was asked a question..... a goalkeeper chips the ball out of the area and a defender heads it back to him - would that be allowed ? Would it make a difference if it was intentional or just a miskick headed back ?

Thank you


Read The Full Q & A

Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 5/19/2017

RE: Competive Adult

gerry of Dublin, ireland asks...

Recent match my son played, he is 16yr old playing a competitive match with a league appointed referee. The situation happened when our teams defender was tackled in his own box. The centre forward dragged our defender down and the ref appointed a fr...

Read The Full Q & A

Law 10 - Determining the Outcome of a Match 5/19/2017

RE: Kids amateur Under 14

John Doyle of Portlaosie, Laois Ireland asks...

Hi, looking for a fact/rule based opinion please.

Our team this week competed in a cup semi final second leg. The result of the first leg was 2-2.
We were the home team. We therefore travelled away to play the second leg knowing the ot...

Read The Full Q & A

Law 11 - Offside 5/19/2017

RE: Rec, Travel, Scholastic Under 17

Mike Hickman of Pulaski, Virginia USA asks...

To elaborate O1 starting running toward where the deflected ball landed and in my opinion would have been the first player there. It was a possibility he could have tripped and fallen (but highly unlikely) and so in my judgment, his being able to get...

Read The Full Q & A

Mechanics 5/18/2017

RE: rec Under 15

gary of nashua, nh usa asks...

Thank you for that great response. I have ejected 2 spectators over 7 years on my own accord (one after I had the coach speak to a disrespectful crowd area). Should I be ejecting spectators directly or having coaches do it?...

Read The Full Q & A

League Specific 5/18/2017

RE: rec Under 11

John W of Grandville, Michigan USA asks...

Can an U8 player substitute for a U10 team if the U10 team has players missing?

I am the assistant coach for my older daughter's U10 team, we had a game Friday evening and another game Saturday morning. We had a couple girls that were going ...

Read The Full Q & A

Law 11 - Offside 5/18/2017

RE: Rec, Travel, Scholastic Under 17

Mike Hickman of Pulaski, Virginia USA asks...

OFFSIDES: Two offensive player (O1 & O2) were on an attack...which was repelled. The defense was advancing the ball toward the opposition's goal when they lost possession and O3 gained possession. O1 and O2 are both in offsides position now. O3 takes...

Read The Full Q & A

Mechanics 5/17/2017

RE: rec, select Under 15

Gary of nashua, NH usa asks...

If a coach that you have asked to leave refuses to do so, is the only option to abandon the match? I once regretted not ejecting a coach for verbal mistreatment, fearing he wouldn't leave and continue to mock me in front of young players.I did howeve...

Read The Full Q & A Educating and Amusing The Soccer Referee Since October 11, 1999

Soccer Referee Extras
Monday, May 22, 2017

Recent Questions

Click Go to view all recently posted questions

Offside Question?

Offside Explained by Chuck Fleischer & Richard Dawson, Former & Current Editor of AskTheRef

Did you Ask the Ref? Find your answer here.

Enter Question Number

If you received a response regarding a submitted question enter your question number above to find the answer