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Law 11 - Offside 6/23/2016

RE: Rec Adult

Nick of Peterborough, Ontario Canada asks...

While I was reffing an old timers game I came across a situation where the defending player who was under pressure in his own end plays the ball back (likely to his keeper) however he kicks it into a crowd of three players (mix of attacking/defending...

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Kicks From The Penalty mark 6/23/2016

RE: High end competitive youth Under 19

Michael S of redwood city, California United States asks...

When taking kicks from the mark to determine a winner. Goalie comes off the line too early and is cautioned. Later, he does the same thing and is cautioned again, which now results in an ejection. When does the opposing team have to reduce the num...

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Law 9 - The Ball in and out of Play 6/23/2016

RE: Youth to adult, comp and rec.

Barry Stewart of Chilliwack, BC Canada asks...

Situation: late in a close game, the attacker takes a shot just as a defender leaps in the way to block it.

The shot is going wide anyway but the referee and shooter both see the ball contact the defender's loose jersey, dangling out behind ...

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Law 14 - Penalty kick 6/21/2016

RE: rec Adult

Russell of Sydney, Australia asks...

What point is there of goal line assistants if they don't do as required.
Today's Spain / Croatia match had a penalty awarded to Spain.
As soft as the penalty was, I question why the goal line assistant did not call the keeper clearly movin...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 6/20/2016

RE: Rec Adult

Russell of Sydney, Australia asks...

Keen to hear your thoughts on the penalty awarded in the Sporting Kansas City v FC Dallas match just played.

The footage I have seen is not close nor clear, however, it looks like a dive, but hen, the defenders don't seem to upset about the ...

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Law 11 - Offside 6/20/2016

RE: Competitive Under 13

Jeff of Canmore, Alberta Canada asks...

Offense player crosses centre, approaching the offside line. Another offensive player is on the goal side of offside line, in on offside position. Player carrying the ball takes a long shot on goal, and the goalkeeper plays the ball, with a deflectio...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 6/20/2016

RE: Competitive Under 13

Fred of Seaville, NJ USA asks...

Can a goalie who plays a ball with his foot in the penalty area, dribble the ball out of the penalty area, back into the penalty area and pick the ball up with his hands?...

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Other 6/19/2016

RE: Intermediate Under 13

Phil of Tarzana, CA United States asks...

Thanks to both of you for the clarification. It does make sense to me now, although, as you've said, it would be extremely rare. Perhaps, in the last few seconds where the losing team is desperate on a corner kick & pulls their GK to try for a head...

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Law 15 - Throw In 6/19/2016

RE: Club Based Ref Adult

Warren Mackie of Auckland, New Zealand asks...

During the throw in is it illegal to spin the ball? I constantly have players asking for a foul throw when the ball spins in the air, most of the time this is just a result of the wind or a slight spin on the ball when it leaves the hands which i bel...

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Law 11 - Offside 6/19/2016

RE: Rec Adult

Anna Sanchez of Sierra Vista, Arizona USA asks...

If an attacking player kicks the ball to another player who is onside when the ball is kicked, but the ball deflects off of another attacker to the receiving player who is now in an offside position. Are they offside or is the call taken from when th...

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