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Soccer Referee Questions on Soccer Rules

Welcome to AskTheRef.com -- a Soccer Law Question and Answer site. Providing answers to questions regarding soccer laws since October 11, 1999... to ask a question simply click on Ask the Ref and pose your question and the panel will reply. Those who have ideas or articles please feel free to contact the editor Richard Dawson at mrref@asktheref.com with suggestions.

To recover You Call it answers use the .. Articles.. link button 3rd top left. NEW YOU CALL IT for Oct 2018
Over the past 18 years we have amassed tens 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 2018 - 2019 LOTG
The new Laws of the Game can be viewed here and will be effective from May 26th 2018
http://www.theifab.com/document/laws-of-the-game

VIDEO ASSISTANT REFEREE
How the VAR will work. Check out it, it's an interesting setup. They're putting a lot of work into it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdwOL08NfxQ

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
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCOK7-kc_8o

Also,
https://football-technology.fifa.com/en/innovations/var-at-the-world-cup/

And for explanation on what incidents get looked at
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pp431Y1Eqf0

Referee article of interest for USA high school
You may be interested in seeing the high school 2018-2019 Rules Changes. They can be found at http://nfhs.org/sports-resource-content/soccer-rules-changes-2018-19/


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Mechanics 10/14/2018

RE: Competitive Under 15

Ryan Brenneman of CHarlotte, NC USA asks...

Game today with my kids U15 club team. Referee called a foul out side the 18. Other team tries a quick kick. There was some issue immediately and he blew the whistle and brought the ball back. He then allowed the team to quick kick it again. My thoug...

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Mechanics 10/14/2018

RE: Rec Under 16

Doug Crawford of Oakland, CA USA asks...

Referee Jason Wright says 'they can ask the ref (most referees will answer'. I think I would answer a question about GK picking up the ball - a quick 'ok hands' or 'no hands', with some hand or head motions as well.

But would you give a GK ...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 10/14/2018

RE: Youth to adult, comp and rec.

Barry Stewart of Chilliwack, BC Canada asks...

'deliberately kicked to the goalkeeper by a teammate.'

There was some discussion about this at a ref meeting last year. I'll give you some scenarios and see what you think about them:

1.) A defender is on the ground in the penalty a...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 10/14/2018

RE: Comp Under 11

Paul of Sonoma, CA USA asks...

If a foul is called in the penalty area in a 9v9 match. Is it a PK from the spot? We had a referee who called a direct kick inside the box say it was not a PK...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 10/13/2018

Brian Kerrigan of Brooklyn, NY 11231 asks...

A defender and an attacker are racing back for a through ball. The defender gets to the ball first and makes a clear attempt to kick the ball (kicked very hard) out over the by-line. The kick accidentally goes toward the keeper who then handles it. T...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 10/12/2018

RE: Rec Under 15

Brian White of Palmer, MA United States asks...

Thanks for you insight into shoulder charges. In the video below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUCPFrOV8JM

you state that this is a legal charge.

Yet I see it as a pushing foul, specifically because the arm/elbow come u...

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Law 11 - Offside 10/12/2018

RE: Rec Under 15

Ryan Brenneman of Charlotte , North Carolina USA asks...

Referee Dawson states in the referenced question that for offsides, what the defender does is not taken into account. Example: striker is PIOP at the PK mark. Rt wing carries past theoutside last defender and turns toward goal. Center defender sees s...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 10/12/2018

RE: Rec Under 12

Ryan Brenneman of Charlotte , North Carolina USA asks...

Team is playing four defenders. Right inside D stops a long played ball. The offensive player who played it long is closing quickly. Player looks left and plays a slightly negative ball across the inside of the 18. Goalie takes 3 steps forward from h...

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Character, Attitude and Control 10/10/2018

RE: Adult

gary of nashua, nh 03060 asks...

Had an instance in a coed adult game in which a defensive thin tall player charged a very burley player from behind (25 to 35 degrees) with his head leading. Offensive player fell forward but kept ball, seeing he was near goal, I allowed play to cont...

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Law 13 - Free Kicks 10/9/2018

RE: All Adult

Eduardo of christmas, fl usa asks...

Please clarify the statement in LAW 13. Am I understanding correctly that the second bullet below would only occur if the free kick left the penalty area and then came back in? Also, it doesn't have to be deliberate, any handling would apply correc...

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