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Law 13 - Free Kicks 3/5/2015

RE: rec Adult

pete of floral park, ny usa asks...

hi refs,
when a team gets a free kick inside their own penalty area, can a player pass the ball to a teamate who is inside the pa or does the ball have to leave the pa before it's in play, i am curious to know if the rule for this is the same as ...

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Law 11 - Offside 3/4/2015

RE: competitive Professional

moses of KITALE, Kenya asks...

I recently got into an argument with my friends about the offside rule, if a defender passes the ball back to his goalkeeper and the ball is intercepted by a striker in an offside position who scores will the goal count....

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 3/3/2015

RE: competive College

Milind of Nasik, Maharashtra India asks...

Hello Sir,
Suppose a player is receiving the ball and the opponent calls 'leave its my ball ' and the player leaves it, is it a foul? Suppose during the corner kick, the ball has been delivered and the striker is just about to head the ball and ...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 3/3/2015

RE: Competitive Under 13

John Atkinson of London, London England asks...

Anyone see the Villa v WBA game tonight? Why didn't Agbonlahor get a penalty? The BT sport pundits are saying it was because he got his shot away before the keeper made contact with him. Since when was this a rule? Surely it was a careless tackle in ...

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Law 11 - Offside 3/2/2015

RE: Youth to adult, comp and rec.

Barry Stewart of Chilliwack, BC Canada asks...

The question of 'deliberate touch' by a defender in resetting offsides is a continuing debate. The video provided (by FIFA) doesn't really clear things up.

Yes, the attacker w...

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Law 11 - Offside 3/2/2015

RE: Intermediate Under 13

Phil of Tarzana, CA United States asks...

I must have missed seeeing this, but am curious as to the answer to the question that Referee Dawson posed. I don't see any follow-up questions to this one.

It would seem to me that Blue #12, who was previously tying his shoe, would be call...

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Law 7 - Match Duration 3/2/2015

RE: Intermediate Under 13

Phil of Tarzana, CA United States asks...

I'm somewhat confused about the answers. Referee Joe McHugh said 'The referee cannot change the facts of the Game or his decisions once the game has been terminated'. Does this include the decision to terminate the match?

i.e. if the refer...

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Character, Attitude and Control 3/2/2015

RE: Rec Under 9

Cayley of Evans, Georgia United States asks...

I am a USSF certified referee. I ref all age groups, but this incident happened with U-8 females whom I have been reffing for the past two nights. This particular coach caught my attention on the first night with his open challenge of the Laws of The...

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Law 14 - Penalty kick 3/1/2015


Peter Grove of Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire UK asks...

As well as the various points already made, it might be worth mentioning that the wording quoted in the original question has not been part of the Laws since 2010, when the current wording, as given by Ref McHugh, came into effect. ...

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Law 16 - Goal Kick 3/1/2015

RE: Select Under 15

Jen of Camden, SC USA asks...

As a matter of trivia, our select coach has informed our players of an obscure rule that allows a defensive player to kick the ball out of bounds yet still be awarded a goal kick. The clue was 'it is all about location: look it up'. We have Google'd ...

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