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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 3/25/2017

RE: Amateur Adult

Brad of Edinburgh, Scotland asks...

An attacker is fouled by the defender with a late tackle. The attacker gets to his feet frustrated and pushes the defender in the chest with two hands (medium strength, not enough to knock the defender off balance) then turns around to get the ball. ...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 3/25/2017

RE: Adult

Samuel Joe Wusseh Okyere of Greater- Accra, Ghana asks...

just Last Sunday in Ghana, there was a game between two rivals that Hearts of Oak against Asante Kotoko.

in 82 minutes, Hearts of Oak striker shoot a ball out of the 18-yard box and Asante Kotoko defender dived in the box to block the ball o...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 3/25/2017

RE: Rec Under 13

Trent Futrell of Knoxville, tn usa asks...

Question concerning the keeper controlling the ball. Keeper was outside of the box and intercepted the ball from the other team and controlled ball with his feet. He dribbled the ball back into penalty box area and then picked the ball up. I calle...

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Law 14 - The Penalty kick 3/24/2017

RE: was a pro. Professional

andy elliot of palm coast, FL United States asks...

when did the rules for a penalty kick change? it used to be all players except the kicker and the goalkeeper only were to be inside the area until the ball was kicked. Now I see as many as 6 or 7 players inside. According to the rules almost every ki...

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Law 16 - The Goal Kick 3/24/2017

RE: Competetive Adult

Matt of Salt Lake City, UT USA asks...

During a goal kick, the kicker stumbles as he approaches the ball, and his foot strikes the ball and it begins to roll forward. Although it seems clear that the ball will not leave the penalty are before its momentum is spent, the kicker runs forwar...

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Law 11 - Offside 3/23/2017

RE: Youth Competitive Under 19

Nikhil M of Kansas City, Kansas USA asks...

Changes to Law 11 - Offside

An IDFK for an offside offense is taken where the offending player was at the moment the ball leaves his/her teammate's foot/body. That being said, if a long through ball is sent to an attacker who is in a offside...

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League Specific 3/23/2017

RE: Competitive Under 11

Dayne of Lincoln, California Usa asks...

In terms of rules, and laws,
Are they all based on fifa laws/us club soccer and rules no matter if your in norcal, cal north, ccsl, cysa, competitive, recreational etc

Im just confused and am hoping someone can clear this up if its all t...

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High School 3/23/2017

RE: High School High School

Rick Barns of Birmingham, AL USA asks...

a corner kick was awarded. The corner flag was in an upright vertical position and there was no wind and thereby stationary.

The AR held the top of the flag and pulled/leaned it over the end line and away from the kicker taking the kick. Th...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 3/22/2017

RE: ex pro Adult

Peter rodrigues of southampton, Hampshire United Kingdom asks...

When a player takes his shirt off during the game & gets booked but at the end of the game when they take there shirt of nothing happens. Can you explain please. Players can get booked after the final whistle, is that correct....

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Law 8 - The Start and Restart of Play 3/21/2017

RE: Recreational Adult

Jason Tom of Leesburg, Virginia USA asks...

If you kick the ball on kick off right after the referee blows the whistle. Basically you shoot the ball at the opponents goal and score on the fist kick is that a goal? ...

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