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It is with great sadness we report that Keith Contarino is no longer with us having recently passed away to that great soccer pitch beyond! His effort and dedication to this site will be missed. Keith worked tirelessly to keep the site operational. His thousands of answers, occasionally sarcastic or witty not unlike his mentor Chuck Fleischer strived to always be correct within the laws of the game, to consider the spirit of those same laws and to encourage the questioner to think for themselves!

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Law 11 - Offside 8/20/2014

RE: Varsity Boys High School

Reggie Delorenze of Cincinnati, Ohio USA asks...

Offside question:

Blue team clearly had 3 attackers running in an offside position (loosely marked by the defense) when a through ball is kicked. All 3 continued to run towards the ball. However, a 4th blue attacker comes sprinting from an O...

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Law 15 - Throw In 8/20/2014

RE: Adult

Steve of Maidstone, Kent UK asks...

Thanks for your replies to my question. So in summary, once a player has stolen more ground than the referee deems trivial (should be 1 yd), the referee should blow and move the player back. A turnover would only usually be awarded if a player or t...

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Character, Attitude and Control 8/20/2014

RE: Competitive Under 15

Aaron Speca of Virginia Beach, VA USA asks...

Thanks so much for your response! It is interesting to read the different perspectives and ways of looking at a play. After I submitted the question, based on some feedback from various players who referenced an earlier incident in the same game th...

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Law 11 - Offside 8/19/2014

RE: Professional Adult

Mike Spivy of Vancouver, Washington USA asks...

Thanks for the great feedback. I do want to clarify one thing though as it relates to the offside law. In this instance Fernandez (#10 green) was in an offside position, but when Urruti (#37 green) received the ball the offside is 'reset' and as lo...

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Law 11 - Offside 8/19/2014

RE: Competitive Under 14

Aaron Speca of Virginia Beach, VA USA asks...

Our team plays a very aggressive and effective offside trap, which of course leads to all kinds of situations that can be tricky to call. There have been three specific scenarios that have stuck with me over the past few weeks that I wanted to run b...

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Mechanics 8/19/2014

RE: competitive Under 15

Rob of jacksonville , fl duvall asks...

During a penalty kick, whay exactly is the 'skirt?' I have heard younger referees use it but that term did not exist (if it did they called it something else) when I went to ref school years ago. Thanks.......

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 8/19/2014

RE: select Adult

josh of Sydney, nsw australia asks...

Goalkeepers are allowed to bounce the ball and still deemed to be in control. I was informed by a referee on the weekend that the gk is only permitted to bounce the ball once otherwise they can be penalised for circumventing the rules of a gk picking...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 8/18/2014

Zluva of České Budějovice, Czech Republic Czech Republic asks...


Can be this situation attempt to trip an opponent? (slow motion is in time 0:40) Please tell me, when is this offence possible and when not.

Thank you!...

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Law 15 - Throw In 8/18/2014

RE: Adult

Steve of Maidstone, Kent UK asks...

If a player steals ground at a throw in, what is the correct course of action for the ref? I've seen the ref blow before the throw and wave the player back, blow after the throw and order the throw to be taken further back and also to award a foul t...

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Character, Attitude and Control 8/18/2014

RE: Under 19

rick ness of midlothian, va usa asks...

If a player punches an opposing player during a tackle and the Ref. and AR
some how miss the misconduct. Is it approiate for the player to complain to the ref. ...

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