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As a result of contrived player antics due to recent law changes on Law 16 FIFA/IFAB offered this circular as an explanation until a final determination is arrived at. https://www.docdroid.net/LSio1Q9/circular-log-law-16-clarification-2019-20-en-draft.pdf
http://theifab.com/news/laws-of-the-game-201920-important-clarifications
Over the past 20 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 2019 - 2020 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 or college 2018-2019 Rules Changes. They can be found at http://nfhs.org/sports-resource-content/soccer-rules-changes-2018-19/
https://ncaasoccer.arbitersports.com/Groups/106254/Library/files/2018_2019_Soccer_Major_Rules_Changes_061118.pdf
http://nfhs.org/articles/eight-rules-changes-approved-in-high-school-soccer/




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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 9/16/2019

RE: U15 competitive Under 19

Jason C of La Crosse, WI USA asks...

Three questions arose at a recent game for me.

1) Center forward lingers around the edge of the penalty area and the keeper slams a punt off of him. I didn't actually see it, but turned around once I heard it. IDFK and a card for the CF. Th...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 9/16/2019

RE: Competitive Under 19

Gregor Gramlich of LARGO, FL United States asks...

I really struggle with the concept of 'protecting the goalie'. I had an incident this weekend where an attacker literally kicked a goalie in the head as the two were going for a low level bounding ball. But the goalie had not yet touched the ball. ...

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The Technical Area 9/16/2019

RE: High School Under 18

Jim Wood of Whippany, NJ United States asks...

Guys,

What are the rules for player behavior on the bench? Are players supposed to sit? Are they allowed to stand? Are they allowed to stand on the bench? Should they always wear neutral color top to stop contrast with players on the field? ...

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Law 4 - The Players Equipment 9/15/2019

RE: Adult

Adam Parker of Ferndown, Dorset United Kingdom asks...

Hi, I coach a group of ladies and some have their noses pierced. I have 5 in total. 4 have had these in for so long they can not take them out. Whether I agree or disagree with the ruling of accessories ie wedding rings etc. Is it right to stop them ...

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Law 13 - Free Kicks 9/14/2019

RE: Professional

Graeme purvis of LOCHGELLY, Uk asks...

There are new rules on opposition players being in the wall at a free kick.
Do these rules state where a defensive wall can be. It is normally within 10metres of the free kick, but that's a minimum distance. Can the defending team set up a wall 2...

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High School 9/14/2019

RE: High School High School

Peter Thompson of Indianapolis, IN United States asks...

When we are taking a corner kick we had a player standing in front of the keeper and the ref made them move. I have been looking through the NFHS rules and cannot find what the issue is?

Can someone clarify this for me

Thanks...

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High School 9/13/2019

RE: Grassroots High School

Lawrence (Laurie) Judd of Lovettsville, VA United States asks...

Defending team gets a goal kick. The keeper waits until all players have left the penalty area and then shapes up to take the GK. As he attempts to kick the ball, he slips and plays the ball just a few yards toward the penalty spot. Realizing that an...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 9/13/2019

RE: Competitive Under 19

Joe of Westampton, NJ USA asks...

A fellow referee told this to me and I had never heard of this and I cant find the answer online anywhere so Im asking here.

Situation: Attacking player is approx 20 yards from goal when the defending player grabs his shirt. The attacking p...

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Law 5 - The Referee 9/12/2019

RE: Pro Professional

Sean of Perth, Western Australia Australia asks...

In the Champions league Semi Final 1999 - Juventus v Man Utd. Dwight Yorke makes an attempt to round the goalkeeper Angelo Peruzzi however gets brought down, however a fellow attacker Andy Cole is on hand to score the goal. Is the referee entitled ...

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Law 8 - The Start and Restart of Play 9/11/2019

RE: Rec Under 14

Brandon of RESTON, VA United States asks...

I refereed my first game yesterday and ended up in a discussion about the new drop ball rule with the other two referees afterwards. The basic question being discussed was whether there were any restrictions on on the player receiving the ball on the...

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