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Law 11 - Offside 2/23/2010

Mark of Greensboro, NC USA asks...

I very much would like to thank Joe McHugh, Gary Voshol, Michelle Maloney, and Dennis Wickham for their informed, insightful, and thoughtful responses to my question. Your answers make perfect sense and clearly back up the decision of the official i...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 2/18/2010

Dave of Des Moines, IA US asks...

I find it difficult to memorize the restarts for offenses that occur outside of the normal playing circumstances.
Like those that include substitutes, game officials, off the FOP etc.
I'm sure there's a consistent theme or rule to these resta...

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Law 15 - Throw In 2/17/2010



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Law 13 - Free Kicks 2/17/2010

Paul of Roseville, CA USA asks...

On a restart who has to allow for the proper clearance of defensive players, the referee or the offense? Of course, unless the offense wants to try a quick restart. I had a player that later told me he was a grade 7 referee tell me that the offensive...

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Law 7 - Match Duration 2/16/2010

Matt of Toronto, Ontario Canada asks...

Hi Mr/Mrs Refs,

My question has to do with Law 7, the Duration of Play.

I was presenting for a group of instructors recently, and someone asked me 'what is the minimum length of a half time interval?'

My response was that t...

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Kicks From The Penalty mark 2/13/2010

George of Charlotte, NC us asks...

I'll try to briefly explain the scenario and how I handled it, as the center referee; a Red player in taking of a PK in the PK phase of the match, begins her forward motion just prior to my whistle. I attempted to quickly whistle again and did as she...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 2/10/2010

Kevin of Vancouver, BC Canada asks...

So the other day our guy has a breakaway, pushes the ball past the goalie and attempts to run past him. The goalie grabs our player around the legs and drags him down, while the ball rolls into the empty net. The ref applies advantage on the play a...

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Law 5 - The Referee 2/10/2010

Richard of Westchester, NY USA asks...

If an IFK is kicked (by your teammate)in the direction of your team's own goal and the ball is toached by your keeper (inside the pk area) before the ball goes into your own goal, what would the correct restart be?

Law 13 does not explain th...

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Law 11 - Offside 2/10/2010

Julia of Fakenham, UK asks...

No site that seeks to explain the Offside Rule actually explains what is meant by 'second to last opponent'!

What is a 'last opponent', even?

The last player you tackled?

The nearest/furthest away member of the opposite ...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 2/9/2010

Lori Arnett of Georgetown, Texas USA asks...

My nephew who players High School soccer in Florida, played a game today where a player had a hand ball in the goal box and was issued a blue card, suspended from the game and the team had to play the rest of the game a player short. I have never hea...

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