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Anthony Newhouse of Brentwood, CA United States asks...

The goalkeeper, while catching the ball, goes completely out of the penalty area into the penalty arc area with the ball still in his/her hands. How should the referee restart play?...

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John Nagel of Wilmette, IL USA asks...

I was CR, and had the following situation. An attacking player was fouled just outside the top corner of the penalty area by the last defender. I decided that the foul was careless (not reckless or with excessive force). I was comfortable that it ...

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Law 8 - The Start and Restart of Play 4/22/2018

Mark Fischer of Armonk, NY USA asks...

In a U14 EDP game, the referee mistakenly blew the whistle. S/he restarted play with a dropped ball 3 feet outside of the box to one side of the goal (not on the line parallel to the goal line). The question came to me whether the dropped ball should...

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Law 14 - The Penalty kick 4/22/2018

Gareth cope of York , Yorkshire England asks...

When a penalty is awarded in normal play where can the opposition players stand .
Clearly it has to be outside the penalty box and all players on both teams seem to stand at the back of the box close to the D.

Is there a rule to stop ...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 4/22/2018

James Maclachlan of Doncaster, Yorkshire United Kingdom asks...

I was watching a game on TV and the commentators cut to a retired referee to ask him a question about the rules following a controversial decision. He said that 'an opponent is not allowed to make contact with a Goalkeeper once both his feet leave th...

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Law 17 - The Corner Kick 4/22/2018

Graeme Wright of Bradford, United Kingdom asks...

I attended the (very enjoyable) Bradford (Park Avenue) v Harrogate Town game yesterday, & witnessed an incident that had me browsing for a ask the ref website - I landed here.

With the visitors automatic promotion hopes dwindling at 0-2 down...

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Law 15 - The Throw In 4/21/2018

Keith Goddard of Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi UAE asks...

Taking a throw in, the ball first lands outside the field of play then bounces into the playing area. Should play continue or should the throw be taken again or is it a foul throw and possession goes to the opposition?...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 4/20/2018

Jose Llopis of Vicksburg, MS USA asks...

The ball is kicked to the keeper by an opponent and the keeper receives it with his feet. The keeper then dribbles the ball out of the penalty box, kicks it back into the penalty box where he handles the ball prior to anybody else touching it. Is th...

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Law 7 - The Duration of the Match 4/19/2018

Jason lewis of Llandrindod Wells, Wales Wales asks...

Can a referee blow up from a throw in where the ball is still in the air and which has come off a attacking player and the ball is still the air and whistle full time...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 4/19/2018

Jiří Strmiska of Brno, Czechia Moravia asks...

So the striker advances alone on the goalkeeper, striker shoots and hits the keeper, and the ball bounces out of play, but the two players collide. Goalkeeper didn't really make the save, it was more like the striker hit him, and then got taken down....

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