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Law 5 - The Referee 4/29/2016

Scott of ALTON, VA USA asks...

In various programs, I've noticed inconsistency in the number of officials managing the game. In rec AYSO, club / travel, middle school and high school, I've seen one referee only covering the entire field, two refs splitting the field and sharing du...

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Other 4/29/2016

Brad of Plymouth, Michigan United States asks...

My follow-up comment to the original question. I have a bit more leeway as a coach than a parent; I coach my son's (now U-13) team and have similarly encountered referees (often younger ones) who don't know the rules as well.

If I see gross...

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Character, Attitude and Control 4/28/2016

Mike Green of Woodbridge, VA USA asks...

During a U11 competitive game a player tugged on a shirt at midfield disrupting an attack. There was no advantage, and I blew the foul then stopped play to issue a warning rather then caution the player. The coach of the fouled team objected that I s...

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Law 11 - Offside 4/27/2016

Dan Tentis of Mandan, Nd United states asks...

A attacking player plays the ball to his teammate who is in a offside position while it is in the air a defender goes to play the ball and it goes off his head and lands at the players feet who was initially in the offside position. Offside yes or ...

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Law 11 - Offside 4/27/2016

Barry Stewart of Chilliwack, BC Canada asks...

Similarly, if the player had been 30 yards offside when a deflected pass came toward himŽ he could let it go out of bounds and immediately take the throw-in or corner kick.


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Kicks From The Penalty mark 4/27/2016

Randy A. Pew of Fairfield, Idaho Camas asks...

Keep in mind this is not a penalty kick situation, but rather the method to decide the match winner.

Recently, during a youth tournament, semi-final match, which ended in a tie, the rules stated all semi-final and final matches ending in a t...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 4/18/2016

Derek of Cary, IL USA asks...

Ref McHugh posted this video to a question, which got me wondering about a scenario:

In a similar situation, what would happen if the keeper punched the ball away while outside the penalty area...

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Law 13 - Free Kicks 4/18/2016

Shaun Broadhead of Heber City, Utah United States asks...

A free-kick is being taken around midfield. One defender stops about 8 yards away from the ball and faces the kicker. I tell the player to take a couple steps back, which the player does immediately. So far so good. Now about the same time or sli...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 4/18/2016

Mark Bukowski of Allison Park, PA USA asks...

To whom it may concern:

I have two questions about the Laws of the game and their application

1) Hand Ball - I was recently at a tournament where there were a number of incidents of hand ball that in the judgment of the referee(s) w...

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Law 1- The Field 4/17/2016

Stephane of Belleville , Ontario Canada asks...

Our school as a very small field. Not even required dimensions. With a ditch on both sides. Since the ditch is too close the school lined the field with the following measurement. Long 89yds wide 42 yds. Goal area 5yds and penalty area 12yds for a...

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