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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 10/23/2019

Ian Rogers of Wellington, New Zealand asks...

Earlier this season our centre back miskicked a clearance from outside the box and it flew back to our GK, who caught it. Clearly an unintentional backpass. However the (home) ref gave an IDFK, on the basis that while it was a miskick and unintention...

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Law 16 - The Goal Kick 10/22/2019

John (Iain) Doleman of Las Vegas, NV United States asks...

Response to answer 33726.

However, under the new LOTG once a ball is kicked and clearly moves it is now in play. There for what then is the restart....

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 10/21/2019

Mike Bookham of BIRMINGHAM, West Midlands United Kingdom asks...

If a goal keeper has the ball in their hand and go to kick the ball up field out of their hands is an opponent allowed to block the goal keepers kick with their foot at close range?...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 10/21/2019

Eugene of San Jose, CA USA asks...

Defender A is standing about 5 yards away from his goalkeeper. Defender B passes the ball back across the penalty area in the general direction of both the goalkeeper and defender A. Goalkeeper calls off defender A and picks up the ball.

My ...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 10/20/2019

Rob of Port Coquitlam, BC Canada asks...

'deliberate kick to the goalkeeper'

In a recent game, the attacking player tried to make a forward pass in the air, the defending player tried to intercept the pass (a knee high pass which was deflected by the defender's foot).

The ...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 10/20/2019

Chris of Salmiya, Kuwait Kuwait asks...

In a match between team red and team blue, during the match team blue player accidentally was elbowed in the face by a player from the red team.
The player immediately holding his face fell to the ground, and the referee continued the match for a...

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Law 11 - Offside 10/19/2019

Gary Robinson of Pleasant Grove, UT United States asks...

During a match where I was an AR, a player in an offside position was played a through ball about 20-25 yards in front of him. He started to move towards the ball but pulled up 12-15 yards short when he realized he would likely be flagged for offsid...

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Law 11 - Offside 10/16/2019

Ron Woodruff of Milford, Ohio United States asks...

Offside with a defensive play question:

Attacker (A1) in an offside position.
Attacker (A2) and Defender (D1) both attempt to play a 50/50 ball. A2 kicks it a split second before D1 kicks it. (A 'bang bang' play)
The last touch is of...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 10/14/2019

Joel Genove of Leesburg, VA United States asks...

Is a hand ball/handling of the ball outside of the box (not by a goalkeeper) restarted with a direct or indirect free kick?...

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Law 18 - Common Sense 10/11/2019

Jirka­ Strmiska of Brno, Czechia asks...


I thought so, the problem is that when the defender plants his foot in front of the ball, he stands on it with a lot of weight with no further movement intended. It's like kicking into a steel wall. (the defender is also in all kinds...

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