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RE: Rec Under 13

Jimmy Kalert of Carbondale, IL Jackson asks...

During a tournament one of our players tripped an opponent in the box just before he could shoot. The opposing coach was demanding that my player be red carded. The ref said that it was not a dirty play or an intentional foul as my player made cont...

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Mechanics 12/19/2014

RE: Rec Adult

Sy of Milwaukee, WI USA asks...

Question about when a ref should blow his whistle for a restart to be taken: A foul is committed and the ref calls for a direct kick. Though the opposing team doesn't ask for ten yards, the ref begins telling the defensive wall to move back ten yard...

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Law 11 - Offside 12/18/2014

RE: Recreational Adult

russell Montgomery of Sydney, New South Wales Australia asks...

With regard to the offside ruling regarding deflections of a defending team player, I continue to struggle with various footage examples provided to show when an attacking player is considered on or offside.
In the FIFA examples from the recent W...

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Law 11 - Offside 12/17/2014

RE: Intermediate Under 13

Phil of Tarzana, CA United States asks...

I have a follow-up to the video at that MRREF supplied. I understand that the change in the offside law got rid of the confusing 'distracts or deceives' wording, but it also got rid of the wording tha...

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Law 14 - Penalty kick 12/17/2014

RE: AYSO Under 15

Scott of Pico Rivera, ca usa asks...

Let's say we have one of those oddball moments in Kicks from the Penalty Mark where the goalie blocks the shot and starts celebrating while, behind his back, the ball gets some backspin and rolls into the goal.

Suppose the referee is the on...

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Law 11 - Offside 12/16/2014

RE: College

Vasilis Machairidis of Agrinio, Aitoloakarnania Greece asks...

I want your take on whether the players on those situation are in an offside position or not:

Thank you!...

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Mechanics 12/16/2014

RE: Adult

Scott of Livermore, CA USA asks...

This is concerning the scenario where a defender handles a ball that was destined for a goal, and after the ball rebounds off his hand away from goal another attacker scores. Your reply was to play advantage, award the goal, and possibly caution the ...

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Law 8 - Start and Restart of Play 12/16/2014

RE: Rec. Other

George of Sacratomato, Parangarecutirimicuaro US asks...

I have been an AR for two games with similar 'infractions' and both referees made a different call.

Game 1: Referee blows whistle to start game, an offensive player is standing by the touchline crosses the midfield line and sprints at the w...

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Law 16 - Goal Kick 12/15/2014

RE: youth league Under 7

tim johnson of valdosta, GA US asks...

On a goal kick the ball was kicked and did not make it outside the penalty area; a player then picked up the ball and was called for a hand ball inside the box (free kick for opposing team); since the ball never left the penalty area my belief was th...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 12/14/2014

RE: Rec Under 11

Abel of Lynwood , California USA asks...

The blue team goalkeeper stops a shot from the red team and the ball does not go out of play the goalkeeper then throws the ball to one of his teammates the player that receives the ball is in a offside position is he offside the goalkeeper threw the...

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