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Law 13 - Free Kicks 2/20/2017

RE: Select Adult

Greg Kall of Hillsborough, CA USA asks...

Under law 13, Free Kicks, section 3 states that 'an opponent who deliberately prevents a free kick being taken quickly must be cautioned for delaying restart of play'

This is confusing in that there is a provision for a caution to be serve...

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Law 17 - The Corner Kick 2/20/2017

RE: High School

Larry of Danville, CA USA asks...

We have some pretty divergent responses on the question concerning an attacking coach trying to verbally fool the defenders on a 'fake' goal kick.

Joe McHugh: Retake GK with possible caution.
Gary Voshol: IDFK with dismissal.
Joe Ma...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 2/19/2017

RE: Rec Adult

Seb of Farnborough, Hampshire United Kingdom asks...

Can a penalty be awarded if the ball is safe in goalkeepers hands but a defending player fouls an attacking player in the penalty box. Foul takes place 2 seconds after the keeper got the ball....

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High School 2/18/2017

RE: Competitive High School

Kenneth of San Diego, CA US asks...

Is there some 'common sense' leniency applied when considering DOGSO for a Keeper? It just seems a little on the extreme side for a red card to be issued for a careless foul especially when it was because of a great play by the attacker to poke the b...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 2/18/2017

RE: Travel Under 15

Jim F of Pittsburgh, PA United States asks...

Here is another collision that involves a keeper:

It seems clear that both are playing the ball but the keeper gets the ball first and then gets kicked in the chest by the attacker. Both players are shak...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 2/17/2017

Zluvka of Liberec, Czech Republic Czech Republic asks...

Today in Ligue 1 (Bastia-Monaco) player stepped on an opponent's foot. Referee lets play continue. May it be good decision?...

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Other 2/16/2017

RE: Other

Holly Goldsmith of Chula Vista, CA United States asks...

Can someone hire a labor law lawyer like Bechara Tarabay ( for solving the issues related to sports law?...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 2/16/2017

RE: Rec Adult

Russell of Sydney, Australia asks...

DFK v a natural coming together.

In the UCL match between Arsenal v Robert Lewandowski (also know as Bayern Munich), the challenge for the ball that lead to a foul that was awarded to Arsenal resulting in a penalty, is one that I often see i...

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Law 11 - Offside 2/16/2017

RE: Rec Adult

Russell of Sydney, Australia asks...

For those interested, here is a good set of scenarios to test your offside evaluations.

The answers come at the end....

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Law 14 - The Penalty kick 2/16/2017

RE: Professional

kidane of Asmara, Eritrea Eritrea asks...

My Question is regarding Penalty kick.

why is that a penalty kick is is allowed to be kicked backwards.Instead it is allowed to be kicked forward to a team mate. ...

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