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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 4/6/2014

RE: level 6 Adult

richard barker of Flackwell Heath, Bucks UK asks...

A player makes a late challenge in the penalty area but after the attacker's shot has gone wide out of play. Is it a penalty?...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 4/6/2014

RE: Under 17

Daniel of Keller, TX USA asks...

Should a player's long hair just be considered part of the uniform?

I was defending a corner kick, and an opponent was making an unmarked run in the box. I reached out to grab some jersey trying to slow him down. I accidently grabbed his h...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 4/5/2014

Deemus of Stockholm, Sweden asks...

Goalkeeper has the ball in his hands, inside his own penalty area. Goalkeeper throws/kicks the ball to a team-mate, who takes possession of the ball inside his own penalty area. Is this allowed?...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 4/5/2014

RE: Rec Under 15

Sean Kilgore of Whitwell, TN US asks...

Fellow Referees,

This is a scenario I recently encountered. A goalie received a direct pass from one of his teammates inside his penalty area. The goalie then dribbles the ball outside the PA, back inside, then decides to pick the ball up. I...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 4/4/2014

RE: PRO Adult

Bature Abdulahi of LOKOJA, KOGI NIGERIA asks...

Is it a cautionable (yellow card) offence for a player to move to the touch line and drink water while the ball is in play, if he did not interfere with play and did not leave the field of play. ...

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Law 13 - Free Kicks 4/4/2014

RE: Select, Competive College

Jason of Philadelphia, PA USA asks...

For a Under 12 or below which uses the 8v8 format - during a free kick what is the required distance of the defense?

Is it 10 yards or is there a modified rule using 8 yards as the required distance?...

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Law 5 - The Referee 4/4/2014

RE: Competitive Under 19

Craig of Sydney, NSW Australia asks...

A second ball from an adjacent field goes onto the field. It is in a position that interferes with play. What should the ref do? ...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 4/3/2014

RE: Rec, Adult

Lucian of Doha, Qatar asks...

If the ball is in the air with a defender in front of the attacker,and the attacker screams ' leave it' or 'me' is it a foul???
If it is foul, where can I find it in the laws of the game???
Thank you!...

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Other 4/2/2014

RE: houseleague Under 10

Thenuri of Richmond Hill, Ontario canada asks...

hi i'm gonna be a ref in the summer and i am also playing for the first time in house league. I haven't done the exam or course yet but before that i wanna learn the basic rules first because i have never played before or i won't pass so can you tell...

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Law 4 - Players Equipment 4/1/2014

RE: Semi-professional Other

Ben of Newcastle, New South Wales Australia asks...

I play in the national premier leagues northern nsw division in the under 19s as a goalkeeper and I was wondering if I am allowed to wear trusox if the trusox are the exact same colour as my sock and taped together with the same colour tape? I wore t...

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