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Soccer Referee Questions on Soccer Rules

Welcome to AskTheRef.com -- a Soccer Law Question and Answer site. Providing answers to questions regarding soccer laws since October 11, 1999... Those who have ideas or articles please feel free to contact the editor Richard Dawson at mrref@asktheref.com with suggestions.

To recover You Call it answers use the .. Articles.. link button 3rd top left. NEW YOU CALL IT for March 2018
Over the past 18 years we have amassed tens of thousands of questions and answers but the LOTG have changed and/or portions no longer apply. Be SURE to reread the latest version IFAB 2017 - 2018 LOTG
The new Laws of the Game can be viewed here and will be effective from 1st June 2017
http://www.theifab.com/document/laws-of-the-game

Referee article of interest for USA high school
You may be interested in seeing the high school 2018-2019 Rules Changes. They can be found at http://nfhs.org/sports-resource-content/soccer-rules-changes-2018-19/


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Law 3 - The Players 5/22/2018

RE: Competitive Under 14

Eugene of San Jose, CA US asks...

Law 3 says that if the goalkeeper exchanges positions with another player while the ball is in play, the referee should allow play to continue. How should handling be called if one of them handles the ball while the change is taking place? Is it at r...

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Law 11 - Offside 5/21/2018

RE: Premier Elite Under 18

Eric Baughman of Mansfield, Connecticut United States asks...

Offside question - attacker with speed takes a shot which is rebounded. His momentum carries him off the field over the goal line. Goalie and a defender are standing on the goal line. The ball is shot again (while attacker is still off field) and reb...

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High School 5/21/2018

RE: High School

bob of los angeles, ca usa asks...

I am aware that sunglasses are not a part of the uniform and are generally frowned upon wearing as a referee. People generally assume that a hat serves the same function as the glasses, to cut down on sun/glare and that sunglasses may impair vision (...

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Law 6 - The Other Match Oficials 5/21/2018

RE: Adult

steven of seattle, WA usa asks...

What is the protocol for an assistant referee coming off their line to stop a potential/ongoing confrontation between players? I was AR2 on a game this weekend and two players started to get into it in the quadrant down the touch line from me. CR had...

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Law 11 - Offside 5/20/2018

RE: Rec and select High School

mary ramirez-de-arellano of damascus, maryland USA asks...

In the book 'Preventive Officiating by Randy Vogt' I just read the following:

'Even though players cannot be offside from a goal kick, offside could possibly be called if a teammate receives the ball directly from the goalkeeper's dis...

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Mechanics 5/20/2018

RE: Rec and select High School

mary ramirez-de-arellano of damascus, maryland USA asks...

I have watched many people play soccer and I have refereed it for 8 years. I have never played it.

I did get an E license in coaching but decided I preferred refereeing for a few reasons. I would like to know more about soccer from the coa...

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Law 6 - The Other Match Oficials 5/19/2018

RE: Recreation Adult

Francis of ESSEX, United Kingdom asks...

I was the defender, an opponent was picked offside by the Assistant Referee(5 yards offside). On seeing the offside flag raised in front of me,(being close to the line), I left the ball for my left back to take the spot kick and walked away.
The ...

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Mechanics 5/19/2018

RE: Competitive Under 17

Max of Maple Grove9, Minnesota USA asks...

Hey all,

Just got back from a 19 year old girls game as an AR.
The center ref had a more laid back style of letting the players set the tone and only calling the fouls where someone would get pushed down. Unfortunately, most of the fouls...

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Law 4 - The Players Equipment 5/18/2018

RE: Competive Under 12

Lilly of Menlo Park, California America asks...

So I broke my finger and I have a metal splint. I have a soccer tournament this weekend and I was wondering if I can play with the splint on and wrap it up....

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Law 9 - The Ball in and out of Play 5/16/2018

RE: Rec Under 16

George of Parangarecutirimicuaro, CA Sacratomato asks...

Red attacker is fouled (shirt tug) as he enters the box by the 18. Just when attacker seems to lose his footing, CR blows play dead. Somehow, attacker regains his composure right after the whistle and scores.

I know the play is dead since wh...

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