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To recover You Call it answers use the .. Articles.. link button 3rd top left. NEW YOU CALL IT for June 2019
Over the past 20 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 2019 - 2020 LOTG
The new Laws of the Game can be viewed here and will be effective from May 26th 2018

How the VAR will work. Check out it, it's an interesting setup. They're putting a lot of work into it.

Here's a video on how they'll be doing the VAR line looks like, unlike what a lot of us see on TV, it'll try to take into account the head/chest/shoulder and not just the feet


And for explanation on what incidents get looked at

Referee article of interest for USA high school
You may be interested in seeing the high school or college 2018-2019 Rules Changes. They can be found at

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Law 5 - The Referee 7/17/2019

RE: Competive Adult

Joshy estrada of Hollister , California USA asks...

If a fan is talking smack to ref and he ends the game to try to fight the fan and all the players then he cases the fight what happens?...

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League Specific 7/17/2019

RE: Recreational Adult

Andre of Toronto, Ontario Canada asks...

I am a convenor for a soccer league. I had a player make a racial comment to an Asian player on another team. He referred to him a couple of times as Mr. Miyagi from the Karate Kid which almost sparked a brawl. The player was eventually red carded f...

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Law 4 - The Players Equipment 7/16/2019

RE: Competive Under 16

Emma of Troy, New York United States asks...

Can you wear sticky football gloves as a goalie...

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Law 13 - Free Kicks 7/16/2019

RE: rec. Adult

Joaquin Donis of Plantation, FL usa asks...

I have never seen this shot. The attacking team is given a shot about 20 steps from the goal. All the defending team, with the goalie, lines up as if they were goalie. The whole goal is defended by the whole team. What kind of shot or foul is this.
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Other 7/14/2019

RE: Rec Under 16

Lynda Pollard of GRAVESEND, Kent United Kingdom asks...

Hi there
Advice needed if possible please. My son plays for a local team. At a recent fun day organised by the club's managers, for all the children at the club (8to 15 year olds), one of our referees sent my son off. The man is a qualified FA r...

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Law 4 - The Players Equipment 7/14/2019

RE: Professional

Hussain Jan Gramkani of Muscat, Oman asks...

Can a goalkeeper wear same color socks that his teammates wearing? I read 'fifa equipment regulations book' it was mentioned that goalkeeper's playing equipment must be distinguished. Is there any paragraph specific for socks...

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Law 4 - The Players Equipment 7/14/2019

RE: Professional

Hussain Jan Gramkani of Muscat, Oman asks...

If a player wearing white socks and black shorts. He has a long underwear which is white color and it ends in socks under shinguard. So the white sequence starts from ankle to shorts then black shorts. Is it allowed??...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 7/14/2019

RE: other Under 14

Chris Y. of El Dorado Hills, CA US asks...

Offensive player A has received the ball and entered the penalty area. Player A is barely inside the box, near the 18, and near the goal line and is playing with their back to the goal. Player A is shielding the ball and is stagnant with 2 defender...

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Law 18 - Common Sense 7/13/2019

RE: Competitive Adult

Jack of Castle Rock, CO USA asks...

Complicated one:
Ball is kicked from midfield by an offensive player to an opponent's goalkeeper. The keeper controls the ball with his feet from within the penalty area (he never uses his hands). He then dribbles outside the area, feels pressure...

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Kicks From The Penalty mark 7/11/2019

RE: PRO Adult

RUPAK RAI of Darjeeling, West Bengal INDIA asks...

It was the last shot of 5-5 penalty shootout. If the last shot is in the second team wins but the shot was taken before the whistle was blown and it was away from the goal post ie no goal..In this circumstances what should be the right decision? Pena...

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