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Kicks From The Penalty mark 4/27/2016

RE: Competitive Under 15

Randy A. Pew of Fairfield, Idaho Camas asks...

Keep in mind this is not a penalty kick situation, but rather the method to decide the match winner.

Recently, during a youth tournament, semi-final match, which ended in a tie, the rules stated all semi-final and final matches ending in a t...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 4/27/2016

RE: Intermediate Under 13

Phil of Tarzana, CA United States asks...

As a practical matter, the referee usually doesn't know if there's a PIOP because the AR won't flag it until the PIOP affects play & the referee is focused on the play near the ball. The fouled player probably won't realize it either.

If th...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 4/27/2016

RE: Youth to adult, comp and rec.

Barry Stewart of Chilliwack, BC Canada asks...

Reffing a women's rec game. Attacker is stood still, shielding the ball against a defender who is blocking her best path to the goal. Players are a good yard apart.

Attacker leaves the ball and takes an extra step to firmly shoulder the def...

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Law 11 - Offside 4/27/2016

RE: Youth to adult, comp and rec.

Barry Stewart of Chilliwack, BC Canada asks...

Similarly, if the player had been 30 yards offside when a deflected pass came toward himŽ he could let it go out of bounds and immediately take the throw-in or corner kick.


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Law 13 - Free Kicks 4/27/2016

RE: Competive High School

Clint of Erie, PA USA asks...

The ref awarded a direct kick after a foul. When she was setting the wall the team taking the kick moved the ball forward. The defending team pointed it out and she asked her AR who confirmed the ball was moved. She moved the ball back about 2yds,...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 4/27/2016

RE: Rec Under 19

Peter of Stockton, CA USA asks...


My U19 boys team was playing a game that had just started, about 3 or 4 minutes into the game. My player committed a foul for a harsh tackle (to me the tackle was appropriate for the age level). The referee gave my player a yellow. Side n...

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Law 5 - The Referee 4/26/2016

RE: cat-2 Adult

john nongsiej of shillong, meghalaya india asks...

if a player from team A is foul and the referee was applying advantage but his teammate A was offside .What decision should the ref give Foul or Offside?...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 4/26/2016

RE: Middle School Under 15

DC Soccer of Brownsville, VA USA asks...

Player 1 punches then slaps Player 2 in the face after losing the ball during open play. Player 2 stumbles back for a second then responds by grabbing the front to Player 1 jersey with both hands but does not strike her.

Ref issues YC to bo...

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Other 4/26/2016

RE: Comp

Brendan of Folsom, CA US asks...

As fans of the game, we are often spectators where all we want to do is sit back and watch the game.
As a referee, I cannot help but also watch (and hopefully learn from) referees as they go about their duties.
Lately, in my circle, I've seen...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 4/26/2016

RE: Rec College

Imran Senlik of champaign, il USA asks...

Dear Mr. Refs,
There was a play in our Intramural soccer game, follows the NFHS rules. The play was a through ball from midfield to the edge of the PK box, the forward took a touch which brought the ball into the PK box. At this point our defende...

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