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Law 18 - Common Sense 9/3/2015

RE: Competitive Adult

Jack Smith of Sydney, New South Wales Australia asks...

I was having a look at the current Laws of the Game, and while it states that on a free kick, corner kick, goal kick, throw-in and directly from a dropped ball, a goal cannot be scored against your own team, it doesn't say anything about not being ab...

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The Technical Area 9/3/2015

RE: HS, Youth, Adult Other

Den Nelson of Auburn, IN USA asks...

What is the ruling on a Coach screaming at the top of his lungs 'instructions' to his HS Girls Varsity Team while they are playing?...

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Character, Attitude and Control 9/1/2015

RE: all levels Other

Mike of Lebanon, CT USA asks...

So on another ref board I apparently waded into a controversy when I expressed the view that I do not adjust my calls based on the score differential. Several objected to this view. I do use the score differential as a clue to behavior, e.g. is the l...

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Other 9/1/2015

RE: Rec Under 15

Zak of Dayton, OH USA asks...

Thank you for the replies. I wanted to add that the Forward was in a legal, onside position during these events....

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Law 16 - Goal Kick 9/1/2015

RE: Select Under 13

K Hinze of Columbus, OH United States asks...

I understand the that you cannot be offside on a goal kick if you are an attacker on team A and your own team is taking the goal kick. My question on this Scenario: Team B goalkeeper is taking a goal kick and team A player lines up just outside the p...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 9/1/2015

Jason of Wylie, TX USA asks...

So what then is your take on a player unintentionally handling the ball, but also gaining an advantage because of it?
I generally dismiss unintentional handling no matter what happens next. But I have been chastised by several coaches and even a ...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 9/1/2015

RE: Youth to adult, comp and rec.

Barry Stewart of Chilliwack, BC Canada asks...

It's interesting to see the panel viewing this situation in different ways: from Richard's 'keep playing' to Joe's seeing the protection as a deliberate act -- thus deliberate handling.

I suspect I'm known by some as 'the ref who NEVER calls...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 8/31/2015

RE: Varsity High School

Rick of Portage, MI United States asks...

This is my first year doing Boys High School and early in the season and the number of players taking dives and getting up yelling for calls is high. I've heard some refs say issue them a card for such blatant diving. I don't see anything that says...

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Law 11 - Offside 8/31/2015

RE: U14 CoEd Rec Under 15

Zak of Dayton, OH USA asks...

I have a question about a play that happened during my game last weekend. Here are the events that occurred:
Team B defenders are pressed forward setting up an offside trap. Team A midfield plays a long through-ball. Streaking forward on Team ...

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Law 9 - The Ball in and out of Play 8/31/2015

RE: 8 College

kevin of steamboat springs, colorado usa asks...

Recently i was reffing a u14 game. A player was given a threw ball and taken out by the goalie ( a foul on the goalie). The ball popped out and went directly to an attacking player who scored. The problem is (in fear of injury as the collision loo...

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