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To recover You Call it answers use the .. Articles.. link button 3rd top left. NEW YOU CALL IT for Mar 2019
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 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 8 - The Start and Restart of Play 5/20/2019

RE: Elite Girls MA Under 16

Todd Nicholson of Norwood, MA United States asks...

In game this weekend I use a version of noted pregame talk and state that I want 'both teams to respect all free kicks and quickly back up to ten yards. Do not attempt to delay the start of a free kick by jumping up close to the attacking player.' 7...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 5/19/2019

RE: Competitive & Social Other

Michael Joseph Plaziuk of Orewa, Auckland New Zealand asks...

When is a nudge/lean in the back of an attacking player, not an offense by the defending player? ...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 5/18/2019

RE: Rec Under 16

Doug Crawford of Oakland, CA US asks...

Hi fellow refs - A drop by the goalie vs a bounce by the goalie?
When I saw this action by the Chicago Fire goalie in real time at the stadium I thought maybe the goalie might have let the ball drop deliberately, sort of like bouncing the ball, ?...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 5/17/2019

RE: Adult

Osman Tanburac─▒ of London, United Kingdom asks...

Wow! thank you for all the answers. I have now the video of the incident and i think i am obliged to share it with you. Here you go:

Hyped about your answers that will co...

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High School 5/16/2019

RE: HS High School

JIll Saunders of Carthage, North Carolina United States asks...


What is your thought regarding a 3rd round high school game in the state playoffs when score is 3-2, in final seconds there's a shot on goal (no other touches), as ball is in midair the ref blows the whistle to end game, the keeper runs ...

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Law 5 - The Referee 5/15/2019

RE: youth Under 15

Andy Colbridge of Edinburgh, Midlothian Scotland asks...

How long is the referee in charge after the game, can a referee send off a player after the game , what is the cut off point ...

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League Specific 5/15/2019

RE: Rec Adult

Jim of Hollywood, MD USA asks...

We have issued a red card and informed the player that they are suspended for next weeks game.

The game was postponed due to weather.

Is the player to sit the next available game or can he claim that he sat the one week and that i...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 5/15/2019

RE: Competitive Adult

Peter Babbage of Hjorring , Denmark asks...

I have become a little confused with what constitutes dangerous play. I am aware that some incidents may be a matter of opinion. For instance a player slides in studs first. Even if he gets the ball, surely it is still dangerous. The same with a high...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 5/15/2019

RE: Adult

Antonis Klidas of Athens, Greece asks...

In the recent cup final PAOK vs. AEK in Greece (Saturday 11 May 2019), there were two cases of penalty against PAOK:
1. In the first case, the ball hits clearly the hand of a PAOK defender. The VAR pointed this out to the referee, who eventually ...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 5/15/2019

RE: Select Under 15

Thomas of Citrus Heights, CA United States asks...

In my scenario there are two players who have been going at it a bit too aggressively with the arms and hands on 50/50 balls. They are both doing it equally and so I have not called a foul on them yet. I have verbally warned them twice. On another...

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