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Law 18 - Common Sense 1/28/2015

RE: Competitive Under 19

Amy Lloyd of Santa Cruz, California USofA asks...

In one of a recent showcase tourney, during a full-pelt run down the left wing midfield in own half a player is challenged legally for the ball by opponents tracking at sprint speeds when a ball from an adjacent field arrives between these players. A...

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Law 15 - Throw In 1/27/2015

RE: Competitive Adult

Amy Lloyd of Santa Cruz, California USofA asks...

Failure to move at least 2 yards from the point of a throw-in, is required by opponents. And a good referee will become pro-active and get the encroacher away before the throw-in. When an opponent who was less than 2 yards away deflects the thrown ba...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 1/27/2015

RE: High School

Joey Ingle of Tupelo, MS USA asks...

A forward attemps a long shot toward the goal (ball on the ground), the keeper comes out sliding feet first and gaines possesion of the ball half way between the 6 and the 18 on one side of the penalty area. The keeper has possesion of the ball while...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 1/27/2015

RE: Select Under 15

Gus Vandermeeren of GAITHERSBURG, MD USA asks...

Keeper has the ball but is (stupidly in my opinion) holding the ball loosely, just laying on the palm of his hand. An opponent is on the ground behind him, unaware of the situation, unaware even that the keeper is there. In the process of getting u...

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Character, Attitude and Control 1/26/2015

RE: Red Adult

Russell of Sydney, NSW Australia asks...

Thanks once again for your comments " this time to my follow up question regarding Senegal v South Africa (29126).

Like so many others, I ask questions so as to better understand the game and how to ref within it, and within your comments, a...

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Law 5 - The Referee 1/26/2015

RE: Competitive Club Under 14

Brian Holson of Katy, TX USA asks...

Championship game of tournament yesterday for U-13 Girls. Player from our team has a throw-in, while throwing in she has a bad throw, side line assistant raises flag. The referee does not see the flag and play continues for 20-30 seconds, side assi...

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Law 18 - Common Sense 1/26/2015

RE: NFHS High School

Ron of Kerrville, TX US asks...

An attacking player weaves in and out of the opponent's penalty area with the ball and is pushed down hard while one foot is in the penalty area but the ball is clearly outside. Should a PK be awarded? Likewise, if the player is clearly outside the p...

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League Specific 1/26/2015

Gus Vandermeeren of GAITHERSBURG, MD USA asks...

I was re-reading the USSF Advice to Referees (ATR) the other day and came across something that still isn't clear to me. It concerns a 'too many players on the field' situation that's not noticed by the ref until after a goal has been scored by the ...

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Law 15 - Throw In 1/26/2015

RE: Youth to adult, rec and competitive Adult

Barry Stewart of Chilliwack, BC Canada asks...

I've been involved in an interesting discussion at a British site, regarding throw-ins.

Scene: player throws the ball... but it never comes into the field of play. The ref notices that the thrower jumped off the ground when he was throwing i...

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Other 1/26/2015

RE: Intermediate Under 13

Phil of Tarzana, CA United States asks...

OK...I missed something. What is 'You call it'...

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