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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 4/19/2015

RE: Adult

Alan Jones of Bristol, Gloucestershire UK asks...

why do refs stop the play for diving, surely they should allow play to carry on and then when the ball goes ut of play they shouls go back and book the diving player for simulation?

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League Specific 4/19/2015

RE: Pro Professional

Harry Burns of Macclesfield, Cheshire UK asks...

A player who has received 2 suspension periods due to the 5/10 yellow cards totting up process over the season is then sent off for violent conduct and suspended for 3 games. Will he receive any additional suspensions because of these?...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 4/19/2015

RE: High SChool High School

Steve Rain of Morris, Illinois United States asks...

A through ball is played into the penalty area. As the attacking player goes toward the ball (ball is approx. 1-2 feet away moving in the direction of the goal), the goalkeeper, without making contact with the ball, cuts down the attacker using arms...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 4/18/2015

RE: Travel/Club Under 17

Tony of Shelby, MI US asks...


We had a situation the other night were the keeper on our team (my son) came out to make a sliding save and assumed the trained keeper position. Leg up and knee bent to protect himself from the charging opposing player. Unfortunately ...

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Law 4 - Players Equipment 4/17/2015

RE: Competitive/Club Under 16

Harry of Clarkesville, Georgia United States asks...

I was wondering what the legal age for a player to have metal studs is? I play Classic 1 U15 and wanted to get a pair but I did not know what exactly the age requirement is for a player to have metal studs. I have asked previous referees and gotten m...

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Law 11 - Offside 4/17/2015

RE: Adult

Bryan of Brisbane, Qld Australia asks...

If team A have a goal kick and kick the ball into team B half and a team A player is in a offside position is it off side!!...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 4/17/2015

RE: Intermediate Under 13

Phil of Tarzana, CA United States asks...

I read the article that referee Joe McHugh cited by the USSF at

The article mentions benefit to the player as one of the considerations, but as ...

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League Specific 4/17/2015

RE: Intermediate Under 13

Phil of Tarzana, CA United States asks...

In AYSO, the policy IS for officials to get involved. Parents are told they can cheer only...not coach (even nicely). This is also in the 'Parents Handbook' for AYSO. So first we tell the coach to advise the parent (which the coaches usually appre...

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Mechanics 4/16/2015

RE: rec Under 13

pete of floral park, NY usa asks...

Hi Refs,
In a girls u-12 game a parent of one of the players kept talking to her about her positioning, what she should do when she had the ball, and when things didnt go according to plan he would get mad at her, and it was plain to see how it e...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 4/15/2015

RE: Adult

Chris Smith of Bristol, United Kingdom asks...

Hi there,

I play football in the UK at a Toolstation League level club.

Last night I was dismissed after the final whistle had blown following a dicsussion with the referee about a decision he had made inside the final minute. I dr...

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