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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 4/13/2014

RE: Adult

Scott McInnes of Glasgow, United Kingdom asks...

Regarding simulation. Can a player be yellow carded for simulation outside the penalty area or does this only apply if it takes place inside the area?...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 4/13/2014

RE: Rec and comp, youth to adult

Barry Stewart of Chilliwack, BC Canada asks...

Especially when dealing with inexperienced players, I often counsel them to use their own name when calling for a ball. This makes it clear for all involved¦ just good communication.

On another note, I was reffing a game where a player I kno...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 4/13/2014

RE: Club Under 13

Brian of St. Peter's, Mo USA asks...

Can a player let out a long yell while going for a 50/50 ball loudly to scare or distract the opposing player?...

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Law 8 - Start and Restart of Play 4/12/2014

RE: Select Under 15

Lance of Chula Vista, CA USA asks...

For lining up for a Kick Off, Law 8 states 'all players must be in their own half of the field of play'.

I've noticed in professional matches that the team taking the kick off will have a player with one foot on their half and one foot on ...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 4/12/2014

RE: Pro Adult

Ibrahim Ishiaku of LOKOJA, Kogi Nigeria asks...

Is it a cautionable offence by a yellow card for a player or players to pull-off their jerssies after the end of a first half while still on the field of play?...

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Law 16 - Goal Kick 4/12/2014

RE: Under 11

Bob of Louisville, Kentucky USA asks...

Law 16 says that all opponents must remain outside the penalty area on a goal kick, but what about defensive players? On the last game I did, I had 4 defensive players in the penalty area on a goal kick? ...

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League Specific 4/12/2014

RE: rec Adult

alex of richmond hill, ontario canada asks...

Not as much as a question but simply providing some information for Thenuri. Hope that I have not overstep my boundary as a visitor to this site.

The instructor of the referee course in Richmond Hill is usually carried out by Rick Singh. He ...

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Law 14 - Penalty kick 4/11/2014

RE: Cmpetitive Other

Dan Paolini of Eastampton, United States asks...

Not a question as much as a suggestion for windy penalty kicks on artificial turf. I carry a couple women's hair tie elastic bands with me. As a cradle, they can provide enough resistance to keep the ball from rolling in all but the strongest winds.....

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 4/11/2014

RE: rec Other

sal of chicago, il usa asks...

I know that dissent from player to ref is by word or action. If a player gives you, let's say after a call against him, a fixed long stare or laughs and shakes his head while looking at you. Can that be considered a cautionable dissent?...

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Law 16 - Goal Kick 4/11/2014

RE: travel competitive Under 12

janet of massapequa, NY usa asks...

The goal kick was being kicked by the middle defender. The defender placed the ball down with her hands in the appropriate spot, stood up, stepped back, then stepped forward and adjusted the ball with her foot. Then she stepped back and seconds later...

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