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Welcome to AskTheRef.com -- a Soccer Law Question and Answer site.

Providing answers to questions regarding soccer laws since October 11, 1999.


It is with great sadness we report that Keith Contarino is no longer with us having recently passed away to that great soccer pitch beyond! His effort and dedication to this site will be missed. Keith worked tirelessly to keep the site operational. His thousands of answers, occasionally sarcastic or witty not unlike his mentor, Chuck Fleischer, strived to always be correct within the laws of the game, to consider the spirit of those same laws and to encourage the questioner to think for themselves!


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After two years and many request - You Call It is back! Now it's your turn to test your knowledge in a scenario created by our panel of referees. If your answer is spot on we will publish it on our site! Good luck click here!

Law 11 - Offside 9/18/2014

RE: Rec Under 19

Dale Gray of Omaha , NE USA asks...

If the Goalie comes out of the goal box, is he the last defensive player for offside purposes?

We had a game where the AR didn't call offsides because the goalie was standing outside of the goal box. ...

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Law 13 - Free Kicks 9/17/2014

RE: competitive High School

Pascal of medford, ma middlesex asks...

Foul occurs, ref blows whistle to indicate the reckless foul and issue the caution/yellow card, but the attacking player puts the ball down and plays on (quick start).

Mechanic by ref: blows whistle, shows player yellow card, and at the same...

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Law 11 - Offside 9/17/2014

RE: Rec Adult

Thomas Nguyen of Garden Grove, CA United States asks...

First, please send my deepest condolences to Mr. Contarino's family.

Thank you, Refs, for your responses. I would like to twist the offside question a little bit: what if the goalkeeper punched the ball and it bounced directly to the aforeme...

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Law 16 - Goal Kick 9/17/2014

RE: 6 High School

Luis Castanos of Cranston, RI United States asks...

When a defender kick the ball but does not leave the box area from a goal kick and the forward who was outside the box but realize that is a short kick and steals the ball and score a goal. is this a goal or must repeat the goal kick because the bal...

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Law 8 - Start and Restart of Play 9/16/2014

RE: rec Under 15

David of LA, california USA asks...

hi all. my question is the offical restart in regards to an injury.

Say blue team has the ball and i blew the whistle because a red player is down because of a recent play. what would be the restart ?

Thanks...

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Law 18 - Common Sense 9/16/2014

RE: Select

Steve Fehlhaber of Westerville, OH USA asks...

A goalie punts the ball from the 6. The ball shanks off her foot and her teammate enters the 18 and begins to dribble the ball. Is this legal? If not what is the restart?...

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Law 11 - Offside 9/16/2014

RE: competitive Under 19

Bob of San Marcos, CA San Diego asks...

Is an attacking player in an offside position who receives the ball from a goalkeepers punt, guilty of an offside offense?...

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Law 6 - Assistant Referee 9/16/2014

RE: Under 19

adam wallace of sagae, yamagata japan asks...

great info as ever..

again on offside..
i was doing linesman yesterday and momentarily raised the flag on an offside player,and immediately dropped it as an onside player rushed to the ball.
i understand this is my mistake and i shou...

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Law 11 - Offside 9/16/2014

RE: Under 19

adam wallace of sagae, yamagata japan asks...

apologies for monopolizing but i have another offside related question..
at a direct fkick from left of centre ,attacker stood next to the keeper on the left in offside position.
keeper had full view of ball,if it went straight or to the righ...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 9/15/2014

RE: Rec Under 13

Scott of Santa Rosa, California USA asks...

My initial question was going to be about the correct call when a keeper loses control of a ball when there is a collision directly following the keeper diving on the ball. But after looking up rule and trying to inform myself more before asking the...

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