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Law 8 - The Start and Restart of Play 4/23/2019

S of Syd, Nsw Aus asks...


Regarding the new rules changes 2019/20 did I read right that there will be a change to the rule if the ball hits the referee it will be a drop ball to the team who had the ball last?...

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Law 6 - The Other Match Oficials 4/22/2019

Chris Payne of Suwanee, Georgia USA asks...

On a corner kick there was significant action and confusion in front of the goal. As the AR2 I saw the ball clearly cross the goal line for a goal. I know the proper mechanic is for me to run up the touch line to indicate a goal but nobody (including...

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Law 1- The Field 4/20/2019

Joshua of Grande Prairie, AB Canada asks...

How many flag posts are needed in a game?...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 4/20/2019

Petr of Prague, Czech Republic Czech Republic asks...


my question is about preventing the goalkeeper from releasing ball and preventing quick free kick. In both cases opponent prevents the player (or goalkeeper), but fails to hit the ball. Player (or goalkeeper) completes the kick.

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Law 14 - The Penalty kick 4/19/2019

peter Khozoei of Melbourne , Australia asks...

Law 14.
On offences and sanctions during the penalty kick.
' If both the goalkeeper and kicker commit an offence at the same time: if the kick is missed or saved, the kick is retaken (both players cautioned)
if the kick is scored, th...

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Mechanics 4/17/2019

don of houston, tx usa asks...

this is causing some debate on another refereeing discussion forum (this is fake name and location btw), would like your take

i tell ARs in my pregame and make every attempt to not contact the ball if it goes out near them. dont stick a leg ...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 4/17/2019

Petr of Prague, Czech Republic Czech Republic asks...


I have one question about 'two fouls next to each other' please.

For example, this scenario: Defender fouls the attacker. The attacker does not fall immediately. He moves on. Then a second defender fouls him again.


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Law 11 - Offside 4/17/2019

Peter Babbage of Hjorring , Denmark asks...

A player chips the ball in towards the forward who is in an offside position. As I understand it, if the ball brushes a defender, the receiver would be offside. If the defender stops the ball, passes back to the keeper to the forward , no offside. If...

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Law 4 - The Players Equipment 4/17/2019

Arun Joy of Kochi, Kerala India asks...

I just want to know if i could use zero (0) as my jersey number for official matches?
Can you tell the rules regarding jersey numbering?...

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Law 13 - Free Kicks 4/14/2019

paul of albuquerque, nm usa asks...

On a free kick (in this case it was offside), kick taker doesn't ask for 10 yards. Defender stands about 5-6 yards away (so not close enough to tell the defender to back up) and when the attacker kicks the ball, defender stays at the same distance bu...

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