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Law 9 - The Ball in and out of Play 10/5/2015

Bret Good of Mission Viejo, California United States asks...

What do you do when you are not sure of which play kicked the ball out of play? ...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 10/5/2015

B Alex Camacho of Temple City, CA USA asks...

So in the game GU14 I did have one 'non-call' which in my opinion was justified but probably would be considered controversial. Good scenario so I thought I would share.....

The ball comes back into the defensive 3rd and a defender plays i...

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Law 14 - Penalty kick 10/5/2015

Robert of South Plainfield, NJ USA asks...

My player was awarded a penalty kick. After the referee signaled to proceed with the kick (by using his whistle), the wind caused the ball to roll off the penalty mark to the side. I'm not sure how far but at least one roll of the ball as it was visi...

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Character, Attitude and Control 10/4/2015

Jeff of Seattle, WA USA asks...

I have a question regarding the 'morality' of some calls you make or don't make

This weekend, I was an AR on a game and there was a loud parent behind me who was doing a lot of coaching from the sideline. I didn't care much.

But th...

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Law 6 - Assistant Referee 10/4/2015

Derek Levesque of Windsor, CT USA asks...

I have 2 questions. The first as an AR what would be the most important call you make all game long? The offside call or calling a goal.
Second could be more of advise to the referee. During the coin toss what is to proper question to ask? Wh...

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Mechanics 10/3/2015

Phil of Tarzana, CA United States asks...

I know you've answered this question before. But I still have problems with it in practice. I referee 11-12 year olds for AYSO mainly.

If there's a foul in the penalty area (say a trip), there's an immediate cry from the spectators. Now, ...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 10/3/2015

Simon of Toowooomba, Queensland Austraia asks...

This months YCI reminded me of a situation: I was AR, and the CR is a much more senior ref. The game was challenging, lots of sniping, minor late contact and complaints of get control ref and after about 30 mins the CR made an obvious decision to be ...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 10/3/2015

Aaron Speca of Virginia Beach, VA United States asks...

Sorry, forgot the link. Here it is ...

Original Question:

This one is more of a question regarding a potential scenario with a video to illustrate. I don't really have a question...

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Law 11 - Offside 10/3/2015

Eddie of newark, NJ USA asks...

Can you please explain the new offside rule regarding deflection of a defender. Example A1 in a offside position receives the ball from A2 but it was deflected from B1 would you call him off sides. Please let me know where I can get some training wit...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 10/2/2015

Russell of Sydney, Australia asks...

In relation to the player whistling and the follow up replies by the panel, I am 100% in agreement with all that has been mentioned, particularily dealing with this before it becomes an issue, not bending laws, etc., however, my point is, you can onl...

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