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Law 11 - Offside 5/24/2015

Cherokee of Van Nuys, Ca. USA asks...

Why is the player taking the penalty kick be allowed to touch,kick or head the ball for a goal?? If the keeper saves the PK and he puts it in, isn't he in an 'offside' position being the only player between the keeper and himself? In my opinion that'...

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Law 8 - Start and Restart of Play 5/22/2015

pete of floral park, new york usa asks...

Hi Refs,
watching a game last weekend play was stopped for an Injured player, the team with the injured player decided to give possesion back to the opposition thus kicking it back to their goalkeeper, the ref made it clear to all players it was ...

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Law 11 - Offside 5/22/2015

Norm of Wellington, New Zealand asks...

If a player is in an offside position, can he still be offside if he goes back into his own team's half of the field?

In a game I watched the other day, one team had all their players on attack, except for the keeper, and the defending team ...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 5/21/2015

Barry Stewart of Chilliwack, BC Canada asks...

Hmm¦ I guess I've blown a few back-pass calls, where I deemed it to not be a deliberate pass to the keeper, such as on a slide-tackle that knocks the ball loose but sends it hurtling toward the net, or a wild clearing attempt that sends the ball stra...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 5/21/2015

Eric of Adelaide , South Australia Australia asks...

The goal keeper at corner pushes his defender into the opponents striker while the ball is in play what is the correct restart indirect free kick or direct (penalty)...

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Law 4 - Players Equipment 5/21/2015

Mireya of Aurora, Colorado USA asks...


My question is can a goal keeper have long nails? My concerns are that if the nails are too long it might hurt when stopping the ball/ they would get in the way, also when putting on the gloves.

Thank you....

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Mechanics 5/20/2015

Andy of Burlington, Vermont USA asks...

A referee instructor at a clinic of ours yesterday recommended while teaching us game control techniques to employ what he called 'little lies' when dealing with dissenting players disagreeing with your foul line. According to him, players have a sho...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 5/20/2015

Phil of Tarzana, CA United States asks...

I have a follow-up question to something that Referee Ben Mueller said. With regard to persistent infringement, I thought that could only apply to an individual opponent, not the team. If a team targets a specific player, you would have to use USB,...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 5/20/2015

Brett Baker of Chesapeake, VA USA asks...

U10 Recreation 5-v-5. Blue defender near the goal line turned his head and raised his arms up over his head deflecting a shot on goal, also seemingly protecting his face, although the shot was probably going over his head anyway. It was an obvious DO...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 5/20/2015

Jay LaFountain of Coldwater, MI USA asks...

A lot of interesting things happened this weekend. I saw my first yellow card as an AR, when a U14 kid kicked the ball away when the other team had placed it for a PK. I saw numerous cards when I worked the U19 game, for all kinds of things, I beli...

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