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Law 16 - Goal Kick 3/1/2015

Jen of Camden, SC USA asks...

As a matter of trivia, our select coach has informed our players of an obscure rule that allows a defensive player to kick the ball out of bounds yet still be awarded a goal kick. The clue was 'it is all about location: look it up'. We have Google'd ...

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Law 14 - Penalty kick 3/1/2015

Peter Grove of Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire UK asks...

As well as the various points already made, it might be worth mentioning that the wording quoted in the original question has not been part of the Laws since 2010, when the current wording, as given by Ref McHugh, came into effect. ...

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Law 7 - Match Duration 2/28/2015

Steve of Liverpool, UK asks...


During a game I attended involving our reserve side. We are 4-3 ahead with a minute to play,The home team are awarded a free kick on the halfway line. The free kick is taken and lands comfortably in our keepers arms which then clears th...

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Law 11 - Offside 2/28/2015

John Arnold of berkeley, ca usa asks...

In the Man Utd v Sunderland game today, United had a goal disallowed for offside. It appeared to me that the keeper played the ball deliberately (it wasn't an uncontrolled rebound off him) even though it went to the opposition player. As such, was it...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 2/28/2015

Andy Weinstein of Jackson, NJ USA asks...

I just attended a Ref Recertification class and we discussed the interpretation of a 'deliberate' touch with regard to offsides. The deliberate kick by a defender can be a good or bad touch and if played to an Attacker in an offsides position, the A...

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Mechanics 2/27/2015

Barry Stewart of Chilliwack, BC Canada asks...

On the question of what to call, when you as the ref don't quite know who touched a ball last before it went out of bounds:

Richard Dawson recommended; '#5 we wait a brief moment to see if either team seems to claim it with no outcry of the ...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 2/26/2015

Steven of syd, nsw Australia asks...

Must the referee issue a caution when the ball is kicked away after a call for say offside? Can a warning not be suffice if its early in the match? Its seems a soft caution and never feels right.

I understand it should be dealt with if its d...

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Law 7 - Match Duration 2/26/2015

Lee of London, UK asks...

A penalty has been awarded. 4 mins injury time was added on and all 4 mins have now passed. The penalty is taken but keeper saves it but parries ball back to the taker who shoots and scores.
The referee awards the goal and signals end of play.<...

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Law 9 - The Ball in and out of Play 2/26/2015

Jose of Capivari, SÃo Paulo Brazil asks...

If the ref is in doubt about who last touched the ball, if the attacker or the defender, before the ball crosses the end line to a corner kick or a goal kick. What should the ref do?

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Law 14 - Penalty kick 2/26/2015

Matthew Altman of Malta, NY USA asks...

Does Balotelli's penalty kick fall under the acceptable definition of 'feinting'? It seems the he stops on top of the ball and causes the goalie to begin his dive before kicking.

Feinting to take a...

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