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- TEMPORARILY OUT OF SERVICE
I will be unable to deal with questions for much of the next week, beginning on Friday, May 10. I will get to them as time allows. Sorry for the inconvenience.
- USING THE SHOULDER IN A CHARGE
Question: I see a lot of players lowering their shoulder and then raising it into the another player as they make contact during a shoulder charge. Some refs call it a foul and others have said it is a legal charge. Is it foul for a player to lower their shoulder into another player during [...]
- TRADITION AT DROPPED BALLS AND OTHER RESTARTS
Question: I’m confused with some of these procedures. I was made to understand from the laws of the game that a dropped ball is a method of restarting game, that any player may challenge for the ball. And that the referee cannot decide who may or may not contest a dropped ball. Question: (1) Why [...]
- KNEELING THROW-IN IS ILLEGAL
Question: Is it legal for a player to take a throw-in from his knees? Where is this specified in the FIFA Laws of the Game? Answer (April 11, 2013): It is not included in the Laws of the Game. Outside the Laws of the Game, we are aware of only one document that FIFA has [...]
- HOW TO ABANDON A MATCH WHEN BOTH TEAMS WANT IT
Question: We encountered a novel (to us) situation in our last weekend of youth games. In a U-14B league game, about 15′ before the end of the second half, there was a reckless foul by a defender, followed by dissent, resulting in a send off for that player. The foul occurred in the defender’s penalty [...]
- NO WHISTLE ON MESSI KICK?
Question: Hello. I don’t know if this situation is already illustrated on this blog, anyway: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ui1DdvyAH6A Please, could you explain me why this decision was correct? And when the referee have to or haven’t to give a whistle signal to start free kick. Answer (March 31, 2013): There is no need for the whistle on [...]
- TREATMENT OF “INJURY” ON THE FIELD
Question: To clarify for future reference can you assist? A free kick is awarded, however prior to the free kick being taken the defending team have a player who has some dirt/mud in his eye. The player is on his knee whist the players request assistance from the trainer however the trainer does NOT enter [...]
- SOME TACTICS PRIOR TO A RESTART
Question: What is going on here? Why didn’t the referee caution Newcastle’s Steven Taylor for unsporting behavior in this incident? Answer (March 13, 2013): While the referee was taking an inordinate amount of time in dealing with the wall, Steven Taylor was playing mind games with the goalkeeper. If what Taylor did had occurred at [...]
- FUTSAL VS. OUTDOOR
Question: In futsal, can a goalie stand on the edge (but still inside) the box but then lean to cath the ball outside of the box? I know this is illegal in outdoor soccer but someone told me the rules were different in indoor. Answer (March 3, 2013): It’s the same answer as in outdoor [...]
- DROPPED BALL AND OFFSIDE
Question: I am an assistant instructor. My question is about offsides on a dropped ball. In law 11 it specifically states that a player should not be ruled offside if he receives a ball directly from a goal kick, a corner kick, or a throw-in. It does not mention a drop ball. In table 8.6 [...]