• Sample Pregame Instructions (Update)
    Here is an update to Gil Weber’s sample set of pregame instructions. Gil Weber’s Pregame Instructions Copyright© 1999, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011 January 2013 These pregame instructions were originally written in 1999, and then were updated in 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, and 2011 after International Football Association Board decisions and advisories from […]
  • LIES, DAMNED LIES, AND STATISTICS
    Question: Question about awarding an “assist” on a goal. If player A (from midfield, let’s say) makes a nice but short through-pass that sends Player B (a striker, let’s say) on a breakaway, and Player B has to take several touches to dribble close to the goal, and perhaps even has to evade a defender […]
  • GOALKEEPER POSITION ON PENALTY KICKS
    Question: Law- 14 penalty kicks. The Defending Goalkeeper As stated by the rules of Fifa The defending goalkeeper: • must remain on his goal line, facing the kicker, between the goalposts until the ball has been kicked. My question is does the keeper have to keep a part of their body on the line until […]
  • FOOT POSITIONING FOR THROW-INS
    Question: I am confused about the rules of your feet for throw-ins. Do you have to have 2 in completely or what? Thank you! Answer (October 14, 2014): Here are some illustrations of foot positioning that is allowed or not allowed. The shaded areas indicate where the thrower’s foot touches the ground.
  • KICKING THE GOALKEEPER
    Question: Hello, I am a U10 coach in CA. And recently had a game where our goalie was kicked four seperate times while picking up the ball,twice in the hand, leg and chest. I got a little verble by saying how many time are they going to kick our goalie before the Ref does something. […]
  • ESTABLISHING AUTHORITY
    NOTE: I do not remember where I got this item — and for that I apologize to the source — but it seems worth publishing again to remind referees that they need to ensure that everyone on the field knows who is in charge of the game. ESTABLISHING AUTHORITY Recently I lined an U15B game […]
  • UNAUTHORIZED COMMUNICATION BY THE REFEREE
    No question here, only a clear statement of Law, tradition, and common practice for referees, players, and coaches alike. 1. Players and technical staff are not allowed to communicate via any communication devices: “The use of electronic communication systems between players and/or technical staff is not permitted.” 2. Other than watches, notecards/pens, and whistles, referees […]
  • PLAYER REFUSING TO COME AT REFEREE’S CALL
    Question: I would like to know, if a player refused to walk back to the referee after being called several times is an expulsion for dissent? Answer (September 29, 2014): While it is common practice and tradition that the player do so, I can find no written requirement in the Laws that the player must […]
  • THROWING BALL IN OFF OPPONENT’S BACK
    Question: Player takes a throw-in, throws ball at opponent (not hard or violent) bounces off opponent, throw takes possession of ball. This was happening all game and I think thrower was intentionally doing hit. Can you help me? Answer (September17, 2014): This tactic, if performed as you describe it, is perfectly legal. U. S. Soccer’s […]
  • UNDERSTANDING WHAT THE IFAB SAYS ABOUT HEADWEAR
    Question: An instructor asks: Before we start teaching the recert clinics this year, I want to make sure I understand the change in Law 4. Am I to interpret “head cover” as meaning any type of hat (or other head covering) that the referee deems safe? I just want to make sure that it is […]
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