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  • WHEN IS A SLIDE TACKLE LEGAL OR ILLEGAL?
    Question: I have difficulty at times recognizing a slide tackle that is a foul versus a legal one. Can you please give some guidance of what to look for and how I can be better at calling a foul on a hard tackle? Sometimes good tackles cause a player to fall so please help me […]
  • NUMBER OF CHANGES TO BE PROPOSED FOR THE LAWS OF THE GAME
    Link to proposed changes, not yet approved by the IFAB or even officially accepted http://www.cbc.ca/sports/soccer/soccer-body-rules-overhaul-fifa-1.3395430
  • RED, YELLOW, OR NOTHING?
    A most useful item. http://refereeingworld.blogspot.co.uk/2015/11/ruiz-yellow-red-or-nothing.html?
  • DETERMINING THE RESTART WHEN AN OUTSIDE AGENT ENTERS THE FIELD
    Question: Before the ball enters the goal from an attacking player’s shot, a spectator enters the field of play and slightly touches the ball with his hand but does not manage to stop the goal. What decision should the referee make? Answer (November 15, 2015): In such cases, the referee must follow the guidance on […]
  • IFAB CIRCULAR NO. 3, 17 JULY 2015: ADDITIONAL GUIDANCE ON OFFSIDE
    To all football associations, confederations and FIFA Circular no. 3 Zurich, 17 July 2015 SEC/2015-C051/bru ADDITIONAL GUIDANCE ON LAW 11 – OFFSIDE Dear Sir or Madam, Following requests from a number of football associations and confederations regarding offside, The IFAB would like to provide additional clarification and/or guidance relating to the definition of the offside […]
  • USSF RECOMMENDATIONS FOR REFEREE SKIN CARE
    http://www.ussoccer.com/stories/2015/07/20/14/23/150720-referee-new-skin-care-guidelines Referee Health and Safety As part of U.S. Soccer’s commitment to health and safety, our medical and referee experts have prepared the following recommendations for the referee community and incorporated them into our referee education materials. In the interest of health and safety, U.S. Soccer recommends that match officials practice the following skin care […]
  • CONTINUING FOULS AND MORE
    Question: I was curious about the free kick foul in last night’s USA-GER game in which the referee awarded the U.S. a penalty kick. Is there an interpretation of the German defender’s foul as “continuing” as Alex Morgan entered the penalty area? The defender certainly initiated contact outside the area and kept Alex Morgan from […]
  • “COWBOY” REFEREES STRIKE AGAIN
    Question: During a game, can goalie speak to someone beside the goal during game? Referee issued yellow for not paying attention to game? Answer (June 30, 2015): There were two people of diminished mental competence involved here: the goalkeeper and the referee. There is no such rule in the Laws of the Game, and referees […]
  • CHARGING PROPERLY
    Question: Two players are going for the ball, and, within playing distance of the ball, one lowers shoulder and drives into other player. This is indeed a foul, but can you point to text in Fifa’s LOTG that would clarify this? It is a charge, of course, so is the only ground on which to […]
  • IT’S THE PLAYERS’ GAME, REFEREES, NOT YOURS
    Question: My team had a pK shoot out last weekend. The referee placed the ball on the mark. We kicked first and my player moved the ball because it was in a hole but left it on the mark. The referee walked back to the ball picked it up and appeared to push it even […]
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