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  • THE SITE WILL CLOSE DOWN IN THE NEAR FUTURE
    No questions will be answered after 24 November 2016. I will turn off the email capability to receive and respond at the same time. If anyone wishes to copy files for future reference, please feel free to do so. Thank you for your interest over the years. Jim Allen USSF National Instructor Staff, Ret.
  • THE LAWS OF THE GAME 2016-17
    Start reading now. http://www.theifab.com/files/1%20-%20160412_laws-of-the-game-Digital_Print.pdf
  • IFAB: ONE STEP FORWARD, ONE STEP BACKWARD
    IFAB: one step forward, one step backward By Paul Gardner I think it unlikely that there are many people around who would consider the International Football Association Board (IFAB) to be an up-to-date group. But, the IFAB is making an attempt, it seems. It has just approved a major rewriting of soccer’s rules and David […]
  • LEAVING THE FIELD OF PLAY WITHOUT PERMISSION—EXCEPTIONS TO THE LAW
    Question: At times I see a number of players in the game on the sidelines. It seems to me they go out of field of play as they wait for the ball then come back in to receive the ball as they run down field. It happens on the parents’ side of the field. As […]
  • U. S. SOCCER CONCUSSION INITIATIVE
    As part of U.S. Soccer’s Player Safety Campaign, U.S. Soccer unveiled the U.S. Soccer Concussion Initiative that provides guidelines that have been implemented since January of 2016. The information contained in the initiative is intended to give U.S. Soccer Organization Members, as well as players, parents, team/club staff and coaches and referees, guidance and direction […]
  • 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 […]
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