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What color shoes can USSF referee's wear?

It states in the 2014 ATR: 5.1 Officiating Team Uniforms .... Black shoes are preferred but referees can wear any color shoes so long as they are appropriate to perform the duties required ...
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What are the powers of referee in a football match?

What are the powers and duties of a referee in a football match(defined in the football laws)?
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Can a runner achieve a first down when offensive holding is called down field?

Say it's 2nd and 5 at Team A's own 25 yard line and a runner makes of gain of 10 yards to the 35 yard line. What happens if offensive holding is called down field at Team A's 35 yard line? Offensive ...
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Reaching Violation VS. Charging Violation

Last night I was playing in a league basketball game, and barely managed to evade fouling out from reaching. However, I am not sure whether or not I was reaching, or if the referee had the rules ...
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Hockey offsides: reconciling the definition of the zone with the tagging up rule

When a player is offsides in ice hockey, they can tag up by skating back to the blue line and having at least one skate in contact with the blue line, and then return back into the zone to continue ...
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How much are Cricket Umpires paid in India starting from Club level to Ranji, Duleep trophy, etc.? [duplicate]

EDIT: The question What is the procedure to become a Cricket Umpire? does not answer my question. It does not address the TIME required for an umpire required to reach national level from local level. ...
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Differences between referees and assistant referees

Some questions about referees and assistant referees: I assume there's a difference in knowledge / experience between these, correct? I.e. it's not just rolling a dice to decide which one is a ...
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Interchangeability of referees and assistant referees

Some questions about interchangeability of referees and assistant referees: Are referees exclusively referees and assistant referees exclusively assistant referees? Can assistant referees officiate ...
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Why Umpire David Shepherd lifted one foot off the ground at nelson?

Beloved David Shepherd lifted one foot off the ground whenever the score reached 111 (or 222, 333 etc). I mean nelson is supposed to be bad omen for batsman so why He as an Umpire used to do that in a ...
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Foul after a goal

What if, in soccer, right after the attacking team scores a goal, the defending team makes a foul? Say, it was a corner, and the ball already crossed the line, and then a defending player ...
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How to become a cricket umpire for icc? [duplicate]

I like cricket very much, is there a way to take umpire as carrier? If so what should i do?
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Soccer Goal Uncertanty by Referee

If a referee isn't sure about a goal, the teams are arguing, and there is no goal-line technology, what should the referee do?
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In a video challenge in volleyball, does the challenging team have to specify the challenged fault?

Assume the following situation: In a high-class (high enough for a video challenge system being in place) volleyball game an attack hit goes out of bounds and the referee assigns the point to the ...
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Player looses boot after tackle

We had an incident during a recent game where a player was tackled causing him to loose his boot. The referee deemed the tackle fair and failed to award a free kick. Our player indicated to the ...
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Half time duration

I have read through the FIFA laws of the game and can see that the half time interval says: Half-time interval Players are entitled to an interval at half-time. The half-time interval must not exceed ...
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Running Head Start Offsides American Football

Is it offsides in American football to have one person start 20 yards behind the line of scrimmage and start running, having the ball snapped just before he crosses the line to give him a running head ...
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Is this an Offside according to FIFA rules?

I was looking at fifa offside rules which are here. In the slide/page 26 it explains about a NO offside scenario like this Do I need to consider that direction of the pass which in this case is ...
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What happens if the third umpire is unable to come to a firm conclusion?

There are times when the third umpire is unable to come to a firm conclusion about a decision, even after the use of multiple replays, hotspot, etc. What should happen in this case?
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2 runners on base, lead runner misses a base and both runs score, correct ruling?

Runner on first and second, ball is hit to outfield, both the runner on first and second score on the outfield hit. The runner who was on second, misses touching third base, and scores, followed by ...
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Player leaving the game field

What should the referee do if a player of a team leaves the game field and doesn't come back until the end of the game? The player just left without asking the referee.
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What happens if a team walks off the field in soccer?

On the weekend an altercation between a referee and a play led to their team leaving the pitch. 21 minutes into the game our team was up 1-0 when allegedly the referee said to a player that he was a ...
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Are World Cup refs all the same gender as the teams?

I am watching the Women's soccer/football World Cup. So far, all the refs I have seen have been women. Now that I think about it, during the men's World Cup I only saw men as refs. Is this in fact ...
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Offensive Player Injured on Foul

Watching the NBA Finals game 4 last night, LeBron was injured on a shooting attempt where he was fouled. The announcers said that if he didn't shoot the free throws, that he would not be able to come ...
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What determines if a hand pass is legal in the NHL?

What are the conditions that make a hand pass legal or illegal? I have seen players swat the puck to a teammate and not get whistled for the a hand pass and I have see players get whistled for what ...
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Coach throws the ball against the referee

What should the referee do if a coach, during the game, throws the ball such that it hits the referee?
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Does the precision of NBA timekeeping go beyond tenths of a second?

As NBA viewers, we see that they keep time up to tenths of a second. But officially do they keep track of time to hundredths (or perhaps even thousandths) of a second? Here's an example. Say there ...
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How to become a football referee?

I've recently been ruled out of football because of injury problems (though I am still fit and able to run, just need to avoid contact sports) but still want to get involved, which got me thinking - ...
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What is Umpire's Call in a DRS review? [duplicate]

This question is particularly about "Umpire's Call". The linked question doesn't provide any information about umpire call. When a decision is reviewed in the Decision Review System (DRS) we can ...
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In cricket, in UDRS screen, if the ball hits the wicket, then why is not out still given?

In cricket, in UDRS screen, if the ball hits the wicket, then why is not out still given? I saw this situation so many times happened; bowler appealed for UDRS for LBW, in UDRS it shows ball hits the ...
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Do basketball referees sometimes try to save players from fouling out?

While watching American college basketball games or NBA games, I'll often see players drive to the basket and get fouled. When this happens in the second half of a game, I frequently hear the ...
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Lack of AR1 during post-game ceremonials in UEFA Champions League

I might just be crazy (If I am please let me know) but I have noticed in both of the UEFA Champions League games played today you see AR1 (It is an Assistant Referee so I am assuming that it is AR1 ...
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Scoring runs in a single ball

If a batsman hits a ball and the players keep running after 4 runs scored still the ball not reached the boundary. No over throw is considered. Whether all the runs will be included in batsman ...
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Free throw rules

Scenario: High School Girls basketball game. Foul happens, 10th foul for the team that fouled. Double bonus for other team. First shot is missed. Shooting team rebounds shoots and makes the basket. ...
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Why have the number of power play opportunities steadily decreased since the 2005-2006 NHL season?

According to NHL stats found here, the number of total power play opportunities went from: 14,390 during the 2005-2006 season to 10,227 during the 2008-2009 season to 8,055 during the 2013-2014 ...
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What is meant by “ineligible receiver downfield?”

In (American) football, only the running backs and ends (but not offensive linemen) are supposed to (try to) catch passes. Because of that fact, an offensive team can be penalized if its linemen are ...
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Placing a base runner on the wrong base after a mound visit

Situation: There is a runner on first base and the defense decides to have a mound visit or change their pitcher. The offensive players group up to talk about strategy and the coach tells the player ...
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Consequences if player(s) argue(s) with referee

In my recent question, I received the answer to whether a 1-point penalty was actually applied in official rules. Philip Kendall provided that it was considered impolite conduct and the offending team ...
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Consequences if an official interferes with play?

I've seen this happen quite a few times in the 2014 FIFA World Cup - the referee accidentally trips or bumps into a player but nothing is called. An example of this is US vs Belgium. The referee ...
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what is procedure to become a cricket umpire in state level? [duplicate]

I want to know what's the procedure to become a state level Cricket Umpire? please explain starting from the grass root Steps.
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Should a re-serve be called if Referee and Line Judge disagree?

It was the last game of a volleyball tournament when a serve hit the baseline of the opponent's court - as to me it seemed. From the referee's perch, she instantly called it out. But then the line ...
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How are referees so good at spotting penalties in real time?

I'm thinking about american football in particular, but this question could be applicable to other sports. When I'm watching a game on TV I've noticed the referees are typically very good about ...
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How Does the 2005 Offside Rule Amendment by FIFA Stretch the Game?

Here are a couple of reference for the background on the topic http://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2010/apr/13/the-question-why-is-offside-law-genius and the book ''Inverting the Pyramid'' Chapter ...
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Position of the Defense in Soccer Offside

Trying to learn the Offside rule. From what I gather Offside is when an offensive player gets behind the defense and takes a pass from another player. So, why doesn't the defense just stop around ...
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Can all penalties be declined in American Football?

I saw some highlights from an NFL game the other day (I think it was Detroit's 22-21 comeback win against Atlanta) and the presenter said they won the game with a field goal. Their first attempt at ...
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Are you allowed unlimited challenges in a hockey game?

In hockey, they often challenge penalty calls, goals, etc. Sometimes a goal is called back, sometimes it's awarded. Are you allowed to challenge everything? Why don't they often challenge offside ...
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Can a pitcher throw a strike during an intentional walk?

Intentional Walk I know that there have been times where a pitcher has thrown a ball over the plate enough for a hitter to get a hit, and even hit a home run in some cases. My question is more along ...
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Linesman puts finger in the air after deking a face off

I was watching the LA Kings vs San Jose Sharks game tonight and saw something I hadn't see or realized before. There was a face-off in one of the defensive zones. The referee fake the puck drop and ...
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Why couldn't the referees cancel the timeout in the Jets game?

In this week's Jets-Packers game, the wrong person called a timeout from the sidelines (only the head coach is allowed). The referees played correctly, watching the field instead of who is calling ...
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Baseball runner called out but still runs like he was safe drawing a throw allowing another runner to advance

Here is the situation. Runners at first and second nobody out. Grounder to second throws out the runner going to second. Called out clearly by the umpire. The relay to first for the double play is ...
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Immaculate Reception Legality

Was the touchdown at the end of the game between the Steelers and the Raiders in the 1972 AFC Divisional playoff game legally a touchdown by the NFL double touch rules or was the pass first touched by ...