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Why is a penalty not given if a goal comes right after the foul?

This is due to the advantage rule, From Laws of the Game - Law 5: The Referee - 3. Powers and Duties: The referee allows play to continue when an offence occurs and the non-offending team will ...
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What is the stuff referees spray on the ground in Football matches?

It's called "Vanishing foam". It is used by the referees to indicate the minimum distance the players must maintain from ball, in the event of a free kick, as well as the spot from where it is taken. ...
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Where does the assistant referee watch to realize when a soccer player is offside?

When the ball is in play, the assistant referee will do their best to remain in line with whichever one of the second closest defending player to the goal line; the ball; or the halfway line is ...
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What happens if a suspended player is used in match and the referee didn't notice

Different competitions have different suspension rules. However, in most major competitions, it is not the job of the referee to check for eligibility of the players in a team's lineup. That job is ...
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How does the referee communicate with players in football(soccer) matches, when they are from different countries?

FIFA referees are expected to be able to speak English. So if the referee who doesn't speak the language of a team (many international referees speak multiple languages) he will be talking English to ...
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In the Benfica vs Man Utd match, why did the referee point to his watch after the goal?

The UEFA Champion's League uses goal-line technology. This is an automated system which detects the moment the ball has crossed the goal-line under the crossbar. It sends a signal to the referee via ...
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How detailed is penalty kick encroachment in football

In answer to your first question, let's consider how it should be called. From Law 14 - The Penalty Kick, Section 1 - Procedure: The defending goalkeeper must remain on the goal line, facing the ...
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What happens if a suspended player is used in match and the referee didn't notice

The opposing team can ask to replay the match or the victory 3-0 by forfeit. e.g. match results assigned by forfeit: Celtic - Legia (6 ago 2014) 27 june 2002 Here from the UEFA Disciplinary ...
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What other sports have an offside rule other than football?

There is an offside rule in (ice) hockey, which essentially means a player cannot just hang out the attacking 1/3 of the rink and wait for the puck to be passed to him. There is also an offside rule ...
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The "four hits" fault

Yes, if you attack the ball, and the blocker makes any contact with the ball, and it comes back to your side, then your hits are reset (otherwise a block to your side would be a guaranteed point for ...
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Why is the referee treated so different in soccer and rugby

I'd say something rarely mentioned about the sports themselves : scoring is low in football, but high in rugby and basket and many others sports. Thus, a small mistake can rarely change the complete ...
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Passing back, am I offside?

Obviously, at the moment your teammate touches the ball, you are in an offside position (supposing all defenders are further from the goal, otherwise you wouldn’t be asking, I guess). But being in an ...
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Why did Verratti get a card for this back pass?

The offence committed by Marco Verratti is mentioned under Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct, Section 3: Disciplinary Action. Cautions for unsporting behaviour There are different circumstances ...
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Do offences that lead a to a penalty inside the penalty box always result in a red card?

No. Not all offences in the penalty box lead to a red card. Many offences within the penalty box lead to no further action than a penalty being given. The referee can also show a yellow card for ...
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Was Cristiano Ronaldo's 100th Champions League goal offside or not?

Laws of The Game; Law 11 - Offside; 1. Offside Position state that: A player is in an offside position if: ... any part of the head, body or feet is nearer to the opponents’ goal line than both the ...
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In the Benfica vs Man Utd match, why did the referee point to his watch after the goal?

The watch is the part of Goal Line Technology system, Under IFAB LAW 1 - THE FIELD OF PLAY, GOAL LINE TECHNOLOGY (GLT) The indication of whether a goal has been scored must be immediate and ...
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How much does a referee/umpire earn in a year?

Referees and umpires get paid much differently depending on the sport. For the first example, let's take the most watched sport in the world: football (known to Americans as soccer). European soccer ...
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Can all penalties be declined in American Football?

Generally penalties can be declined. Though you mostly don't want to decline them. Refusal of Penalties. Unless expressly prohibited, the penalty for any foul may be declined by the offended team, ...
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What is meant by "ineligible receiver downfield?"

To answer your question(s): The penalty is assessed if the ineligible player is more than 1 yard down field on a forward pass play unless he is blocking a player that initiated within the 1 yard ...
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Player looses boot after tackle

The Laws have not been broken here. The player who made the challenge has committed no offence. The player without footwear has committed no offence as he had immediately tried to play the ball ...
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Can a runner achieve a first down when offensive holding is called down field?

For reference, here is the downloadable NFL rulebook, and the particular section that applies to this is Rule 14, Section 1, Article 2, Item 4: Ball in Advance of Line to Gain: If the ball is in ...
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Can a football match end with a goal?

Yes. It happens. Here is a cool story about it: On 03/03/2013, during a game that was to be named as The last derby match in İnönü Stadium between Beşiktaş and Fenerbahçe, score was 2-2 on minute 90+...
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Rugby league: does a knock-on require an immediate stoppage of play?

Australia's National Rugby League (NRL) is played in accordance with the Rugby League International Federation laws, modulo some minor changes outlined in official documents from the Australian Rugby ...
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What other sports have an offside rule other than football?

Gridiron Football (American and Canadian) has an offside foul too. If a player is on the wrong side of the line of the scrimmage when the ball is snapped then they are offside. It is even a strategy ...
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Is there any goal keeper who received red card in FIFA World cup?

The first Keeper sent off in a WC match was the Italian keeper Gianluca Pagliuca. He was sent off for handling a ball outside the box. The card was a straight red. The other is Itumeleng Khune, a ...
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Where does the assistant referee watch to realize when a soccer player is offside?

This is what makes it such a difficult job, and why I can't understand why sometimes people are so harsh on linesmen when the decision is tight. The linesman's optimal place is in-line with the ...
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What is ball tampering in cricket?

What is ball tampering in cricket? How can we say ball is tampered? As per law 42 (Fair and unfair play) (emphasis mine): 3. The match ball - changing its condition (a) Any fielder may (i) Polish ...
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What determines if a hand pass is legal in the NHL?

This is covered under rule 67 in the NHL rule book. 67.1 Handling Puck - A player shall be permitted to stop or “bat” a puck in the air with his open hand, or push it along the ice with his hand, ...
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Is this an Offside according to FIFA rules?

The problem with your second scenary is not the pass per se.. is the position of player C. if player C is behind the ball, there is no problem if the pass go foward or backward, since the ball in that ...
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How do you differentiate good sets from bad sets?

Welcome to the "Art of Refereeing"! I think the best answer to this is from the foreward to the FIVB rulebook (page 10): a good referee will use the rules to make the competition a fulfilling ...
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