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Football offside tag up
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The accepted answer covers it fairly well. I will add that in order to minimise referee discretion / judgement and therefore increase consistency, FIFA / IFAB have made it more clear cut than the ...

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What is the chance of scoring a free kick?
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This differs widely, based on a large number of factors. Unlike a penalty kick, which is always taken from the same location, with no wall and only the goalkeeper to beat, free kicks can be influenced ...

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Ball goes out of bounds inside box
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This is a retake. The ball was never put back into play. Law 16 - The Goal Kick, Section 1 - Procedure: The ball is in play when it leaves the penalty area Law 9 - The Ball In and Out of ...

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Hasn't Kasper Schmeichel broke the rules when saving Modrić's penalty during the World Cup 2018, Round of 16 match between Croatia and Denmark?
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There are likely two possible reasons this technical breach of the Laws was not penalised. The offence was so minor that the referee was unable to detect it. The referee applied his discretion under ...

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Can a player receive a direct red card after receiving the second yellow card?
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gdrt's answer provides an excellent summary of what occurred in the incident you provided as an example. In general, a player cannot receive multiple "red cards" in the same match. The ...

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What or who decides whether extra time is given in football?
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Extra time is played, when at the end of the match for which there must be a winner (ie a knockout, final or cup match), both teams have the same number of goals1. Law 10 - Determining the Outcome of ...

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Soccer Goal Uncertanty by Referee
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If there are assistant referees appointed for the match, the referee will receive help from them to ease any uncertainty. Whenever a shot is taken, the assistant referee should follow the ball all the ...

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Yellow and Red Card pattern in football
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The Laws of The Game are very strict on what a player, substitute or substituted player can be cautioned (shown the yellow card) and sent off (shown the red card) for. On pages 38-39 of the 2014/15 ...

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Is this an Offside according to FIFA rules?
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From page 36 of the 2015/16 FIFA Laws of the Game (emphasis mine): A player is in an offside position if: he is nearer to his opponents’ goal line than both the ball and the second-last ...

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In Soccer, can it be a foul even if the player gets to the ball first?
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Getting the ball first has minimal relevance as to whether a foul has occurred. There is no reference to making contact with the ball in the section relating to Fouls and Misconduct in the Laws of the ...

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Offside when the ball was last played by the defending team
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Wax Eagle's answer is correct in the first instance. In the second instance, "gaining an advantage" isn't really subjective at all. What it means is the following on page 108 of the 2014/15 FIFA ...

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What happens if a player who has been cautioned during the match gets a second yellow card while kicks from the penalty mark are being taken?
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A semantic reading suggests this is the case, however one should not interpret the Laws of the Game in a manner that produces an absurd result. Practical Guidelines for Match Officials [pdf], p. 2: ...

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Keeper putting the ball onto the penalty mark
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You won't find any law against it because it is completely legal. It is a bit of a stretch see how this could be a problem. Any controversy here would most likely arise from the goalkeeper placing ...

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In football, what happens when a team commits an offence for which play need not be stopped, and then scores a goal immediately after?
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Neither of the two suggested restarts are correct. The correct restart is a kick-off. The Laws would explicitly state that a goal was to be disallowed for either of these offences, just as it does ...

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What if goal happens whilst a penalty VAR review is in process?
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Nij's answer sums up the general principles and the correct outcome. I will attempt to answers based strictly on the Laws. Law 10 - Determining the Outcome of a Match, Section 1 - Goal Scored: A ...

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An attempt to shield the ball ends in one player kicking another's leg. Is it is a foul and what is the result?
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Here are the relevant sections of the Laws of The Game: Law 5 - The Referee, Section 3 - Powers and Duties: The referee: ... punishes the more serious offence, in terms of sanction, restart, ...

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Can football players be penalised for an action against a teammate that is normally a foul if done to the opponent?
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No, a player cannot be penalised for an action against a teammate that is normally (only) a foul if done to the opponent. Most free kick offences listed in Law 12 under direct free kicks and indirect ...

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Restart after verbal offence against referee by substitute off the field while the ball is in play
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Correction (the previous answer was incorrect, stating dropped ball was the correct restart): This question was posed to IFAB in an email dated Thursday, 27th July 2017. As I did not ask permission ...

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When can a goalkeeper take the ball into their hands?
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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct, Section 2 - Indirect Free Kick outlines when a goalkeeper may not deliberately handle the ball1 in their own penalty area. An indirect free kick is awarded if a ...

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Can the referee end the game while someone is about to shoot?
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Yes - the decision was at least correct by Law, and most likely fair as well. The referee is the sole arbiter of timekeeping, as shown in the following Laws. Law 5 - The Refereee, Section 3 - Powers ...

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Red card during substitution in Football
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The answer is no, but they may be cautioned (which may indirectly result in a send-off for a second caution). However, this question demonstrates why it is important to get the terminology used in the ...

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How can soccer/football referees improve decision making
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Judging close ball in/out decisions is a skill that simply improves with years of practice - it is likely that you are getting the overwhelming majority of in/out decisions correct already. In many ...

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Football fields that are approximately square
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No, it is highly unlikely that any prominent football teams use a pitch that is close to square in shape. On page 7 of the 2015/16 FIFA Laws of the Game it states: The length of the touch line must ...

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Consequences if an official interferes with play?
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In football, the referee and assistant referees are considered to be part of the field, just like the corner flags, crossbars and goalposts. In the case of the ball hitting the referee, there are two ...

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Deliberate back pass saved off the post
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Only direct free kick offences committed by a team in their own penalty area result in a penalty kick[1]. For indirect free kick offences that are committed by a defending team inside their own goal ...

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Can you hit a football when the goalkeeper is touching it?
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From the 2013-2014 FIFA Laws of the Game, p. 120 ... A goalkeeper is considered to be in control of the ball: while the ball is between his hands or between his hand and any surface (...

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In football, how should the referee deal with possible offside situations involving attacking/defending players off the field of play?
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These two paragraphs are a little unclear, so the only way I can attempt to answer these is with an appeal to authority. I'm a qualified football referee instructor, and this answer is how I would ...

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If a goalkeeper is substituted during kicks from the penalty mark, can they later be substituted on again?
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No, the goalkeeper cannot be substituted back on. A goalkeeper may only be replaced by a substitute (or an excluded player if one team had more players than the other at any stage of the kicks) if ...

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Does VAR allow referees to ignore unintentional fouls?
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This question is based on two false premises: that an unintentional handball is a foul; and that the referee, Pitana, came to the conclusion that Perisic's handling was unintentional, yet still ...

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Tie breaking in association football championships
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Section 50.5 (a) - (c) states that all teams are first ranked by points, then goal difference, then goals scored. If any teams are level after applying all three criteria in this order, section ...

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