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    Dropped ball dilemma

    There's no need for the WHU player to touch the ball. The ball is in play when it hits the ground. Fernandes (ManUtd player) appeared to be at least 4m away from the ball when it was played. If he wasn't, then to pull it back for distance, he needed to be cautioned. He was not. The whistle...
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    LIV vs CHE

    The video on the screen spun through it twice before stopping on the still shot. That tells me that AT saw the arm motion but wasn't sure if there was contact with the arm/hand to actually make it an offence. The still shot showing contact? Now he's got the last piece of the puzzle and it can...
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    Wolves v MU

    This isn't a Red Card. The force is glancing in the way it catches the defender's shinpad. The amount of force brings this down to a caution as per FIFA and UEFA directions.
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    level 5-4 fitness

    Interesting -- when the Cooper test was run here, walking was allowed. Different situations for different areas I guess.
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    level 5-4 fitness

    Walking is fine. Coming to a full stop is not. So the first would be acceptable, the second not so much.
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    What badges should i get on my kit?

    When you put the velcro on, put the soft side (the loops) on your shirt and the hard one (the hooks) on the badge. That way, when you wash your top, the hooks won't catch on other things in the wash and cause pulls and rips in them.
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    If you watch the sequence (and someone else mentioned part of this), the Danish players stay on the penalty area line and shuffle to their right, but the English players in the wall shuffle forward, making that distance less than the 1m... but are also encroaching on the distance set at the same...
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    I think that you're both missing the point... The definition of excessive force is "when a player exceeds the necessary use of force and/or endangers the safety of an opponent" and the definition of SFP is "[...] excessive force or endangers the safety of an opponent" If you put in the...
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    So, let's use the whole section here... A tackle or challenge that endangers the safety of an opponent or uses excessive force or brutality must be sanctioned as serious foul play. Any player who lunges at an opponent in challenging for the ball from the front, from the side or from behind...
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    Turns out not so much a mistake there.
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    NFS Summer Series

    So, this futsal series has been running for the last month or so and has cumulated in the finals to be played Sunday June 27. They're live on BT Sport and being streamed on YouTube too: Women's: Men's Tier 2: Men's Tier 1:
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    Leicester City v Spurs

    This is why this law improves with 21-22. Only comes into effect if the player that handles the ball scores immediately/directly (ie, hand to goal, or hand to other bodypart and directly into goal)
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    MLS New York City vs Toronto - Interfering with a keeper clearance

    PRO reached out to IFAB to get clarification/etc on this. Hopefully this stuff will end up in the laws or associated instructional material to help everyone.
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    Red Card in Penalty Area

    Yup, that's why I pointed that the two are basically the same when it comes to considering DOGSO. A reckless challenge could be an attempt to play the ball, but just poorly done and mistimed. Of course, the bit I missed: DOGSO with a careless or reckless foul that is clearly NOT an attempt to...
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    Red Card in Penalty Area

    To be clear here: DOGSO with a careless or reckless foul that is an attempt to play the ball and the restart is a penalty kick will be a caution. DOGSO that also happens to be SFP will be, as Big Cat states, a dismissal for SFP (you could, if you have the ability to report things, ALSO mention...
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    Burnley v Leeds

    There was definitely movement by the corner taker. He ran towards the ball. But another Leeds player took possession of it and played it. The corner taker never played/touched the ball. The corner taker also never interfered with an opponent (he was several yards away from the closest and went...
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    The law was introduced to allow for players to have time to recover from an unexpected touch by a match official. When the ball goes out of play, that is a stoppage that allows the players time to recover.
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    Self Reflection

    I think that this is absolutely by design. If you look at the coach sanctions, the majority are higher than for a player, because the expectation (not reality obviously) is that coaches are held to a higher standard than players.
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    Seville stopped watch

    Reportedly, the referee's watch stopped so he thought the match was complete.
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    Crazy one in tge Rep Ireland game last night

    Agreed with the above... the only reason the GK got to the ball first was because of the move made by the defender. Easily checks all four boxes. And honestly, that move out to hit the attacker likely took longer than it would have to actually play the ball.