Summary of Rules....

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  1. younothat

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    What's a good summary of the rules that would be easy for most people to understand (Yeah I know maybe optimistic on my part) but something like cliff notes for the rules without going into every fine detail might help some understand better

    How about something like
    The 17 Soccer Rules Explained (Laws of the Game)
    http://www.soccercoachingpro.com/soccer-rules/

    Rule #1 - The Field of Play
    Rule #2 - The Ball
    Rule #3 - The Number of Players
    Rule #4 - The Player’s Equipment
    Rule #5 - The Referee
    Rule #6 - The Assistant Referees
    Rule #7 - The Duration of the Match
    Rule #8 - The Start and Restart of Play
    Rule #9 - The Ball In and Out of Play
    Rule #10 - Determining the Outcome of the Match
    Rule #11 - Offside
    Rule #12 - Fouls and Misconduct
    Rule #13 - Free Kicks
    Rule #14 - The Penalty Kick
    Rule #15 - The Throw In
    Rule #16 - The Goal Kick
    Rule #17 - The Corner Kick

    Yeah I know lots more rules but what other sites or summaries are out there to help?
     
  2. espola

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    They got #11 wrong.
     
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  3. timbuck

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    Rules? You mean “Laws”? (Just kidding. I hate when people correct that. We know what you mean)
     
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    As long as the Laws are current. The interpretation is just as important as the LOTG. My suggestion would be to get a couple more senior experienced referees to come and spend an hour with the parents and provide some education and Q & A. Topics should include (these are the ones the spectators usually yell at refs about) offside, handling, difference between a trifling foul and actual foul, advantage, why some fouls are not called, basics of a throw in, flow of the game, why contact with the keeper is rarely called, and whatever questions they may have. I bet your club has at least a couple parents that are also referees and could provide the education especially to the U14 and below parents.
     
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    Now that I think about it, that idea would probably even benefit a lot of coaches that think they know the LOTG, but their knowledge is outdated. Most coaches probably would not admit their LOTG knowledge level is lacking, but if you heard some of the stupid things that coaches yell at refs then you would know that they need the LOTG education just as much as the parents.
     
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  6. timbuck

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    Why is contact with the keeper so rarely called?
    (And I’ve seen contact “from” the keeper called even more rarely).
     
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    What would you rather have, the keeper with the ball in their hands or the ball on the ground near the goal for a free kick? Anyone who knows anything about soccer would rather see the ball in the keepers hands. Most refs who know what they are doing will not call minor or even moderate level fouls against the keeper, but will warn the player that made contact with the keeper. When I played as a forward I would routinely bump the keeper hoping the ref would call the foul causing the keeper to have to play the ball as a free kick and also giving my team time to get setup.
     
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    My examples are a bit more extreme than doing a flyby on a gk.
    1. Keeper extends to catch a ball above her head. Striker plows into keeper knocking her in her back. (I supposed one could argue that the ball was in the air and it’s a 50/50 ball. But this was lower level 13 year old girls.)
    2. Ball played on the ground in the area. Rolling towards top of the 6. Winger and opposing keeper are going for the ball. Keeper ignores the ball and cleans out the winger like Ronnie Lott. Then grabs the ball. No call. I’d argue that any other place on the field, this is called a foul. But ref chickened out and didn’t want to award a pk.
     
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    Heard a great one today B9 Presidents Cup. After I called a foul. On the free kick the attacking team scored. From the crowd a voice lets out "Ref learn the rules. That is supposed to be indirect". The absurdity catches my attention so I look over. This is then followed up by "It's indirect; he didn't intentionally do it"

    Oh boy, this gave me a good giggle. I thought to myself that he was right I didn't know that rule (yes, I know they are laws) ;-)

    For the next 10 minutes the moms are parroting this rules genius saying that it should have never been a goal.
     
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    Don't feel bad - I have seen the referee at a D1 NCAA game call handling on the home team out near the center circle and then signal for an indirect kick. The visitors' captain asked for clarification, and the referee confirmed that it was for handling and the restart was to be an indirect kick. (Maybe he thought the handling was not intentional - sort of seems like a logical compromise.) As it turned out, after a 1-yard tap to the captain, he put a nice floater just under the bar, and the game ended 1-0 for the visitors.

    Other trivia -- the short-tap assist was that player's only scoring play all season, and he transferred to another school the next year. What else have I forgotten? Oh, yes - the game was played at Northridge.
     
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    I have seen a referee call handling in the box and gave the offense a direct free kick from the spot of the handling (in the box but way off to the side) and then line both teams up outside of the box for the kick, lol.
     
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    That is just sad to hear.
     
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    Keeper are exactly the same as field players except they get to use their hands in their own “18 box”. So what contact do you want called? If it is not called for any other player, it should not be called for the keeper.
     
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    Was that at Silverlakes on Sunday morning???
     
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    I thought so. I was one of the referees on 23B and was at the referee tent when you walked in with that story. I was just laughing and shaking my head....
     
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    LOL, I saw a game where a goalkeeper got called for handling the ball outside of the 18 yard box...the referee called a penalty kick!?
     
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    Fortunately, most people know the basics, so most of the information above is redundant. It is the "fine details" that always trip parents and coaches up. I've always thought that rather than a generic summary of the laws, you could just have a set of ten or so flash cards that explain all the common gripes.

    Flashcard 1: Yes, the referee probably did see the ball hit her/his hand. Handling must be deliberate. Hand to ball, not just ball to hand.
    Flashcard 2: Offside decisions occur at the time of the kick. Are you watching the play? Did you see who kicked the ball? Well if you did, then that means you weren't looking at the offside line when the ball was kicked; you were looking at the kicker. Most linesmen don't look at the play when an offside decision is imminent.
    Flashcard 3: Yes, the defender can have two hands in the back. They are not allowed to push, whether it is done with 1 hand or 2 hands or no hands (girls will push with hips).
    Etc.
    Flashcard 10: In the opinion of the referee. Yes, some referees would have called that foul, others wouldn't have. The only thing that matters is this referee's opinion. He's doing his best.
     
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  18. Surfref

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    That is just sad. The ARs should have stopped the CR.
     

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