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How Well Do You Actually Know The Rules Of Football?

You think you know everything, but do you REALLY know everything?

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  1. 1. The attacking team takes a throw-in deep in the opposition's half and the ball bounces straight into the goal without touching any players. Should you...

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    Award a goal kick to the defending team
    Award a goal to the attacking team
    Order the thrower to take the throw again
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Award a goal kick to the defending team

    You can't score from a throw-in if the ball doesn't touch any players

  2. 2. And if a defender takes a throw-in back to his 'keeper, but it bounces in the net without the 'keeper (or any other player), having touched it, what should the referee do?

    Award an own goal
    Order the throw-in to be taken again
    Award a corner kick
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Award a corner kick

    The same rule applies – it can't be a goal unless a player makes contact with the ball in open play.

  3. 3. The goalkeeper (player A) is taking a goal kick. When his foot strikes the ball, which of the players is offside?

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    B
    C
    D
    None of them
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    None of them

    You can't be offside from a goal kick, throw-in, or corner kick.

  4. 4. When a team makes a substitution, how should the substitute enter the field?

    From within their own half
    From the halfway line
    From anywhere
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    From the halfway line

    A player must enter the pitch from the halfway line.

  5. 5. Does the player leaving the pitch to make way for the substitute have to leave via the halfway line?

    Yes
    No
  6. 6. Player A is taking a corner and tries to pass it to player B but scuffs the ball, and the ball doesn't leave the marked corner area. Can player C now go for the ball?

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    Yes, it's now in open play
    No, the ball must leave the corner D
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Yes

    Once the corner taker makes contact with the ball, it is in open play. Wayne Rooney and Ryan Giggs once tried to use this rule to trick Chelsea, and Cristiano Ronaldo scored as a result, but the referee didn't notice Rooney's minimal initial contact with the ball and ruled out the goal.

  7. 7. What happens if an assistant ref accidentally puts their foot into the field of play, and the ball strikes them, therefore changing the path of the ball.

    Throw-in awarded against the player to strike the assistant ref
    Drop ball
    Play on
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Play on

  8. 8. What is referee Robert Madley signalling here?

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    Indirect free kick
    Direct free kick
    Substitution
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Indirect free kick

  9. 9. Where should the assistant referees stand during a penalty?

    (This refers to a standard penalty won from open play, rather than a penalty shootout).

    One on each corner flag
    Both on the halfway line
    One on the corner flag, one on the halfway line
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    One on the corner flag, one on the halfway line

  10. 10. A fan throws a large object onto the pitch and the referee doesn't notice. A player has a shot and it hits the object and deflects into the goal, what should the referee do?

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    Award the goal
    Drop ball
    Throw the object back into the crowd – aiming for the person who threw it
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Award the goal

    If the referee hasn't noticed the object, and the object interferes with play before the ref has noticed its presence, they can't disallow the goal - as Pepe Reina learned the hard way for Liverpool against Sunderland in 2009. If the referee does notice the object he must stop play, get rid of it, and award a drop ball.

  11. 11. Which of these is NOT a red card offence?

    Unsporting behaviour
    Spitting at an opponent
    Denying an obvious goalscoring opportunity by committing a foul
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Unsporting behaviour

    Spitting at an opponent and denying an obvious goalscoring opportunity are both red card offences, while unsporting behaviour will earn you a yellow.

  12. 12. The referee orders a penalty to be retaken due to the goalkeeper being off his line, does the penalty have to be taken by the player who puts the ball on the spot?

    Yes
    No
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Yes!

  13. 13. A defender (player B) has possession of the ball, under pressure from the opposition, he flicks the ball up with his foot and heads it back to his goalkeeper (player A), what should the referee do?

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    Nothing
    Award a free kick to the opposition team
    Award a free kick to the opposition team and give the defender a yellow card
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Yellow card

    It's an automatic yellow card even if the goalkeeper doesn't pick the ball up. Attempting a back pass through "trickery" is a yellow card offence.

  14. 14. A player re-enters the field of play without your permission after being treated for an injury. What should you do?

    Stop play and award an indirect free kick to the other team
    Book the player, and award an indirect free kick to the other team
    Red card the player, and award an indirect free kick to the other team
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Book them!

    This is a yellow card offence.

  15. 15. A player thinks he hears the referee's whistle, so he picks up the ball, but you haven't blown your whistle - the whistle came from the crowd. What should you do?

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    Award the opposing team a free kick
    Caution the player and award the opposing team a free kick
    Drop ball
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Drop ball

    If it's a genuine mistake on behalf of the player, a drop ball should be awarded as the player is not at fault because the whistle came from off the field of play.

How Well Do You Actually Know The Rules Of Football?

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