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LAW 1 – THE FIELD OF PLAY
Official Publications Related to Law 1
On the Line, In or Out?

LAW 2 – THE BALL
Official Publications Related to Law 2

LAW 3 – THE NUMBER OF PLAYERS
Official Publications Related to Law 3
Administrating Injuries

LAW 4 – THE PLAYER’S EQUIPMENT
Official Publications Related to Law 4

LAW 5 – THE REFEREE
Official Publications Related to Law 5
Game Flow and Foul Selection
The “4-P” Principle of Advantage
The Importance of Crew Communication and Pre-Game
Stretchers and Injury Management
Positioning of the Referee
Outside Agent Interference

LAW 6 – THE ASSISTANT REFEREES
Official Publications Related to Law 6
AR Involvement – Deciding When to Get Involved
AR Intervention to Prevent Game Disrepute
AR Involvement on Free Kicks
ARs Contributing to Game Flow
AR Work Rate

LAW 7 – THE DURATION OF THE MATCH
Official Publications Related to Law 7
Additional Time

LAW 8 – THE START & RESTART OF PLAY
Official Publications Related to Law 8

LAW 9 – THE BALL IN & OUT OF PLAY
Official Publications Related to Law 9

LAW 10 – THE METHOD OF SCORING
Official Publications Related to Law 10
Goal or No Goal

LAW 11 - OFFSIDE
Official Publications Related to Law 11
Gaining an Advantage
Does the Player Have to Touch the Ball – When Does it Become Interference with Play?
AR Offside Decisions
Offside:  Defender Off the Field
No Offside On Throw-Ins, Goal Kicks, Corner Kicks
Offside: Application of Wait and See

LAW 12 – FOULS AND MISCONDUCT
Official Publications Related to Law 12
Tackles: Determining Fair and Foul
Preventative Officiating Leads to Game-Flow
Use of Personality In Place of and In Addition to the Whistle
Getting the Most Out of Your Yellow Card
Dissent
Handling (a.k.a. the “hand ball”)
Dealing With Game Disrepute
Mass Confrontations
Simulation
Two Major Classes of Unsporting Behavior (100% Misconducts)
Tackles
Tactical Fouls
Tackles from Behind
Persistent Infringement
Players who repeatedly commit fouls
Players who are repeatedly fouled
Second Caution
Delaying Restarts of Play
Misconduct by Substitutes and Substituted Players
Removing Violence from the Game – The Red Card
Raising Awareness of “FlashPoints”
Violence in the Game – Use of the Elbow and Forearm...
Violent Conduct – Contact Above the Shoulders
Violent Conduct – Initiation and Retaliation
Identification and Prevention
The F-I-R-E Principle for Dealing with Above-the-Shoulder Challenges
Denying Obvious Goal Scoring Opportunities - DOGSO
The 4 D’s of DOGSO
DOGSO – What if the Goal is Scored?
Contact With Game Officials – Where is the Line?
Goal Keeper Possession
The "Passback"

Fan Invasion and Obscene Gestures by Players

LAW 13 – FREE KICKS
Official Publications Related to Law 13
The Quick Free Kick
Free Kick Management

LAW 14 – THE PENALTY KICK
Official Publications Related to Law 14
Deception at the Taking of a PK
Courage to Make the Call
Getting To the Right Place at the Right Time
Encroachment at the Taking of a Penalty Kick
Penalty Kick Management

LAW 15 – THE THROW-IN
Official Publications Related to Law 14
Restart Position of a Throw-In

LAW 16 – THE GOAL KICK
Official Publications Related to Law 16

LAW 17 – THE CORNER KICK
Official Publications Related to Law 17

ADMINISTRATIVE GUIDANCE
Official Publications Related to Administrative Issues
Game Reports
Dismissal of a Non-Player
Post-Game Misconduct
Substitutes Warming Up
Acceptance of Gratitude by Officials
Player Hydration - Water Breaks

PROCEDURES TO DETERMINE THE WINNER OF A MATCH
Official Publications Related to Determining the Winner of the Match

THE FOURTH OFFICIAL
Official Publications Related to The Fourth Official
Dealing With Intrusions to the Fourth Official Area
Use of Substitution Boards/Signs
Managing Benches

THE TECHNICAL AREA
Official Publications Related to The Technical Area
Comments to Players and Coaches
Bench Behavior
Proactive Management of the Technical Areas

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