Questions posed to this website are answered by Jim Allen, National Instructor Staff, ret. /National Assessor, ret.

Jim consults appropriate authorities at the National level for complicated questions on game situations or matters of Law.

If you have a question about the Laws of the Game, simply go to the Ask A Question page and fill in the form. All questions, published or not, will be answered privately. Some questions and answers will be posted on this page. We do not formally address questions regarding high school or college rules, as they are from another planet.

Answers posted here apply only to games played under the aegis of the United States Soccer Federation. Officials from other countries should not quote these answers as “proof” to authorities in their own national associations of “facts”about the Laws of the Game or referee procedures and mechanics.