Questions and answers

1. A player accidentally crosses one of the lines marking the pitch boundaries. Shall he be considered to have left the pitch without the referees’ permission?
No.

2. A player in possession of the ball accidentally crosses the touch line or the goal line without the ball in order to beat an opponent. What action shall the referees take?
Play shall continue. Accidentally crossing the pitch boundaries for a moment shall be considered part of the game. However, the players
shall remain on the pitch as a general rule.

3. At what point shall a substitute be considered an active player?
From the moment he enters the pitch in accordance with the substitution procedure.

4. If, before the start of a match played under competition rules, a player is replaced by a named substitute without the referee having been notifi ed, may this substitute continue to participate in the match?
Yes. The referees shall caution the player for entering the pitch without their permission. If the advantage rule cannot be applied, the referees
shall stop play and restart it with an indirect free kick to the opposing team from the place where the ball was located when play was stopped*.

5. A substitute who is not participating in the match enters the pitch and kicks an opponent with excessive force. What action shall the referees take?
The referees shall stop play, show the substitute the red card and send him off for violent conduct and restart play with an indirect free kick
to the opposing team from the place where the ball was located when play was stopped*.

6. A player who is due to be substituted refuses to leave the pitch. What action shall the referees take?
They shall allow play to continue, as this does not fall under their jurisdiction.
 
 
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