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8. Following a kick-off, the ball runs along the halfway line and directly crosses the touch line. What action shall the referees take?
They shall order the kick-off to be retaken. The timekeeper will not have started the chronometer, as the ball was not in play.

9. Before kick-off, shall the referee confi rm with the goalkeepers or any other player that they are ready to start the match?
No. The referees shall merely check that the pitch is clear and that the players are on it. The timekeeper and the third referee shall ensure that
the substitutes and offi cials are correctly positioned on their benches.

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