In a crucial World Cup match, a goalkeeper with a renowned long throw hurls the ball upfield and scores a freak goal. Do you give the goal? That's just one of the split-second decisions faced by referees that has to be made on the pitch and eternally debated in playground and pub. It's also one of the questions in You Are the Ref (iTunes link), the legendary comic strip refereeing quiz that has now become an iPhone app.
In its 50-year history the strip has appeared in Shoot!, Roy of the Rovers and The Guardian. The app features refereeing dilemmas to test your knowledge of the beautiful game, set by former international ref Keith Hackett and illustrated by comics legend Paul Trevillion.
As well as the fiendish footie puzzlers, you can add your friends' names to personalise the app and share the results on Facebook and Twitter. We've selected four questions from the app to start your World Cup, kicking off with that wind-related goalkeeper quandary -- let us know in the comments how many you get right:
In extremely windy weather, a goalkeeper with a renowned long throw hurls the ball upfield. It's caught by a freak gust of wind, and bounces over the stunned opposition keeper into the back on the net. Do you give the goal?
A. Disallow goal and take another goal kick
B. Disallow goal and restart with dropped ball
C. Award the goal providing no infringement has occurred
Answer: C. Award a goal, provided that no infringement of the Laws has been committed by the team scoring the goal before the ball enters the net.