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Question Number: 29710

Law 8 - Start and Restart of Play 9/17/2015

RE: select Under 15

dan of vienna, va us asks...

Can you allow advantage to the defensive team for a kickoff taken backwards?

Answer provided by Referee Richard Dawson

Hi Dan,
no, because the ball is not yet in play. The ball... must... travel forward, towards the opposition. A warning to not seek to delay the restart and retake the kick off.

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Answer provided by Referee Jason Wright

Hi Dan,

For restarts that state 'the ball is in play when....', if that criteria is not met than advantage can no be applied. Similarly, if the ball was kicked backwards and a player was pushed before play was stopped, the restart would still be a retake of the kickoff, as the ball is not in play.

At this age group, it's likely the players just forgot the ball must go forwards.

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Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Hi Dan
The technical answer is no. The referee may though chose to ignore it as trifling or doubtful which is not the same as advantage.

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