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Question Number: 32612

Law 1- The Field 7/30/2018

RE: Under 17

bob of los angeles, ca usa asks...

if a field uses those corner flags that are spring loaded with a base, that causes the flag to bend back and forth with the wind rather than standing straight upright, what should the referee allow if the flag is in the way of a corner kicker?

had this in a tournament this weekend. should the kicker be allowed to move the corner flag out of the way? should the player/teammate/spectator/referee be allowed or required to hold the flag out of the way?

Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Hi Bob
Yes this happens quite a bit with these flags. The problem is that the springs have become weak or bend easily in one direction.
When doing my field inspection I position the flags in such a way that the bend is backwards and positioned in such a way as to not interfere with the kicker.
If it is not done or happens during the game I would have no difficulty in allowing a player to move the flag out of the way so that the tilt of the flag does not interfere. The flag though cannot be removed.

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Answer provided by Referee Peter Grove

Hi Bob,
A properly designed and installed corner flag should not usually be a hindrance to a player taking a corner kick and if in your pre-match inspection you notice one that is, you should try to get it either fixed or replaced, if at all possible.

If for whatever reason during the game, the flag becomes problematic then the player or a team mate could bend (or hold) the flag back out of the way - but must not remove it.

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