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Question Number: 15054

Mechanics 3/27/2007

RE: competive College

ryan roschnafsky of waterloo, il usa asks...

how do referee signal that there was a foul when refereeing a deaf soccer game

Answer provided by Referee Mike Gartenhaus

The referee will signal the same way he would for a normal game. However, before the game, the referee must talk to the sign interpreters for each team and let them know when to signal thier players. Generally, the deaf players will look at the interpreters frequently during a game. This comes up in Special Olympics every year, though I have never had to officiate an entiore team that was deaf. Common sense should be used to allow participants to safely enjoy their game.
Thanks for writing.

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