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Question Number: 1594

Law 1- The Field

RE: Gold Under 12

Marika of Vancouver, Canada asks...

Regarding Goal and Corner kicks: In Vancouver we often have fields closed due to rain and are forced to play on all weather fields (ie gravel). Last year a team consistently "teed" the ball during goal kicks and corner kicks. The player would gather a pile of gravel and place the ball on the top of the mound, about 6 inches high. My concerns are what appeared to be an advantage in doing this, the time delay, and the safety factor of having mounds of dirt on the field. Is there any rule we could have called to prevent this? (Ref did nothing).

Answer provided by Referee miller

The Laws themselves are silent on this issue. There is an accepted practice to "play the field as it comes". Also, although it is a United States ruling, according to the USSF Advice to Referees:."1.6 NO PLAYER MODIFICATIONS TO THE FIELD.Goalkeepers or other players may not make unauthorized marks on the field of play. The player who makes such marks or alterations on the field to gain an unfair advantage may be cautioned for unsporting behavior." It would, therefore, be considered USB in the US.

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Answer provided by Referee Victor Matheson

I agree. The players can take a moment to brush off a spot but making a tee is not allowed.

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Answer provided by Referee Keith Contarino

I'm not sure I would allow any match to proceed on a firld of "gravel". Seems very unsafe to me

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