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Question Number: 1672

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Nick Wallace of Ephrata, WA USA asks...

I recently watched the USSF video "Myths of the Game". In the video was a segment on throw-ins, during which the commentator stated that there is nothing in Law 15 prohiting spin or rotation. This is true and accurate...The commentator then stated that a throw-in directed straight downward (a spike) is illegal. My difficulty with this contention is that I see nothing in Law 15 that prohibits a throw-in directly into the ground, just as I see nothing that prohibits spin or rotation. If the logic is that spin and rotation is acceptable because Law 15 does not prohibit these things, then a throw-in directed straight down must be acceptable as well because it is not precluded in Law 15...Please explain the basis for the claim that a throw-in directed straight down is illegal. Thanks

Answer provided by Referee Victor Matheson

I cannot explain how "spiking" the ball is illegal. This very statement in the video ruins the otherwise excellent video for me. As you say, I see nowhere in the LOTG that prohibits throwing the ball straight down. Why they added this little bit is beyond me.

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Answer provided by Referee miller

The USSF Advice to Referees is specific on this issue (although I don't know what the rationale is) "15.3 PROPERLY TAKEN THROW-IN.?A throw-in directed straight downward (often referred to as a "spike") is therefore not correctly performed and may result in the restart being awarded to the opposing team. There is no requirement in Law 15 prohibiting spin or rotational movement."

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