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Question Number: 20932

Law 3 - Number of Players 3/5/2009

RE: Rec Adult

Tom Woodruff of Red Wing, MN. United State of America asks...

After a goal is scored, I realize before the restart of the game, that the scoring team had too many players on the field what is the santion?

Answer provided by Referee Gary Voshol

The extra player is identified, cautioned(*) and told to leave the field. The goal does not stand. Play is restarted with an IFK to the opponents. This kick would be taken from the position of the ball, but since the ball was off the field, it is taken from any point in the goal area - just like a goal kick, except it's indirect.

(*) If the extra player is on the field because of sloppy substitution mechanics by the referee team, a caution is hardly fair.

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Answer provided by Referee Michelle Maloney

Moral of story - count, count and count again before restarting play after substitutions - especially if there have been very many. And assign this task to the ARs - one for each team.

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Answer provided by Referee Keith Contarino

The goal is called off and you restart with an IDFK to the opponents from anywhere in the goal area. This situation probably occurred because you had unlimited subs and did not follow the rules in Law 3 governing substitutions. Never let a sub onto the field before the player he is subbing for is completely off the field. Only allow one team to sub at a time at a goal kick so you can keep up with the subs. Whenever the substitutions are done, count the players. Do this EVERY time and you won't end up in this situation

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Answer provided by Referee Chuck Fleischer

Another thing your referee team must do is require the nearest assistant to be at the halfway line to supervise the substitution[s]. This simple thing involves two of the referee crew in counting and makes it less likely of an error happening.


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Answer provided by Referee Steve Montanino

Do NOT allow the kick-off. Cancel (aka- disallow) the goal. Identify the substitute who was wrongly on the field. See to it that they leave the field of play, ensure that they are cautioned, and show them the yellow card.

Restart the game with a indirect free kick to the team that had given up the canceled goal.

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