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Question Number: 21090

Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 4/5/2009

RE: junior soccer Under 16

Hayden of wollongong, nsw australia asks...

hello, im a newbie referee and im starting centre this weekend. I know basically everything but...if player A deliberately kicks or punches (resulting in a card) player B, would i stop play instantly, give the approporate card to player A, then restart player with a free kick awarded to Team B? if this is right, would the kick be indirect or direct?

Answer provided by Referee Keith Contarino

You say you know 'basically everything'. You might want to rethink that statement given the question you have asked.

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Answer provided by Referee Gary Voshol

By 'basically everything' I'm sure you're including fouls and misconducts in your knowledge. Your question seems to indicate that A and B are opponents. If a player fouls one of the opponents, such as by kicking or striking, you know the restart, don't you?

You always have the option of allowing play to continue for advantage. But if there is also misconduct involved, you should evaluate carefully whether stopping play is the better option. For violent conduct especially, the match should be stopped sooner than later, so things don't escalate. Only if the ball was headed straight into the goal should you probably consider advantage in those tense situations.

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Answer provided by Referee Chuck Fleischer

Hayden, one would hope you are going to referee at a lower skill and age than U16. You need time to develop and make mistakes so you may learn your trade. Watch ANY referee and you will find mistakes and that includes those on the television. What you hope happens is the mistake[s] you make do not affect the outcome of the match. Ref Voshol asks you some questions, basic questions at that! Should you not have the answers to those questions readily at hand in the relative security of your home how do you expect to find them with red faced parents yelling at you? Not gonna happen, son. Get into the books at every spare moment. Take the time to drill a 3-4 mm hole in the upper left corner of the Laws of the Game and tie a length string there. Use it to hang the Laws next to the toilet roll so you'll never be without a copy at hand. Study, study, study until your mates can pop a question at you and you have the answer instantly, nothing else will do.


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Answer provided by Referee Steve Montanino

If player A struck player B, that is a direct free kick foul, IF:

1. PlayerA is a player
2. Player B is an opponent
3. Player B is on the field of play
4. The ball is in play at the time of the striking.

If I were you in this case, I would stop play immediately caution or send-off the player and show them the appropriate color card, and then permit the Direct free kick/penalty kick to take place.

Please look over, memorize, and incorporate the list of 10 direct free kick fouls and 8 indirect free kick fouls into your memory. You MUST get restarts correct in the matches you referee, or else you will be subjecting many teams to protests.

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