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Question Number: 25440

Law 6 - Assistant Referee 9/16/2011

RE: Competitive

Todd Wendorf of Marysville, PA US asks...

This question is a follow up to question 25418


It should be noted that USSF recognizes the need for Club Linesmen as a substitute when there is only a Center Referee available or one of the ARs fails to show. In those cases, the Club Linesman is only to call Ball IN/OUT -- No direction, No Offside, No fouls, No indication of Corner/Goal Kick, No goal indication.

This is the case EVEN if the Club Linesman in question, is a certified referee. They are instructed to only fill the role of a Club Linesman, not a full-fledged AR.

This improves the impartiality issue as the CR is not supposed to take any direction (except ball in/out) from a Club Linesman.

Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Hi Todd
thanks for that clarification and indeed that is the point I made in my answer which is universal with the exception of offside. The CR can make the ultimate call and overrule

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Answer provided by Referee Gary Voshol

You are correct, a club line is restricted to calling ball in or out.

I recall a game several years ago where a fellow referee served as club line in a game his child was playing. (We assign only a single referee to U8 and U10 games, and each side supplies a club line.) I reminded him that he'd only be calling the ball out. There was a close offside situation, and I looked over to the line to see him standing there in perfect position, grinning at me. I could just hear him, "Make up your own mind, Gary." Thanks, Peter.

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Answer provided by Referee Keith Contarino

The question you reference did not deal with club linesmen but assistant referees assigned to a match. what you say,of course, is correct

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