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Question Number: 25464

Law 17 - Corner Kick 9/19/2011

RE: Competitive High School

Jim of Kansas City, Mo U.S.A. asks...

This question is a follow up to question 25426

On the trick corner kicks where the referee was fooled, what is the justification for retaking the corner kick?
The ball is in play when it is first touched and moved, and play was stopped for an inadvertant whistle.
Is not then the proper restart a drop ball where the second touch by the second player occurred, or can the referee just call a 'do over' because everyone knew he missed it?

Answer provided by Referee Dennis Wickham

The retake usually occurs when the referee considers the pre-kick actions to be irresponsible behavior/misconduct - - as when the coach gets involved and tells 'X' to take the kick before the ball is put in play.

The most common restart when the referee is 'fooled' is an IFK for the second touch violation by the 'second' player whom the referee (having missed the original touch that put the ball into play) deemed to be the kicker.

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Answer provided by Referee Keith Contarino

If the referee is fooled, the proper restart is an IDFK for a second touch. We order a retake if there was misconduct before the kick was taken, usually by the coach

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Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Hi Jim
What does the referee do on a restart where he is not ready or he is unsure that it was taken in accordance with the Law or there is an infringement that is not listed in the Laws? It is retaken.
Law 17 states that in the event of any other infringement the kick is retaken. So unless it is clear that there was an infringement of Law 17 such as a double touch infringement ie ball placed inside the arc and touched twice by the same player then it is a retake. If the referee is unsure what has happened then the only options available to him is allow play to continue or a retake. 'Best' decision is a retake perhaps with a comment "I'm sorry. I was not ready. Let's have that CK again"
The last three attempts that I have seen at the professional level all resulted in retakes

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Answer provided by Referee Michelle Maloney

A dropped ball is never a correct restart in these circumstances because there are already proscribed restarts in the Laws. It will be either a retake because the referee was not ready or because there was some issue with the procedure (coach or outside interference for instance) or it will be an IDFK for the second touch as per the requirements of Law 17.

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