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Question Number: 27961

Law 3 - Number of Players 11/1/2013

RE: Rec Under 14

Beth of Lakewood, USA asks...

I was yelled at by a ref for subbing after we scored a goal, without asking permission. I can't find it anywhere now that I'm looking but I thought you could sub after a goal without permission?

Answer provided by Referee Jason Wright


Under the laws of the game, all substitutions require the referee's permission.

If a substitution is made without the referee's permission, the laws actually require the referee to caution both players - so your players were fortunate there.

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Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Hi Beth
Substitutions require the permission of the referee at all times and it also has to follow the procedure set out in Law 3 of the Laws of the Game.
If that procedure is ignored the player can be cautioned for leaving the field of play without permission and the substitute can be cautioned for unsporting behavior. At underage the referee may act more leniently.
Now what I can also say that the referee should not be yelling at a coach. The referee doesn't ike being yelled and at neither does anyone else. If a mistake has been made it can be dealt with under the Laws and with a professional approach.

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Answer provided by Referee Dennis Wickham

Such substitutions after a goal used to be permitted under high school rules until a change this year. High school rules now match the laws of the game in this respect. All substitutes must wait to be beckoned by the referee.

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Answer provided by Referee Keith Contarino

We assume you are playing by FIFA rules not High School rules where this used to be allowed but now follow FIFA/USSF rules where nt only must the referee be informed but if he is not, both players usually will be cautioned.

I sincerely hope the referee didn't actually yell at you. That's not only rude but also unprofessional. Referees of all people should know what it's like to be yelled at and refrain from doing so themselves

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