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Question Number: 29722

Law 3 - Number of Players 9/20/2015

RE: Competitive Under 17

Aaron Speca of Virginia Beach, Virginia United States asks...

This question is a follow up to question 29709

Thanks for the response! I should have clarified that the AR had the flag in a position held horizontal with both hands and not straight up with one hand ... and I agree that the CR seeing that should probably have waved the flag down as play had already restarted, or the AR should have just dropped it as soon as the restart occurred.

I turned it into a what if scenario, but actually the only difference between what really happened in the match I was watching and what I described, was that the keeper did not gain control of the ball. Instead she knocked it away and a collision occurred, both just after the whistle. She did actually have to leave the game, unfortunately.

The restart was a dropped ball to the substitute keeper (who happened to be my daughter, something she was absolutely THRILLED about ... not).

Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Hi aaron
Once play restarted the AR should have dropped the flag and resumed his AR duties. Poor mechanics caused the issue so the learning point is for the AR to have better communication with the CR on substitutions.

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Answer provided by Referee Richard Dawson

Hi Aaron,
as usual the concept of ...effective communication... is a standard of excellence referees require to eliminate or address unnecessary problems. How much the associations try to encourage younger referees to take their ..JOB.. as that what it is, in a more serious fashion, reflects the quality of the officials and the organization they belong to!

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