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Question Number: 29741

Law 15 - Throw In 9/27/2015

RE: Intermediate Under 13

Phil of Tarzana, CA United States asks...

This question is a follow up to question 29739

I've noticed that, in AYSO, a player goes to chase a ball & then tends to go back perpendicular to the touchline, even though the ball was traveling diagonally. As a CR, I usually point to the approximate location of the exit, but the coach is usually yelling instructions so loud that the player can't hear me & the player isn't looking at me, anyhow. i.e. It's not an intentional infraction.

1. Would you blow the whistle to get the player's attention before the throw-in?

2. If they threw it from several yards away from the correct spot, what would you do?

Thanks again,

Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Hi Phil
Yes I would suggest using the whistle to get player attention regarding the location of a throw in. A few shorts beeps followed by a hand signal to point to the correct location.
On your second question I would look at each situation on its own merits. The simple decision is to ask for the throw in again. The other option is a turnover. The latter options focuses players minds to ensure it is not repeated which can be helpful particularly when advice is not heeded or constantly pushing the limits.

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Answer provided by Referee Richard Dawson

Hi Phil,
The whistle is useful to stop a player from committing an unnecessary act through carelessness as opposed to deliberateness. A series of escalating short toots is saying,' hey Hey HEY! think a bit, right there please!
As suggested the need to intervene may depend on whether the location has unfairly affected play . The communicative ability of an official to command some attention and set the bar, holding those who try to get more than their fair share accountable. Awarding the throw in to the other team gets their attention to detail in an abrupt fashion but pointing out where and being consistent, makes it a rare occasion.

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