Soccer Referee Resources
Home
Ask a Question
Articles
Recent Questions
Search

RSS FEED Subscribe Now!

Q&A Quick Search
The Field of Play
The Ball
The Players
The Players Equipment
The Referee
The Other Match Officials
The Duration of the Match
The Start and Restart of Play
The Ball In and Out of Play
Offside
Fouls and Misconduct
Free Kicks
Penalty kick
Throw In
Goal Kick
Corner Kick


Common Sense
Kicks - Penalty Mark
The Technical Area
The Fourth Official
Pre-Game
Fitness
Mechanics
Attitude and Control
League Specific
High School
Other


Common Acronyms
Meet The Ref
Advertise
Contact AskTheRef
Help Wanted
About AskTheRef
Panel Login

Question Number: 31666

Law 5 - The Referee 7/31/2017

RE: pro Adult

arowosaye of lagos , lagos nigeria asks...

what should the ref do if a match is not ended due to fight or arguement? When one side is winning

Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Hi
If a game cannot be completed due to fighting or a team deciding not to continue or outside interference such as poor weather, poor light, spectator behaviour then the game is abandonded and the facts are reported to the League by the referee as to the reason.
The League can decide depending on its Rules of Competition ROCs to allow the result to stand, award the game to one team or order a replay or continue the game from the time the game was stopped.
Generally Leagues rule against teams that cause a game to be abandoned



Read other questions answered by Referee Joe McHugh

View Referee Joe McHugh profile

Answer provided by Referee Richard Dawson

HI Arowosaye,
Sometimes teams forget or do not care about respect & fair play or circumstances of weather or outside interference or bad pitch conditions, poor lighting all force a referee to abandon the match and report the reasoning. . The ROC has guidelines in place that dictate what possible consequences are in store be it a replay, declare a winner or to punish the team responsible If there is one.
Not the referees job to worry about it league takes over!
Cheers



Read other questions answered by Referee Richard Dawson

View Referee Richard Dawson profile

Ask a Follow Up Question to Q# 31666
Read other Q & A regarding Law 5 - The Referee

Google
Web AskTheRef.com
Soccer Referee Extras


Did you Ask the Ref? Find your answer here.


Enter Question Number

If you received a response regarding a submitted question enter your question number above to find the answer


Offside Question?

Offside Explained by Chuck Fleischer & Richard Dawson, Former & Current Editor of AskTheRef





This web site and the answers to these questions are not sanctioned by or affiliated with any governing body of soccer. The opinions expressed on this site should not be considered official interpretations of the Laws of the Game and are merely opinions of AskTheRef and our panel members. If you need an official ruling you should contact your state or local representative through your club or league. On AskTheRef your questions are answered by a panel of licensed referees. See Meet The Ref for details about our panel members.