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Question Number: 32554

Law 8 - The Start and Restart of Play 6/30/2018

RE: Grade 8 competitive, amateur Under 19

Ivan Cardona of Hallandale, Fl Usa asks...

Does the referee need to blow the whistle on a dropped ball restart. I ask since it's called and play atopped with a whistle a whistle is needed to restart. I get told Diffrent ways but I see in the world cup the referees don't whistle on dropped balls. I usually voice to the teams clearly that here we go.

Answer provided by Referee Richard Dawson

HI Ivan,
no whistle is REQUIRED for a drop ball, although technically you are not supposed to surprise drop it only to one party as both teams in law have a right to contest it. Often one team will RETURN the ball as a FAIR PLAY moment The premise of the drop ball is simple though once it hits the ground it is in play! NOT before!

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Answer provided by Referee Peter Grove

Hi Ivan,
The referee does not need to blow the whistle for a dropped ball restart. The law quite clearly says this as follows:

''The whistle is NOT needed to:
- restart play from:
- most free kicks, and a goal kick, corner kick, throw-in or dropped ball''

The whistle for restarts is basically for situations where there is some doubt over whether the players should go ahead or there is a need to indicate to the players that the referee is ready for the restart to happen. When a referee is conducting a dropped ball, it is clear when the ball is dropped that this is the signal for play to restart, so they're isn't really any need for a whistle.

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Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Hi Ivan
Referee Grove has quote the relevant section of the Law. A whistle is not normally required.
However the Law also states that
A whistle is needed to restart play after it has been stopped for a:
# caution or sending-off
# injury
# substitution
Many times on a dropped ball it is because of an injury which can take a while to resolve. I always felt that it is helpful with a longish stop to get players attention to the game restarting again on a DB with a whistle. If it is just part of regular play with everyone switched on a whistle is not required.

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