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Question Number: 33047

High School 2/6/2019

RE: High School

Larry of Danville, CA US asks...

This question is a follow up to question 33039

I believe high school is now consistent with IFAB when considering DOGSO in the penalty area. Referencing a recently revised section in the 2018/2019 NFHS Rules Book:

'Section 12.8.1 Situation D: Player A, while attempting to play the ball, trips the attacking player in the penalty area, denying an obvious goal-scoring opportunity. Ruling: The official awards a penalty kick to the opponents and issues a caution to Player A.'

Answer provided by Referee Richard Dawson

Hi Larry ,
I was sort of right in I mentioned they would likely follow suit lol That is why I rarely comment on USA high school as I do not do USA high-school matches so I am often unaware if the rules change . I do try to reread & post the links but it is why FIFA has the one set of laws policy world wide, even as I understand the degree of responsibility the education system tries to instill in the participants treating the game as an outdoor classroom.

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Answer provided by Referee Joe Manjone


You are correct. The rule that you state is a new change that removed a situation where a player is disqualified and a penalty kick awarded. The rules committee felt that the old rule was too strict and was penalizing a team twice for the same misconduct.

I appreciate your pointing this out.

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Answer provided by Referee Peter Grove

Hi Larry,
Sorry for getting this wrong earlier. I just re-checked and as ref Manjone has pointed out, you are entirely correct. The play ruling you reference is based on a new section 12-8-1f, 15 which I had overlooked before and which states that:

''A player, coach or bench personnel shall be cautioned (yellow card) for:
f. unsporting conduct, including, but not limited to: 15. A player who commits an offense against an opponent within his/her team penalty area which denies an opponent an obvious goal-scoring opportunity and the referee awards a penalty kick, if the offense was an attempt to play the ball.''

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Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Hi Larry
Good catch and thanks for pointing this out. Answers have been amended
One of the challenges of rule / law changes is ensuring everyone is up to date.

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