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Question Number: 33894

Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 2/20/2020

RE: Pro Adult

Tom of Petawawa, Canada asks...

Just watching some BFK vs BJK in the super Liga. Free from 20 yards out the wall is set then a players lies down on the pitch behind the wall , ..... looks pretty dangerous to me if the wall jumps and attempts to block free kick and comes down on top of their team mate

Answer provided by Referee Jason Wright

Hi Tom,
I think it's reasonable to have some trust in the defenders in the wall to remember where their teammate is. I wouldn't have a problem with this.
I'd be more concerned if it was an attacker as this would restrict the players in the wall from being able to turn and run towards the goal - as it stands, while they still may have player in the way, it's their own teammate so it's their problem.

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Answer provided by Referee Peter Grove

Hi Tom,
I have also seen this tactic used on many, many occasions and I have to say, it has never occurred to me to worry about the player on the ground. That player (or very occasionally, players) positions themselves a foot or so behind the wall and so unless the players in the wall were to jump backwards, there would be no danger. Based on my observation and experience, players in the wall tend, if anything, to move towards the kicker (even though they shouldn't), which would move them away from anyone behind the wall.

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Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Hi Tom
This tactic has been used on a number of occasions by teams who feel that if all the players in a defensive wall jump together there can be a gap below the wall hence the positioning of a prostrate player.
As to the possible danger I personally think it is extremely limited and one that a referee should not be concerned about. Any one I have seen resulted in no effect on the player and the referee allowed it.
I am not sure if the referee could prevent it and I doubt if it is playing in a dangerous manner.
Here is another example

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