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Question Number: 3654

Law 10 - Method of Scoring

RE: Div. 2 Under 15

Dave O of Edmonton, AB Canada asks...

The situation is: ..Red player shoots on blue goal -- blue goalie makes the save and then playes the ball up the field. 10 seconds later the whistle goes the match is over...Red Players complain that the ball had gone in-- the referee was 4 meters inside the 18 at a perfect angle to see the fouls but not the best spot to see if the ball fully crossed the line. After the whistle goes for the game being over the referee asked her AR if he saw the ball. The AR say's that he did and the whole ball had crossed the line. When asked why he didn't call it the AR said he didn't know how. Now with the AR 100% sure that the ball crossed the line ---> Can the referee award a goal even though the game is done?

Answer provided by Referee Keith Contarino

I believe we recently answered this question. Yes, based on the information from her AR she can award the goal as the game has not been restarted. I might add that the referee should be flogged for not going over in a pregame with her AR how to get het attention and the AR should likewise be flogged for not knowing enough to signal something with his flag to at least get het attention if he didn't, for some reason, know the mechanics for signaling a goal had been scored.

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Answer provided by Referee Stacy Kalstrom

I agree with Mr. Contarino. This information must be gone over prior to the start of the game. The proper mechanic is for the AR to put her/his flag straight up. The referee, upon seeing the flag will blow the whistle and the AR will then make a ten yard sprint up the line, indicating that a goal has been scored...Thanks for asking, please come again.

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