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Question Number: 6141

Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct

RE: Private High School

James of Tyler, Tx USA asks...

I was the linesman in charge of the substitutions. During the game the coach substituted a player at the appropriate stoppage of play. The player left the field and sat down. Later during the game the same player (not being sub'd in) stood by the half-way line when the ball was played long. It was on it's way out of bounds when the player stepped onto the field and chested the ball. I called a foul and the ref gave a yellow card. The coach of the team (who is a R7) said that I should have used "Common sense" because the ball was on the way out of bounds and should not have called it. What is the correct call?

Answer provided by Referee Chuck Fleischer

You merely called the referees attention to a misconduct, as is your responsibility. The referee elected to stop play and caution the substituted player for returning to the field of play. The coach, whose opinion is of little consequence in this instance, should have kept it to himself. If he did this during the match I would have spoken to him and mentioned his name on the match report using less than complimentary language. ..If it is known that a substitute or substituted player has entered the field of play, in an American High School game, the correct thing to do is stop play, caution and remove the substitute and restart play with an indirect free kick at the point it was when play was stopped (NFHS Rule 13-2-2k.). NO MATTER WHAT THE COACH THINKS! ..Note this restart differs from the Laws of the Game, that restart is a dropped ball. In both the Laws of the Game and NFHS Rule this caution SHALL be given, in other words the referee must caution...Well Done...Regards,

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Answer provided by Referee Gary Sebalja

Laws are Laws, if I was the coach I would have blasted the player for being stupid. I have had a dog run to the ball as it was on it's way and had to drop a ball right next to the line. All the players were up in arms about saying just give the other team the throw. The problem is if you slacken off on one rule the next comment is going to be "well you didn't call it properly over there" and then you will lose controlof the game.

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