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Question Number: 6684

Law 13 - Free Kicks 10/23/2003

RE: any Adult

Tim Belofsky of Purcellville, VA United States asks...

When if ever will this become a new rule; if the opposing player on a free kick does not respect ten yards, then the ball shall be moved ten yards from its original spot? I believe this rule was used in the EPL last year. If this rule becomes integrated in the laws will the caution for not respecting ten yards be ?thrown out?, or will the ball be moved ten yards forward and the infringing player is cautioned? Also how does the rule accommodate in situation where the ball is less than ten yards away from the box and an opposing player does not respect ten yards, or a situation were there is an indirect free kick in the box.

Answer provided by Referee Chuck Fleischer 10/23/2003

Soon I hope. Ten yards nearer the goal not to enter the penalty area is the current trial. It's in the Premier and Football League in England it's been going on for four years (I think). ..Regards,

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Answer provided by Referee Morley 10/24/2003

The sooner the better this "trial" law comes in the better for all concerned I believe. The ball can only be moved forward though if a caution is issued for dissent at the original decision, not for failing to retreat the required distance though.

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Answer provided by Referee Gary Sebalja 10/24/2003

Hopefully we will hear something in 6 months thats when the changes normally come out. It would be a shame if they decided no to use it.

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