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Question Number: 6766

Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct

RE: Rec Under 14

Darryl of , CA asks...

Per question 6045: I don't understand the response that calling for the ball or saying "I've got it" can be considered unsportsmanlike behavior. Letting temamates know you or someone else is going for ball is a part of the game. Maybe this is something that is taboo in other countries. We have played in local tournaments with local teams composed of a specific ethnic group and they are constantly communicating in their native language in hopes to have an advantage. I have watched several college leveland professional games and players regularly are calling out something. Pleas explain the unsportsmanlie behavior aspect.

Answer provided by Referee Chuck Fleischer

It is not unsporting until it causes an opponent to give up play for the ball. Once that happens the referee must recognize that fact and deal with it, few do. Those that understand it is an act of unsporting behavior are looked upon as little hitlers and belittled by those that do not understand The Game. ..The taboo concerning unsporting behavior applies to this country as well, Advice to Referees on the Laws of the Game states in Paragraph 12.28.1 -Verbally distracts an opponent during play or at a restart- is considered cautionable as unsporting behavior. ..Get used to it, just because everyone does it, and few referees sanction it, it's not proper behavior.....Regards,

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Answer provided by Referee Victor Matheson

Letting teamates know you are going for ball is a part of the game, no question. Calling for a ball to intentionally make an opponent miss has no part in the game.

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Answer provided by Referee Keith Contarino

I agree with my collegues. I will add that oftentimes a player yelling "Mine" or "I've got it" confuses their teammate not the opponent

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