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Question Number: 6869

Law 17 - Corner Kick 11/16/2003

RE: Rec. Under 10

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We had a game where our team took a corner kick. The ref. placed the ball and our kid kicked and scored a goal. Ref blew whistle for a goal and all the kids were back on center line when opposing coach walks on field and tells ref that there was a chair touching the corner of the field directly behind where the kid kicked from. Interestingly, it was one of that coaches parents. The ref then takes the ball from center and makes our kid rekick, he doesn't score now maybe because he is very confused. When half-time came the coach asked what that call was and ref explained that our team had a disadvantage because of obstruction and also it didn't count because a corner kick can't go directly into goal???Bull. We ended up tying the game. It knocked us down in standings. Should our team have been given the point back? some officials said yes immediately. Others said a mistake was made but they couldn't override the refs decision.

Answer provided by Referee Chuck Fleischer 11/16/2003

Parents and coaches are there to watch, something they are very capable of. Beyond that they begin to demonstrate their ignorance and lack of knowledge of The Game. The referee had it right, after that he got it wrong. ..As soon as the coach walked on to the field he needed to be disciplined, if he failed to respond to the discipline immediately he should have been dismissed from the field and its confines. ..As to what to do, the referee may change his decision if play has not restarted, he changed it and you restarted play with the second corner kick. Unlucky, this is the end of the discussion...Remember that under no circumstances are parents to attempt to influence a referee in this sport, should they try they should be asked to leave or the match ends. They teach their kids to have no respect for authority, they teach their kids to ignore laws and they ruin The Game for those of us who love it. ..Regards,

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Answer provided by Referee Keith Contarino 11/16/2003

This referee allowed a coach to influence a proper call he already made. Obstuction??? What kind of nonsense is that? If said chair interfered with play in any manner, it would have hindered the taker of the kick, who had scored! If the referee said you can't score directly from a corner kick, he is flat wrong and needs to re-read the Laws of the Game 5 or 10 times. Unfortunately, he changed his mind in proper fashion and your player missed, but the referees decision is final. I agree with my fellow ref. Parents and coaches should not try to influence the referee. This isn't baseball,basketball,or football where coaches and fans are expected to act like idiots.

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Answer provided by Referee Gary Sebalja 11/17/2003

The joys of youth soccer and inexperienced referees. The joys of youth soccer and inexperienced referees.

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