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Question Number: 7058

Law 2 - The Ball

RE: dont know Under 14

Rachel of lousiville, kentucky united syates asks...

do referees ever check the amont of air in a soccer ball before the games? Do teams ever get to practice with the ball that will be used for playing in the game?Do they swich balls in games or have they done it in the past. Do storms ever effect the games?Do teams have there own referees?

Answer provided by Referee Chuck Fleischer

The referee is expected to ensure all footballs used in a match meet the requirements of Law 1. Checking the inflation pressure is part of that. Most referees do not use a gauge and take the attitude any ball offered is fine. This is an incorrect assumption. ..A decent coach will practice his team with footballs inflated to near maximum allowed pressure, this trains players to learn with harder footballs. Because it is far easier to play with a lower pressure ball it gives them a subtle advantage over an untrained side. ..Storms only have an effect when dangerous or when the use of the playing ground is denied by scheduling authorities...Some teams are expected to have trained referees but they should not referee their teams. ..Regards,

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Answer provided by Referee Keith Contarino

Hey Rachel. Lot of questions!!!.1) yes. sometimes with an actual guage but each ball is checked to make sure it's properly inflated and in round and conforms to the requirements of Law 1..2) In youth soccer, the home team provides the ball. .3) The referee will usually aprove 2-4 balls to be used during the match..4) Absolutely! Lightning is extremely dangerous. If the safety of the players is at risk the referee will suspend or abandon the game. Rain can be so heavy as to make the playing field dangerous even with no lightning..5) I'm sure teams have their favorite referees but they don't hire them. The referee is always expected to be impartial.Some teams have coaches or players that are also referees. They are not supposed to referee their own team's games..Thanks for the questions!!

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