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Question Number: 7303

Kicks From The Penalty mark

C. Estoll of , CO asks...

Dear AskTheRef: .. I was the AR assigned to the goal lines during kicks from the mark to determine the winner of a tournaent semifinal game. As the kicks progressed, I realized that while I was aware of how to indicate a problem (raise my flag) - I didn;t know how to indicate that a goal had been scored. This became problematic when a shot went past the keeper, hit the support post in the back of the goal and richocheted directly out of the goal. To many spectators, it appeared that the ball had hit the crossbar and failed to enter the goal. The Ref and I were able to communicate that a goal had been scored, but there was some awkwardness in doing so. After a normal goal, a flag-down sprint up the touchline is appropriate to indicate a goal has been scored - what is the procedure during kicks from the mark?. Thanks,. Chris

Answer provided by Referee Chuck Fleischer

Good question Chris, I've never thought of that circumstance! So what do we have at out disposal? Prematch instructions, or before kicks from the mark a discussion about what the signal is. ..So we don't do that for some reason, all that's left is the flag and our voice because running up the touchline isn't going to work. ..When it happens in front of you there must be something to get the referee's attention. Yelling -Hey Dummy, it's a goal- probably won't work as well as needed, but raising the flag and waiting for the referee to recognize you may work! When the referee looks at you all that needs to be said is -It's a Goal, next shooter please-...Regards,



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Answer provided by Referee Morley

The signal I use when being an AR is to also point directly up the touchline whilst running to indicate a goal, much the same as the referee, so I would suggest that as a possible alternative in future to tell the referee the ball has crossed the line and no infringement has occured. Failing that a simple but discreet thumbs up will also work.



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Answer provided by Referee Nagy

Hello Chris, There are no set guidelines for this but I use a very simple nod up and down for a goal and a shake side to side if no goal was scored. What could be simpler? After all, we are within 20 yards of each other and the meaning of such a signal is unmistakeable. Gene



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