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Question Number: 8767

Law 10 - Method of Scoring

RE: Rec Under 12

Marc of , KS asks...

Hi, Last season I was AR in a few U10 games and several times the goalie would be standing behind the goal line (so pretty much in the actual goal) a offensive player would than shoot the ball. The ball rolled toward the goal slowly and the goalie picked up the ball(while the ball was on the line) but the goalie was still behind the line. I realize at the time he picked it up it wasn't a goal but when he lifted the ball it MAY of crossed the goal line(very hard to tell if) . What would you do? Award the goal or let play go on.

Answer provided by Referee Chuck Fleischer

Marc what I would do if the whole of the ball crossed the whole of the goal line, under the cross bar and between the posts, is raise my flag asking the referee to stop play. When he blew the whistle to stop play I would sprint a short distance up the touchline, towards the halfway line, signifying I saw a goal. The referee would award a goal, not me! If the referee waved off my flag I would hold it there a bit (kind of insisting) if he waved me down again then HE allowed play to continue. ..Regards,

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Answer provided by Referee Keith Contarino

Mark, you say the ball was picked up while on the line. Unless you are absolutely sure the keeper carried the ball ALL the way over the line, you best let plsy continue. I would talk with the center who will probably want to talk with the keeper's coach. After all, at this age group, we are also instructors to a degree

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Answer provided by Referee Laflin

Hey Marc..As Ref Contarino says, you should be speaking to the referee about it who can have a word with the coach/the keeper just to remind him that if he accidentally crosses the line with the ball, it's a goal. Only if you're absolutely certain about the ball crossing the line should you raise your flag to indicate to the ref a goal has been scored. ..Cheers,

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