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A simple adjustment of a soccer law by Ref. Bob


You might be interested in this attachment, dealing with your irritation about free kicks being delayed because the referee takes no action. It is what I and other instructors use in clinics.

Your comments are correct, by the way. Well done!

Best wishes,
Robert (Bob) Evans,
FIFA Referee 1979-88,
FIFA Referee Instructor 1990-92.
National Referee Instructor/Assessor.


(A few ideas for you to give your player-friends.)

1. Referee is setting the wall, and while he is doing so, another defender walks towards the ball. Referee does not keep his eye on the area around the ball, and so does nothing.

[Should be a caution]

2. The wall is set, but just as the referee is about to blow his whistle, a player from the defending side walks or slowly jogs from midfield right past the ball to join his other defenders. He effectively interrupts the taking of the kick.
[Should be a caution]

3. A defender picks up the ball after the whistle and walks away with it, finally tossing it to the referee, or to the area of the kick. LA do this a lot. Referee needs to see this early and shout for the ball, with a warning.
[at least a chewing-out]

4. After the whistle, a defender dribbles the ball a short distance away and then leaves it for his opponents to retrieve. Referee needs to react as in number 3.
[at least a chewing-out]

5. Referee is at the site of the free kick, and a defender comes to him to argue the decision, thereby delaying the kick. A variation is for the player to bring the ball and hand it to the referee, but the effect is the same – delay.
[at least a chewing-out]

6. Player who did the foul stays down at the site of the free kick, but gets up once enough defenders are back and there has been a delay.

[a chewing-out for feigning injury, or in an important tactical situation, a caution]

Basic points:

Referees have to be proactive, not just wait for the wall to form.

Referees have to look around the ball, as well as at the wall.

Referee has to see the attempts at delay early in the process and jump on it to make it clear what his attitude is about attempted delays. Too many referees are simply accepting the delays. They are not “enforcing the laws”.

Posted on 13 Jun 2007 by coachgianni
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