UNSPORTING BEHAVIOR? WHY RED CARD?
There was an incident where 2 high school players were red carded for taking their jersey's off after the game had ended walking off the field for I'd say in disgust since they lost the game. I find that too harsh to be red cards. Now... they were not taunting anyone and they were not doing anything other than walking off the field. So do you give red cards for that or anything for something like that AFTER the game is over? I find it pretty lame that they have to sit out 1 game for something that did not involve another team or any taunting or fighting or throwing of shirts... now if they were taunting or wanting to fight... fine card them... and throwing of shirts... let the coach deal with that. Is it just a judgement call or was that too outrageous??? Many times have i seen other sports where jersey's were taken off right after the game was over but no actions were taken. Also could you elaborate on the rules where it says "unsporting behavior"? I think its too vague of a phrase.
Answer (February 6, 2009):
Coach, we don't do high school rules here, so we can speak only to the Laws of the Game (the rules the rest of the world plays by).
First to "unsporting behavior": The lawmakers (the International Football Association Board) left the words vague for a purpose. That purpose is to enable the referee to apply common sense and intelligence in enforcing the Laws of the Game. Unsporting behavior is any act that could bring the game into disrepute, i. e., any act that runs counter to the spirit of fair play. Some examples: mocking the opponents, as in the removal of shirts during the game; some forms of gamesmanship, such as calling "mine" to fool an opponent; using a cellphone on the field; performing fouls recklessly (without thought for what might happen to the opponent); handling the ball to score a goal; and faking an injury or pretending to have been fouled. There are hundreds of possibilities for unsporting behavior and the referee needs to have this weapon in his or her arsenal.
Second, beyond unsporting behavior, the lawmakers left other portions of the Laws vague as well, for the very reasons explained above.
Third, regarding the removal of shirts AFTER the game, there is absolutely no rule against it. In fact, we see it every day on television at the highest levels of the game.
Finally, as to your question about giving a red card after a game has ended, the Laws of the Game allow a card (regardless of color) to be shown if a player commits misconduct while the referee is still in the area of the field even though the match may have ended.
BALL IN PLAY FROM FREE KICK
my question is on a indirect kick is the ball in play when first touched by the player or is it when it moves and by moves does it have to move at least one rotation.
Ref calls a indirect kick. Places the wall, the kicking team places two player in either side of the ball. The ref whistles to start , and one of the players touches the top of the ball but does not move it. The second player then kicks the ball into the net with out any other player touching the ball is this a goal?
Answer (February 2, 2009):
No, the ball does not have to move a rotation. It must simply move from "here" to "there," as long as it is clear that the ball has been kicked -- i. e., forced into the movement from "here" to "there" by a kicking motion -- and has moved that undefined distance.
As to your question about the goal, no, it is not a goal.
REFEREES WHO CHEAT THROUGH "MERCY"
Is there a penalty, sanction or otherwise for a referee who files an inaccurate game report for the benefit of lowering the league penalties on the teams and players?
I witnessed an adult amateur game prior to my assignment as an incident between 2 players escalated into violent conduct. Both players were sent off by the referee. After the match, the players were seen "negotiating" a lessor card so the penalty from the league would not be so harsh. The referee reported Serious Foul Play instead on the game report.
Answer (February 2, 2009):
Although you have reported what you saw and heard, we feel we should at least lay out why the scenario you describe might perhaps not be as compelling as you have stated.
For example, even if events are exactly as you described, is this really misconduct? There is no indication that the referee was bribed or coerced. Were the referee to have decided not to report the card at all, to report it as a caution instead of a sending off, or to have identified a different player than the one actually shown the red card, this would clearly constitute reportable behavior. But the referee seems only to have changed the reason for the send-off.
Suppose though that the final report did not involve a change at all. You have characterized the original behavior as "violent conduct," but how do you know that the referee at the time so characterized it?
Even if he did consider it violent conduct at the time, is the referee not allowed to reflect upon the specific circumstances, filtered by time and possible additional information, before writing his report? Suppose additional information came from an AR. Would you then argue that this makes it okay, but that being persuaded by information coming from anyone else is misconduct? Your use of the term "negotiating" is loaded -- from a distance, "remonstrating" might be just as accurate. And how do you know why (or even IF) the referee made the change? Players informing the referee of the dire consequences of a card for VC could have simply been justification for the referee deciding to think more carefully about what was seen and done before preparing a final report.
However, if you are utterly convinced that the referee has indeed committed misconduct in the matter of the report, you have the right and the duty to lodge a complaint. Under the USSF Policy Manual 2008-2009, a person who accuses a referee or other game official of misconduct for actions during or away from a match should file a complaint in accordance with the Policy Manual. In a case such as this, Policy 531-10--Misconduct of Game Officials applies:
Section 2. Procedures
(A) Misconduct at a Match
When any game official is accused of having committed misconduct toward another game official, participant, or spectator at a match, or of having a conflict of interest, the original jurisdiction to adjudicate the matter shall vest immediately in the State Association or Organization Member through which the accused game official is registered. In the situation where Amateur and Youth State Associations exist in a state, and the incident of alleged misconduct occurred at a match sanctioned by one State Association, jurisdiction shall vest with the State Association sanctioning the match in question.
(B) Misconduct Away From a Match
When any game official, referee, referee assistant or referee development program person is accused of unethical conduct, misuse or abuse of authority or conflict of interest in any matter in the pursuit of or may affect the individual's official dealings within and as authorized by the Federation, its Divisions, Affiliates or Associates, a State Associations or Organization Member, or a competition, tournament or other appropriate authority, the matter shall vest immediately in the State Association through which the accused game official is registered or through which the referee development program person is appointed.
(C) Any allegation of misconduct or of conflict of interest by a game official as described by subsection (A) of this section, or of unethical conduct, misuse or abuse of authority or conflict of interest as described by subsection (B) of this section, shall be made in writing to the State Referee Administrator or to the State Association(s) or Organization Member that shall report all such allegations including any allegations against the State Referee Administrator, to the State Association(s) or Organization Members through which the accused game official is registered or through which the accused referee development program person is appointed.
(D) Upon receipt by the appropriate Organization Member of a verified written complaint, a hearing shall be conducted within 30 days from verification pursuant to guidelines established by the Organization Member having jurisdiction as provided by subsection (A) or (B) of this section. The guidelines may include referring the complaint to the State Referee Committee for the hearing. The hearings and appeal process shall provide for adequate due process for the accused person including proper notice of charges, the right to bring witnesses in defense, and the right to confront and to cross-examine the accusers.
(E) The Chairman of the hearing committee shall transmit the findings of the committee in writing to all parties concerned including the accused and the accusers and to the State Association(s) or Organization Member within seven days of the hearing.
(F) Any party subject to penalties shall receive, at the time of notification of the decision, a notice of the rights of appeal and a copy of the procedures and deadline dates required for such an appeal to be properly considered. Time for filing an appeal shall start with the date official receipt of the decision by the party making the appeal.
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Our interlocutor did some investigating and came back with this: I did check with the league this morning and the referee did make both red cards SFP.
Further both cards were violent conduct as a player struck a substitute (off the field) with the ball and the substitute (while off the field) threw a punch at a player.
INFRINGEMENT AT PENALTY KICK (OR KICKS FROM THE PENALTY MARK)
I have one question pls give me this question answer. After the match kick on the penalty mark one player take penalty without referee whistle and goal keeper safe 2nd if this one score goal what action referee will take because he take penalty with out referee whistle. I shall be very thankful if you give me this question answer.
Answer (February 2, 2009):
We cannot be responsible for interpretations we give regarding matches that are not played in the United States of America. However, if your match were being played here, then this is your answer: If the penalty kick is taken before the referee signals, the kicker should be warned and, upon repetition, cautioned for unsporting behavior. The kick must be retaken, regardless of the outcome of the first kick.
GET YOUR WITS IN GEAR AND YOUR SIGNALS STRAIGHT
Situation- the keeper comes out of the penalty area prior to releasing the ball from his hands. The AR & Center Referee Both signal a foul- the Center Referee signals a inderect free kick which a attacking players puts the ball into play & another attacker shoots the ball into the net. This is a direct kick violation however the defending coach complians that it confused his players. What is the correct action after this takes place?
Answer (February 2, 2009):
While we could understand the coach's complaint if the ball had gone into the goal after touching one of his players, that did not happen here and no harm has come from the referee's error. It's a nice talking point for referee discussions and for complaining coaches, but worth considering only if the ball was actually played by or made contact with one of the defending team. Now, if the offense had been an indirect free kick offense and the referee signaled for a direct free kick and the ball went in directly, that would be a different matter, one which required a retake of the kick.
REFEREE LIABILITY INSURANCE
In a local club insured by the Ohio North Association, in the case, one team is not able to field 7 players and the 2 teams agree to share the players (insured) and play the game, is the referee covered if he stays to referee the game?
Answer (February 2, 2009):
Yes, the referee is fully covered -- as long as the game is affiliated with the U. S. Soccer Federation.
KICKING TEAM TACTICS AT CORNER KICK; WHEN IS BALL IN PLAY?
I have stumbled upon a few videos on the internet about "tricks" on how to play a corner kick. This one specifically leaves me with quite the bitter taste...as a player but also as a Referee)
All that gesture to make everyone think he's calling a teammate to take the corner kick (and then takes it while starting to go away from the corner kick) can it fall under the "unsportsmanlike behavior" ?
It sincerely doesn't look/appear like a "Fair Play" at all as the only intent is to deceive the opponents in a way that only make me think of "cheating".
There is no "technical" infringement as the ball is played according to the LOTG.
Now, according to the USSF "CAUTIONS AND CAUTIONABLE OFFENSES" memo of 2006 :
A player commits an act deemed by the referee as bringing the game into disrepute (also known as showing a lack of respect for the game, e. g., aggressive attitude, inflammatory behavior, or taunting)
Can this sort of 'act" be considered as an offense (as outlined by the memo) ?
If yes, it should be considered unsportsmanlike conduct therefore the "guilty" player should also be cautioned.
Answer (January 30, 2009):
It is perfectly legal to do this. How could anyone object to this tactic? The player has put the ball in play in accordance with the Laws of the Game. The kicking team is allowed to use such deceptive tactics and SHOULD NOT be punished for them. However, if the kicking player had merely stepped on top of the ball and then left it for the next player, who dribbles it away, that would not have been a legal restart. But even that is not punished with a caution, as it is not misconduct; in that case, the referee would call the second player for a double touch and award an indirect free kick to the opposing team.
ASSISTANT REFEREE SIGNALS
I was wondering why the linesman in USSF are instructed to run to the corner spot to give the signal for a goal kick when in the EPL and most European games I watch on TV they go to the six to signal the goal kick. When a shot taken at the 18 or beyond and is well clear of the goal line my assessor still wanted me to run to the corner spot before signaling. I just think that holds up play and not all centers are going to wait for you to get their before they make there signal.
Answer (Janruary 29, 2009):
The assistant referee's standard position throughout the world is in line with the second-to-last defender or the ball, whichever is closer to the goal line. There is no need to run all the way to the goal line if there is no player within playing distance of the ball, but there is clearly a need for the AR -- there have been no linesmen since 1997, either in the UK or elsewhere in the world -- to run with the ball as far as necessary to be certain where it will go.
While the AR should follow the ball to the goal line in most cases, he or she should not remain dead on the flag to make the signal, but should come back a yard or so to make the correct signal. This allows the flag to be visible to the referee, who must make the final decision. The referee who fails to wait a reasonable time for the AR's signal before announcing his/her own decision is demonstrating a lack of trust in the AR and the concept of teamwork.
RECKLESS OR EXCESSIVE FORCE? YOU MUST DECIDE, REFEREE!
Player 'A' challenges for the ball from the front (or side) with a slide tackle of greater than average force. His opponent ('B') backs off the ball, essentially bailing out of the situation obviously in fear of the possible physical consequences of such a tackle. As a result, 'A' wins the ball cleanly, without touching player 'B'.
IFK, DFK, card, or play on as there was no contact?
Answer (January 29, 2009):
It's always hard to diagnose a situation from the comfort of our desks, but it would appear that player 'A' should, at a minimum, be cautioned for unsporting behavior for his reckless action. At most it would be a send-off for serious foul play. The restart would be a direct free kick for charging an opponent carelessly, recklessly, or with excessive force, as described in Law 12. The decision as to which of these levels of infringement had occurred would depend on the age and skill levels of the teams.
HEADING A LOW BALL
Green team is attacking blue's goal, the ball is bouncing in the penalty area between knee- and waist-height. Green forward dives at the ball to head it into goal and is kicked in the head by the blue defender a.) before b.) after the defender's foot makes contact with the ball to clear it. What would be the proper call in this case?
Answer (January 28, 2009):
That decision can be made only by the referee on the game, who has seen all elements of the play. However, a general guideline is that a player who dives to head the ball below the waist that another player is attempting to kick has not exercised good sense and may be considered to have placed both players in a dangerous position. If there is contact, the foul would normally be called against the player who was trying to head the low ball. If there is no contact, the player attempting to head the low ball would likely be called for playing dangerously.
Defense player (A) standing mid way between half field and the penalty arc, lobs a ball in the air back towards his own goal. Defense player (B) is standing in the penalty arc. There is multiply players from both team between Player A and B. Player (B) in the penalty arc decides to head the ball back to his keeper who picks it up.
The referee in this game called trickery to the pass back rule as he perceived that the original intent of player A was a pass back to the goalkeeper and that player B header was trickery to by step the law and allow the keeper to pick up the ball. He awarded a free kick just outside the 6 yard box.
Was he correct?
Answer (January 28, 2009):
It is not against the Law to head the ball to one's own 'keeper in this situation.
THE REFEREE AS MIND READER; NOT A HAPPENING THING
My question is about an fouls . Before i start, i will state some data:
Blue Team = Defense
Red Team = Attack
* The red team is around the goal of the blue.
So here it goes:
Player from the red team is holding the ball by his feet, trying to turn off player from the blue. The place of both players is close to the out line.
The red player passed the blue player by going OUT of the field, keeping the ball inside.
The Blue player decides to tackle the red player while he is standing OUTSIDE the field.
My question is , if you call for a foul, how do you renew the game ? free kick? from where? If it's a "referee ball" so who get the ball ? if the attack, than what about if its very close to the defense goal?
Answer (January 28, 2009):
A player is allowed to leave the field to avoid an obstacle while playing the ball. This does not require the permission of the referee.
We cannot be expected to read the players' minds. If the Blue player was standing inside the field and stuck his foot outside the field when he tackled the Red player, then he is considered to have left the field without the permission of the referee, because he left the field to commit the offense. The restart -- following the caution for leaving the field to commit the infringement -- is an indirect free kick from the place where the ball was when play was stopped. The Blue player has not left the field during the course of play, but left it specifically to commit what would have been a foul if it had been committed on the field.
Please note that no foul can be committed off the field of play. Such acts are punished as misconduct.
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