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- PLAYERS WEARING HEALTH/FITNESS MONITORS
Question: This question is with regard to Rule 4, player equipment. There is a growing market for wearable health and fitness monitors in the form of wristbands/bracelets. They monitor activity including heart rate, temp and sweat levels. Jawbone and FitBit are two of the leading manufacturers. And the prices are dropping so coaches and referees […]
- REMOVING A PLAYER FOR INFRINGEMENT OF LAW 4
Question: About 10 minutes into a game, it was noticed that one of the players was not wearing shin guards. The laws state that the ref can either wait for the next stoppage or go ahead and make a stoppage and order the player off the field to fix the problem and that player cannot […]
- LEAVING THE FIELD OF PLAY (AGAIN)
Question: Reffing a High School match a few weeks ago I was the CR with my assigning secretary one of my AR’s. Our state has adopted FIFA Laws as our Laws of competition this season. During the game I blew my whistle signaling a direct free kick to a team. The foul occurred near the […]
- PLAYER LEAVES FIELD AT RESTART TO FIND BETTER POSITION
NOTE: My sincere apology to the person who asked this question: I forgot to post it. The best part is that it is relted to the one I anssered this morning, q.v. Question: Team A wins a corner on the bench side. I’m positioned at the intersection of near side penalty arc and penalty area […]
- FOOLISH REFEREES AND HIGH SCHOOL RULES (WHICH I ABHOR)
PLEASE: NO MORE QUESTIONS ON HIGH SCHOOL RULES!!! Question: I watched a HS game last night in Wisconsin and Team A won in overtime and a number of the boys celebrated on the field by chasing the goal scorer as he ran towards his fans. A couple of them had removed their jerseys in celebration […]
- PLEASE, NO MORE Qs ON HIGH SCHOOL RULES!!!
Ladies and Gentlemen, As stated in the About section of this site, we do NOT answer questions on high school rules, which are from another planet. Please do not ask any more questions on games played under HS rules.
- HOW TO FIX TOO MANY MINUTES PLAYED IN FIRST HALF
Question: In a U12 game in which the halves are supposed to be 30 minutes long, what is a referee to do if she discovers that after the first half has ended, the first half was played for 35 minutes instead of 30? Advice to Referees discusses what to do if a half is too […]
- PLAYER LEAVES FIELD DURING STOPPAGE TO AVOID CROWDED PENALTY AREA
Question: Team A wins a corner on the bench side. I’m positioned at the intersection of near side penalty arc and penalty area (solo ref). Team A player goes to retrieve the ball. While Team A player retrieves the ball, his teammate exits the field from the near side goal line, jogs around the goal, […]
- TEACHING REFEREE (AND AR) SIGNALS
Question: I teach classes for beginner referees. I seem to recall, from the murky past, specific instructions for referee signals when indicating free kick versus throw-in direction. Specifically, should the referee face the touchline when signalling (for throw in) as opposed to facing the goal line (for free kick)? I’ve looked thru the Guidance and […]
- DISTRACTING OR OTHERWISE AFFECTING THE PLAY OF AN OPPONENT
Question: What is legal verbal deception? While a forward was breaking to goal 30 yards out unchallenged, a defending midfielder called, “Here. Back to me.”, and the attacker stopped and passed the ball back to the opponent. Checking with our SDI and USSF I am told this is legal deception today: the attacker is totally […]