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hammerintheorient 4:43 Sun Nov 24
Rule: Ideally qualified / experienced refs / coaches / players
Today, my son was standing in front of a kid taking a free kick (twice) and the player just passed it sideways - fair enough. When playing during 'my younger years,' we would launch the ball directly at the player in the hope of possibly hurting him a bit and getting to take the kick again while the ref gives him a yellow for not been far enough away from the ball. Am I imagining this and / or has there been a rule change? I did look on the FA website, but I am no less confused! The way I am interpreting it is (and I may well be wrong!) that if a player takes a 'quickie' free kick (the ref doesn't blow), the player blocking the ball's progress can actually get possession of that ball (legally, no free kick or caution, etc). If the ref blows his/her whistle and the player is not x yards or whatever, the ref will book the player and the taker gets to take it again ... am I right on this or is there more to it than this?

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hammerintheorient 12:28 Mon Nov 25
Re: RULE: Ideally qualified / experienced refs / coaches / players
Gents, thank you very much indeed; much appreciated. I'm not meaning to interfere, but it's apparent my boy doesn't know the rule and I wanted to be able to tell him - I can now.

Fifth Column 9:48 Sun Nov 24
Re: RULE: Ideally qualified / experienced refs / coaches / players
In short orient...

as I said, if you're deliberately standing right in front of the ball to stop it being taken then that's a yellow (even before the ball is kicked).

… if the kicker takes it quickly and it goes to opponent who hadn't deliberately been trying to stop the kick being taken then it's no foul.

Re what Gregan said, if you absolutely leather the ball full pelt at opponent blocking the ball it could be a yellow against the taker for unsporting behaviour though it should ALSO be a yellow against the person who'd been stopping the kick from being taken.

Fifth Column 9:37 Sun Nov 24
Re: RULE: Ideally qualified / experienced refs / coaches / players
This is the exact wording of the advice for referees:

When an opposing player who is close to a free kick stops the kick being taken this must be sanctioned with a caution (YC).

However, if a player decides to take a free kick quickly, when an opponent is less than 9.15m away and after the kick has been taken the opponent gets possession of the ball (even though less than 9.15 away) this is allowed as the player took a risk by taking the kick quickly.

gregan 8:56 Sun Nov 24
Re: RULE: Ideally qualified / experienced refs / coaches / players
No idea the official rule, but seen 2 good ones in recent times. First the kicker blasted the ball into the defender who was about a yard away and the ref booked the kicker, but let him take it again. The other one, the kicker again attempted to smash it into the defender to get him booked but missed and the ball just went flying into touch. Play on.

Fifth Column 7:04 Sun Nov 24
Re: RULE: Ideally qualified / experienced refs / coaches / players
"Usually as a ref if someone delays the restart of play like that once then I'll give them a warning. If they do it again then I'll give them a yellow card."

I mean if they deliberately delay the restart of play then I'd give them one warning before giving them a card the second time.

Fifth Column 7:03 Sun Nov 24
Re: RULE: Ideally qualified / experienced refs / coaches / players
I'm a qualified ref.

If you deliberately delay the restart of play it's a yellow card. So technically if you stand in front of the ball to stop it being taken quickly and block it then it's a yellow card.

If you are within ten yards of the ball and the player takes free kick and it hits you but you're not DELIBERATELY seeking to delay the restart of play then it's the taker's fault - it's no free kick and you play on.

Usually as a ref if someone delays the restart of play like that once then I'll give them a warning. If they do it again then I'll give them a yellow card.

If the ref walks the wall or whatever back 10 yards and they encroach when the kick is taken then it's a yellow.

ornchurch ammer 6:01 Sun Nov 24
Re: RULE: Ideally qualified / experienced refs / coaches / players
Let kids play and enjoy football rather than encouraging them to act like mini petulant cunt professionals.

The old c wing 5:36 Sun Nov 24
Re: RULE: Ideally qualified / experienced refs / coaches / players
Tell him not to do it because he's a cheating little shit instead

hammerintheorient 4:45 Sun Nov 24
Re: RULE: Ideally qualified / experienced refs / coaches / players
I want to tell my boy, "don't do that because you are unnecessarily risking a pointless yellow card," but I am not sure whether or not this is good advice any more ...





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