‘Never ask a Referee - Ask Us!’ is a great addition to the
SAY website and an great opportunity for anyone with questions about the game
of soccer to get the right answers. We know answers concerning
policies, rules, laws and guidelines aren’t always available to you on the
field at the time of play. That’s why we’ve developed this section of the
website, where SAY Members can submit their questions to Charlie Keaney, SAY’s
Director of Officials and Referee Training Coordinator. Then, questions and
answers that we feel are helpful to the general membership will be posted here
for easy viewing.
Questions must be submitted via email to
firstname.lastname@example.org please be sure to include the
Ask a Referee - Ask Us!
Body: Your Question, Your Name, Area/District, Your Role (coach,
parent, referee, etc)
When taking a Corner kick , why do we have an
arc in the corner ? Does the ball have to leave the arc to be in play?
by MIke S.
A. The arc is there to serve as a boundary as to
where the ball can be placed for the
taking of the corner kick. As long as any portion of
the ball is on or within this corner arc, then the ball has been properly
placed. That is the only function that the corner arc serves.
For the ball to be in play from a corner kick it merely needs to be kicked and
move. The ball need not leave the corner arc to be in
play, just as long as it
has moved (even if only a slight distance). In a situation where the ball
is immediately kicked off the field and
out of bounds, it still has been kicked
and it still has moved some distance (although slight) within the field of play
leaving the field.
In a SAY Passers game, the goalie punts the ball
straight into the air and catches
his own punt. What is the restart?
A. At the Passers (U-8) and Wings (U-10) level in SAY
there is no infraction... play is
allowed to continue with no stoppage. There is no
restriction on the goalkeeper from immediately picking the ball up again after
he's put it back in play. In this case the goalkeeper can catch his own
punt and there is no infraction of the SAY Laws. At the Strikers (U-12) and
older age levels it would be an Indirect Free Kick infraction if the
goalkeeper catches his own punt. Letter of
the Law simply put... a goalkeeper, having released the ball back into play,
may not touch the ball with their hands again until it is touched by another
Common Sense (Law 18)... would
suggest that the referee weigh the game situation, playing conditions, player
skills and apply Law 18 in concert with the Letter of the Law in the fairest
The attacking team kicks a long ball down the
field near to the opponent's corner
post. The defending goalie leaves his
penalty area, runs over and collects the ball with his feet, and then dribbles
the ball back into his penalty area. Can the goalie now pick up and
possess the ball with his hands?
A. Simply put... YES.
Goalkeepers have the ability and right to
play anywhere on the field just like any
other player and have the right to collect the ball with
their feet just like any other player inside or outside their own penalty
area. When doing so, goalkeepers can then either dribble the ball up the
field as an attacking player typically would, kick the ball up field as a
defending fullback typically would or dribble the ball back into the penalty
area (which defending fullback could also do).
Now, goalkeepers do have the privilage,
via their designated position, of being able to play the ball with their hands
within their own penalty area. In this case, since no violation up to
this point has occurred, it is perfectly legitimate and a viable play for the
goalkeeper to take possession of the ball with his hands.
Can referee's issue and display
yellow or red cards to players, substitutes or substituted players after the
game? Yes or no?
put, YES. Although not specifically stated in the rules as such, the authority
of the officials begins when they enter the field area and ends when they leave
its immediate surroundings. The red card, whether issued before during or
after a match, connotes that a severe breach of behavior has occurred. A
red card does have subsequent consequences, i.e. additional game suspension(s),
even when issued after a game. Care should be taken by the game officials
not to over-react in such situations, as it may tend to intensify the situation
even further. A better approach may be to avoid showing a red card at the
time and then later filing a game report on the incident to league authorities.
On the other hand, the issuance of a formal caution (yellow card) after the
game serves no purpose, since it really has no subsequent consequences
attached. Showing a yellow card in such a situation would 1) typically
seem like a wasted effort; 2) have more of a tendency to escalate a situation;
and 3) make the referee appear foolish and subject to ridicule.
Any player required to leave the
field of play to correct his equipment may return
with the referee's permission as soon as the correction is
completed even if play is continuing. Is this right?
In such a situation the player may re-enter the
field-of-play only with the
referee’s permission AND only while
the ball is out-of-play.
SAY Law 8-B ….. "A player
who has been instructed to leave the field of play shall not return without
first reporting to the referee, who shall
determine that the player’s equipment
is in order.”
SAY Law 8-C …. "The player shall only re-enter the game at the moment when
the ball has ceased to be in play and only with the referee’s permission.” Remember, the ball is considered to be out of play when 1) it
completely leaves the field of play or 2) whenever the game has been stopped by the referee (whistle for a foul, stoppage for an injury,