Some of the interesting clarifications:
- The Glossary defining a kick: “The ball is kicked when a player makes contact with the foot and/or the ankle.” This will eliminate the belief that when a defender “stops” the ball with his foot and leaves for the goalkeeper to pick it up, because the defender did not kick the ball, is a violation of the Law.
- Handling the ball. It was always the concept that the throwing of an object was an extension of the arm and therefore it was taken as handling. The Law does not consider the throwing of an object as handling but as a DFK offense. The outcome is the same but the Law reference is not.
- Two offenses at the same time. Referees need to punish according to the Law, two offenses at same time: Two cautions.
- Offenses against a team mate (or team substitute/team official). It is important to make clear distinction between the ball in play or not or if it occurs on or off the field. These type of modifications to the LOTG makes it imperative to explain to referee how the traditional definition of a foul is now obsolete.
From Wayne Merrick (Cal South): Kicks from the Penalty Mark Procedures: Offenses & Restarts
2017 Cal South LOTG Modifications for all 7v7 and 9v9 matches
- 7v7 Small Sided Games: Frequently Asked Questions
USSF Advice to Referees (2013 most recent version)
USSF Guide to Procedures (2012 most recent version)
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