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Prior to the match
- Wear in a position on your belt which allows you to remain comfortable running and in all other duties. This could be the front, back, or side. If using for the first time and unsure, wear the spray during warm ups.
- Ensure the canister works properly by testing a small amount outside of the locker room.
- Ensure a backup canister is available at the 4th Officials table if the canister feels to be less than half full.
During the match
- Utilize the spray within 30 yards of goal when teams have asked for distance or opponents have hindered the restart of play and a ceremonial restart is necessary. This is merely a general rule of thumb, but the spray can be utilized on free kicks in the midfield when necessary.
- After indicating to all players that the restart is ceremonial and on the whistle, spray a small half circle around the ball to indicate the location of the free kick.
- Walk off 10 yards. As a general rule of thumb, walk in line with the goal post nearest the free kick. This way upon reaching 10 yards, you can spray from outside-in. This will prevent you from having to walk "through" the retreating players who are being lined up on the post by the GK. Additionally, you will be closer to your optimum position for the restart of play.
- Do your best to avoid spraying a line that requires you to bend down directly in front of the players. Best practice is to walk past the retreating wall, put down the line, and have the players back up to it.
- Spray a line that is appropriate for the number of players setting up in the wall.
- If the wall has been set inside the penalty area, take a moment to publicly remind the players on the use of theirs hands/arms.
- Return the canister and holster to school personnel. This is not yours to keep. Schools and conferences are taking an additional and unnecessary cost to aid in your efficiency and effectiveness as a referee.
Please view Offside Clip 1 and Clip 2, along with the comments for each.
The Nebraska attacker is correctly ruled Offside as she clearly attempts to play the ball.
IFAB Guidance on Offside:
· The offside player clearly attempts to play a ball which is close to her and this action impacts an opponent.
· The offside player makes an obvious action which clearly impacts on the ability of an opponent to play the ball.
OFFSIDE CLIP 2
Correct decision for No Offside. Even though it seems obvious that the attacker in an offside position was going to play the ball, an attacker from an on-side position makes an attacking run through the mid-field to play the ball.
This is an example of how important it is for ARs to always “wait and see”, and to not anticipate no matter how obvious an outcome seems at the time.
By: Todd Abraham
The IFAB has issued a series of documents outlining changes to the Laws of the Game effective June 1, 2016. The significant changes listed below do not currently apply to the NCAA rules:
• Change: The ball can be kicked in any direction, including backward, at kick-off (previously, the ball had to go forward first);
NCAA Rule: The NCAA rules still require that the ball be played forward at the kick-off. An incorrect kick-off (if the player kicks the ball into his / her own half of the field) requires a re-kick by the same team. Repeat violations may be cautioned. An illegal kick-off (touching the ball a second time before another player touches it) results in an indirect kick for the opponent.
Preventive officiating tip: If you see only one player standing over the ball at the kick-off remind the player the ball must go forward.
• Change: Players who are injured as a result of a red card/yellow card foul, now may be treated on the field by medical personnel and stay on the field (previously, any treatment by medical personnel required the player to leave the field and referee had to signal the player back on);
NCAA Rule: NCAA rules require that a player treated on the field must leave the field and may be substituted. There is a substitution exception for this situation, however, the player must leave the field.
• Change: Not all fouls that deny an obvious goal scoring opportunity will result in a red card (send-off offense), but rather, depending on the circumstances, the player may be shown a yellow card if the offense is within an opponent’s penalty area.
NCAA Rule: NCAA rules have no such exception. Denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity is an offense that requires an ejection whether it occurs in the penalty area or outside the penalty area.
NCAA Rule 11 - Offside
Q: Can a player on the halfway line be offside?
A: NO – the halfway line is ‘neutral’ for offside – a player has to be in the opponents’ half to be in an offside position.
Q: Are a player’s arms/hands considered as part of the player’s body when judging offside?
A: The hands or arms are not included when judging offside position; this is true for all players, including the goalkeepers. This view is supported by and helps assistant referees as it is often difficult to identify the exact position of the hands and arms.
Q: The rule now interprets that the IDFK for offside can be taken in the player’s own half but how can this be correct?
A: It is correct because: a) a player CAN NOT be in an offside POSITION in their own half b) a player CAN commit an offside OFFENCE in their own half if they go back into their own half from an offside position. (With the exception of offences in the goal area, throughout the Rules every free kick is awarded from the place where the offence occurs, so it is logical that this should also apply to offside)
Q: Can a player who interferes with play after a rebound or save be given offside?
A: YES – interfering with an opponent or play after a rebound or save is clearly an offside offence if the player was originally in an offside position.
Q: For how long is a defending player who goes off the field of play during an opponents’ attack technically on the goal line for offside?
A: It is unfair that a defender who goes off the field of play (often through injury) remains ‘active’ on the goal line until play next stops as play can continue for a long time. The new wording makes it clear that once the defending team has played the ball towards the halfway line and it is outside their penalty area, that ‘phase of play’ has ended and the defender is no longer ‘active’ for offside. This will require alertness from assistant referees and good communication between the referee and assistant referee.
Q: How can an attacking player gain a non-offside advantage when returning to the field of play?
A: The player could come back onto the field of play without the other team being aware and then receive a pass or make a challenge. If the player is penalized for offside no advantage has been gained so there is no need for a caution (YC).
Q: Can an attacking player in the goal net be penalized for offside?
A: Yes, if the player commits an offside offence.
Although there may be differences in verbiage, the NCAA Rules follow the IFAB Offside interpretation. The preceding Q&A are taken from the recent IFAB Offside Law change interpretation.
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By Don Dennison
Not all referees are fortunate enough to be assigned to post-season matches, conference tournaments or NCAA tournament matches. If you are one of the lucky ones, it is imperative that you commit to memory the proper procedures for handling such matches when there is no winner after the regulation 90 minutes of the match plus two 10 minute sudden victory overtime periods.
In such circumstances it is necessary to determine a winner by means of kicks from the penalty spot (or line) as proscribed in NCAA Rule 7.1 . On a personal note, please don’t refer to these as “penalty kicks” as used by the uninformed press and media. There has been no penalty assessed, they are kicks that are taken from the penalty mark.
Allowable Substitution Times:
-Team’s own throw-in (if the team in possession chooses to substitute the opposing team may also substitute)
-Team’s own corner kick (if the team in possession chooses to substitute the opposing team may also substitute)
-After a goal
-When a player has been cautioned (sub may occur for the player(s) cautioned; if such sub is made the opponent may sub an equal number of players)
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