I was thinking the same thing. What if there is a foul 25 yds out. Two
defenders in front voluntarily set up at ~ 10 yds. The kicker is making
his run up and another defender comes from behind the ball to interfere.
If the ref says, "Stay 10 yds away" to the defender, has the ref now made
it a ceremonial FK?
This isn't contrived; it is an actual game situation I had earlier this
year. In my case the defender kept coming and blocked the kick. He took
a card and said the attacker never asked for his 10, but now the team had
plenty of time to get everyone behind the ball. If he had stopped and
allowed the kick to happen, have I now interfered unfairly on behalf of
the attackers by ensuring the defender respected the distance? That
doesn't seem right. I'm using my voice to prevent misconduct. Isn't this
what we're taught to do?
Robert D. Canavan wrote:
> Doesn't this sort of response by USSF play into the popular coach/player
> notion that defenders do not have to retreat 10 yards unless the attacking
> team request it?
> Bob Canavan
> At 7/22/2003 02:31 PM-0400, Michael Cotleur wrote:
>>Gosh - someone didn't like our discussion on
>>SOCREF, and did what I have done on occasion -
>>went to the mountain!
>>[Background - Dennis posted 'in re' a new post from Jim Allen, and set
>>a mini-firestorm. The official USSF Word: at FKs, refs are to Keep
>>Mouths Shut, "unless you have to or are asked to step in"]