It is interesting to note that there are alot of referees that turn a blind eye to a section of Law 8 dealing with kick-offs, either from the commencement of each half or after a goal has been scored. I have seen the recipient of the kick-off, a player of the same team, already stand in the opponent's half when receiving the pass which is not in accordance with the LOTG. It clearly states that all players must be in their own half of the field of play at kick-off and there is definitely a trend that this encroachment is allowed to continue by the referee. The referee simply addresses the matter to the player(s) concerned before the whistle is blown to (re)commence play.
Last Edit: May 8, 2012 12:07:45 GMT 10 by rhythmlynx
Good point rhythmlynx, always good to point out the little things that should be done to make things work smoothly.
For some reason, I think the recipient of the ball is a little scared they won't get it in time from their teammate who is 1/2 metre away and passing it straight to them, before the opposition attackers have run those 10 yards and caught them...they are very fast those attackers who have just scored a goal, they are excited, they are keen to get the ball back it seems.
Maybe the centre circles are not being marked the full distance perhaps?
Eca, without seeming to be pedantic it would be wise to allow the game to start even if there are very minor technicalities that won't have a bearing on the progress of the game. You could argue that if an opponent may have also taken one step inside the centre circle a split second before the kick-off, are you going to pull that up as well? I think not. I was mainly talking about the recipient player from the kick-off standing up to a metre or so inside the opponent's half at about 45 degrees from the ball before the whistle is blown to commence play.