I had an incident yesterday where some players still do not understand this law (the penalty kick).
A team mate of the player taking the penalty kick infringed the laws of the game by running into the penalty area just before the ball was kicked.
The kick was taken, the ball was saved by the goal keeper, the ball rebounded back towards the kicker, I immediately blew my whistle after the save and awarded an indirect free kick to the defending team for the infringement by the team mate of the kicker for entering the goal area prior to the kick being taken.
The attacking team tried to tell me the kick had to be retaken.
The lack of understanding of the laws of the game by players is very frustrating, as they then sometimes become hostile because they think the referee is getting it wrong.
There were approx. 20 minutes left to play and the attacking team were down by two goals. They needed this penalty to stay in the game.
The attacking team had already received 3 cautions for dissent and they were a bunch of passionate players. The team are 5th on the ladder and needed a win to stay in touch with the top four. They were playing the competition leaders.
So this is how I handled it:
Prior to the penalty kick being taken, I warned all players (other than the kicker and keeper) not to enter the goal area until the kick has been taken.
I blew my whistle for the penalty kick to be taken.
As the kicker ran in to take the kick, I saw two attackers entering the goal area just before the kick was taken.
I Blew my whistle immediately after the save by the goal keeper, with one hand in the air indicating an indirect free kick and the other hand pointing in the direction towards half way indicating that the indirect free kick was for the defending team.
I also said at the same time in a loud voice "indirect free kick against Yhuier (the attacking team) for entering the goal area prior to the kick being taken".
The attacking team looked at me very surprised and as if I was making this law up. A couple of players came up to me immediately and one of them said "the penalty kick should be retaken, what you just said I've never seen or heard of before". I then said "well it's in the rule book" and I then quickly moved away from the players and headed up field with my hand up in the air getting ready for the indirect free kick to be taken.
The attacking team was still saying "what, what?". I then turned to them with my index finger over my lips indicating for them to be quiet and my other hand reaching for a card from my pocket if they don't stop talking. With that action they stopped the questioning. No need for a caution (yellow card). I blew my whistle for the defending team to take the free kick. They did and it was play on.
A few minutes later down the other end of the park there was a break in play in preparation for a corner kick and another player asked me about the penalty kick infringement. I told him the same thing "It's in the Laws of the game". Another surprised look from the player but no words.
JD, now let's have a look at your situation. If the defender entered early and the attacker missed, shouldn't it be a retake of the penalty kick? ;D
Set the scene upfront for the penalty take. Quickly called the decision once IFK was required, then ran up the field rather than stay in the spot.
A trick I recall from a general meeting video scenario last year was the idea that the referee walk past behind the penalty spot and towards the far side of the penalty arc and make sure that they point to the line so the far side players are given a clear indication to stay out. This was a good video clip of what to do to put things in your favour before the kick is taken.
The idea is there is not need to rush the taking of the penalty kick I believe. Make sure it is done in a calm manner.
Then you spoke to the players, gave them a signal not to complain and the hand to pocket.
Sounds like something well managed.
Still explaining the law to the player later on as well is not too bad.
For my situation, yes - a retake - what I found interesting was the player that noticed what would have happened if his own teammate did not enter the penalty area and then he asked me about it a bit later as play moved on.