Post by goldenwhistle on Apr 28, 2014 14:35:42 GMT 10
Hopefully you have managed the kick in the first place and ensured the defence is back the required distance, I try to tell them to get back or away from the ball quickly, however, if is deliberately kicked into the defender before this happens then I think I would let play continue as long as the defender does not try to play at the ball.... It's a tricky one and I'd like to think that I would manage this before it happens.
If the defender is walking back to get back 10 and the attacker kicks the ball into him deliberately before he gets back 10, the attacker has either done this careless, reckless or with excessive force. Free kick to the defender because the attacker deliberately kicked the ball at an opponent and appropriate card for the attacker (yellow for reckless and red for excessive force and no card if it was careless).
If however the defender makes no attempt to get back 10, in other words he is preventing the restart of play, and the attacker kicks the ball into him deliberately either careless, reckless or excessive force, the defender is cautioned for preventing the restart of play and I award an indirect free kick to the attacking team. If the kick by the attacker was reckless, yellow. If the kick was with excessive force, red. Indirect free kick to the attacking team because the defender committed the first offence by failing to get back 10 yards.
I usually get in early and tell defenders standing on the ball "Stay there and its a card". If they still stay there (or wander back very slowly), I follow through with the caution. Once the teams see you act on it once, you never have to do it again. I have often been thanked for this action. Works for me.
I agree, it is good to get on top of it and be tough for even something as simple as the distance at free kicks. Managing this area early helps game control for sure I agree, and the other team, they see you being confident and know what is going on so this helps the whole match.
The little things like managing this well are a good idea.
I should add, that once you identify that you know their intent (to delay the restart) they give future kicks much more room. I rarely have to follow through as they know I'm onto them. It might be once a season to a player that just cannot learn.
For me, standing on the ball at free kicks is a pet hate (an ex player thing) and can easily lead to loss of control for that moment as players jostle for position and the defenders try to keep in front and delay the restart. I don't see why I should let the defence be allowed to disadvantage the attackers twice. Once by the initial foul and again by standing on the ball until their defenders get in position.