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UEFA Referee Development Programme 2012 Practical Information for Match Officials
obvious goal-scoring opportunities) and a free kick or penalty kick should be awarded immediately. Referees are reminded that in cases when advantage does not materialise, they should stop play and penalise the original offence. This decision must be taken within a few seconds. In cases of offences committed by defenders in the penalty area, referees are advised to delay the whistle and to see how play develops. If the advantage fails to materialise, referee should punish the initial offence and award penalty kick. In summary:
• R eferees must have a wider perspective and not focus just on the foul (its punishment and location).
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• W here advantage is played, the correct disciplinary sanctions must still be taken once play stops.
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• T oo much advantage may cause more serious offences.
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• I t should be very rare to play advantage for defenders in or near to their own penalty area (only if they have full control of the ball; there are no opponents in the vicinity of the defender,etc). • W hen advantage does not materialise, referee should penalise the original offence within few seconds.
Management at free kicks The following procedures should benefit the control and management of free kicks: • O nce any disciplinary measures have been dealt with, ensure that the ball is positioned where the offence occurred as quickly as possible. • If the criteria for a quick free kick have not been met, then the referee must take control immediately. He should then clearly advise the attacker(s) (by showing the whistle) that they must wait for a signal. If the kick is taken before the signal, the free kick must be retaken in all cases, regardless of the outcome of the premature kick, the offending kicker will be given a yellow card. • M anage and remove any defending players in front of the ball. • Manage the ‘wall’ by measuring the distance, not through the wall but to the side and also simultaneously controlling the position of the ball. Any player who refuses to retreat the required minimum distance should be given a yellow card. • T ake up a correct position (monitoring the ball, wall and assistant referee).
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