Soccer Linesman

Every Sunday morning, as we rolled up at pitches across south London and further afield, they would give their excuses. The referee's signal always takes priority over the assistants. Capire le Segnalazioni del Guardalinee nel Calcio. Family, Friends, Fun & Football

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As you change running direction, change the hand holding the flag so it remains in sight of ref. The whole of the ball has to cross whole of the line either on the ground or in the air. Hold flag out horizontal in front of you to indicate a goal kick — do this parallel with goal area line. Be clear with your signals.

Stand firm with the flag held high. Don't 'waggle it' at hip height and then put it down. Was it or wasn't it? Foul throws — ref normally picks up the throwing movement and foot off the ground.

Linesman takes the feet positioning. Both feet must be on or behind the line. Not over the line and on the pitch. Offside — normal advice from referees is to wait a second or two to be fully sure that the person who is in the offside position is active in the game — is he interfering with play, interfering with an opponent or gaining advantage? The maxim for Off-side is 'better late than wrong'. If in your opinion he is Offside, raise the flag, keep it raised and stand still until the ref acknowledges the indication and either awards the free kick or decides not to give it and to play on.

If the Ref decides to play on, then accept the decision with good grace and catch back up with the last but one defender. It is the referees decision to award the offside or not, not yours. If the ref awards a free kick for Offside, lower the flag to indicate where on the field the offence occurred.

You cannot be offside from any of the following: Goal Kick from the ground after ball goes out of play c. Do NOT coach the players if you are running the line. You can commend them on good tackling, great shooting, good header etc, but you cannot tell the defensive line to move up to catch the striker offside. League rules state the linesman should not coach. Be your own man or woman. Strikers will never agree with you. Your 'own' defence won't. Play it as you see it.

Only you will really know if you are being honest; there are very few who are not. If you have serious problems with players or spectators, signal to the referee by waving the flag to get his attention and beckon him over and let him know. He should speak to the team managers and ask them to sort issues out. Substitution Throw-in for attacker Throw-in for defender Goal Kick Corner Kick Foul by attacker Foul by defender Offside Offside on the far Offside in the Offside on the near side of the field centre of the field side of the field.

Respect marking instructions etc Main page.. We Only Do Positive. The referee will then hold the card directly up in the air in front of the player. Advantage is given when a foul is committed by the defending team, but it would be advantageous for the attacking team to continue playing despite the infraction.

The referee signals this by extending both his arms outward and forward from his mid-section. A direct free kick is usually awarded for a harsh foul or intentional hand ball. If the referee gives out a yellow or red card, he will always award a direct free kick. The only time this is not the case is if the foul is in the penalty area, in which case it is a penalty kick. The referee signals this by extending one arm outward to the side of his torso in the direction of the kick.

An indirect free kick is usually awarded for incidental fouls or unintentional hand balls. The referee signals this by extending his arm straight up in the air. The referee signals this by pointing to the nearest corner of the goal. During the World Cup quarterfinals, the most famous blown call in the history of soccer occurred. Diego Maradona, considered by some to be the most prolific attacker in history, went up to head a ball in the 51st minute and blatantly struck it with his hand.

A corner kick is awarded when the defending team kicks the ball over their own goal line. The referee signals this by pointing to the corner flag. A penalty kick is awarded when the defending team fouls the attacking team egregiously while in the penalty box.

A penalty kick will also be awarded for an intentional hand ball in the penalty box. The referee signals this by pointing to the penalty spot in the goal box that the foul was committed in. While the head referee is the primary authority on the field, they rely heavily on their assistants for guidance on tough calls. A throw-in is awarded when the ball is kicked over the touch line. The team that kicks the ball over the touch line loses possession, and the opposing team is awarded a throw-in.

The linesman signals this by extending his corner flag out horizontally in the direction that the throw is given. The linesman signals offside by holding his flag directly up in the air with one arm.

The linesman signals a goal kick by extending flag out horizontally towards the corner of the goal box. The linesman signals a corner kick by pointing his flag down at the corner flag. In international play, teams are allowed three substitutions in a match.

When a coach makes substitution, he will notify the linesman and send the incoming player to the midline. During the next stoppage of play, the linesman will signal the substitution by holding his flag horizontally over his head with both hands. Now that you have a fundamental understanding of the calls made by soccer referees, you can get out there and enjoy the finer points of the game.

You may even get a chance to correct a referee, but always remember to be respectful and play hard!