Video Instruction; Penalty Decision
A lot of time has been spent with the video instructional series on differentiating challenges. In no place is it more important for the referee to possess the ability to decipher the fair from the unfair than it is in the penalty area. It is vital that the referee be positioned with the optimal line of sight to all incidents in and around the penalty area given the magnitude of a penalty kick decision and its potential impact on the game. Along with good sight lines, the referee must be able to distinguish a fair tackle from a tackle that is careless, reckless or committed with excessive force.
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NISOA Official Decision
NISOA Official Decision: No Foul
This is not considered a trip or attempting to trip. Consider the movement of the defender a natural movement in order to retreat to goal for position. We do not want to award a penalty kick under these circumstances. Those include the location of the ball, and the distance of the player to the ball.The attacker does not have the opportunity to play the ball (speed of ball and turf field). Lastly, the contact is trifling.
Teamwork: Getting the Call Right!
Assistant Referee Involvement is required for certain game critical decisions when the AR is 100 percent certain of what he/she observed – regardless of the position of the referee. Some of these situations include:
- Decisions the “game requires” or the “referee requires” vs. simple fouls in the midfield – like a penalty kick
- Misconduct (serious foul play / violent conduct): yellow card, red card
- Foul inside / outside of the penalty area