Recently did a game in which a defender dove and headed a crossed ball away from an attacker’s foot at about waist level. The attacking team wanted dangerous play called on the defender for lowering his head; however it did not appear to me that the attacker ceased his challenge for the ball because of the defenders actions, so I allowed play to continue. One of my ARs felt that any time that a player puts himself in danger by lowering his head, dangerous play should be called. Although I explained to him that according to the ATR, it is not dangerous play unless the other player pulls up, he was adamant that his last instructor never mentioned anything about this stipulation. As I thought back to the many recert classes I’ve attended over the years, I’d have to agree that many instructors leave this out when going over dangerous play. I believe that this foul is called inconsistently in youth games for this very reason. Am I correct in my thinking that it doesn’t really matter what age the players, if all of the criteria for dangerous play are not met, there is no foul, and if so, why don’t instructors explain this at clinics?