Question for referees

Discussion in 'Referee' started by FatAndUgly, Jun 29, 2005.

  1. ref47

    ref47 Member

    Aug 13, 2004
    n. va
    as i recall, impeeding is an ifk; holding is a dfk. if the ball is within playing distance and the defender utilizes arms, legs to keep the attacker at bay, award the ifk. if the ball is not within playing distance, you have a hold. therefore, if done near perfectly but just crossing the line to get an impeeding call, ifk, not a gk.

    playing distance is the cr's judgement, not a fixed distance. for skilled players it might be 3-4 yards. nothing prevents the attacker from running around the defender to get to the other side. just a time/distance issue.

    use of the arms, legs to shield is a judgement issue. no one plays with their arms clamped tightly to their side. i believe experienced refs make sound judgements on just how much extension/use is allowed.

    and, as been mentioned before, the attacker in this situation can legally charge the defender from behind - up to a point - another judgement call.

    this seems to be a solution in search of a problem. football is played with a simple set of rules that have required relatively few modifications over the years. i would like to see it kept that way.
  2. chrisrun

    chrisrun Member

    Jan 13, 2004
    Orlando, FL
    Orlando City SC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    This is a little off. If you are within playing distance of the ball, you can't be called for impeding, because one of the requirements of the impeding offense is that you NOT be within playing distance.

    If you are within playing distance and not using your arms, there is no foul.

    If you are within playing distance and stetching out your arms to prevent an opponent from going around you, that is holding, DFK.

    If you're not within playing distance and you cut in front of the attacker to slow him down without contact, impeding, IFK.

    If you're not within playing distance, and use your arms or make contact, holding or charging, DFK.

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