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LAW 1 – THE FIELD OF PLAY

LAW 2 – THE BALL

LAW 3 – THE NUMBER OF PLAYERS

LAW 4 – THE PLAYER’S EQUIPMENT

LAW 5 – THE REFEREE

LAW 6 – THE ASSISTANT REFEREES

LAW 7 – THE DURATION OF THE MATCH

LAW 8 – THE START & RESTART OF PLAY

LAW 9 – THE BALL IN & OUT OF PLAY

LAW 10 – THE METHOD OF SCORING

LAW 11 - OFFSIDE

LAW 12 – FOULS AND MISCONDUCT

LAW 13 – FREE KICKS

LAW 14 – THE PENALTY KICK

LAW 15 – THE THROW-IN

LAW 16 – THE GOAL KICK

LAW 17 – THE CORNER KICK
Official Publications Related to Law 17

ADMINISTRATIVE GUIDANCE

PROCEDURES TO DETERMINE THE WINNER OF A MATCH

THE FOURTH OFFICIAL

THE TECHNICAL AREA

Law 15 - The Throw-In

Official Publications Related to Law 15

Restart Position of a Throw-In

A trend has been noticed whereby teams are advancing the ball on throw-ins to obtain a more advanced attacking position or to waste time.  Referees and ARs should work in unison to prevent undue advancement of the ball on throw-ins and to minimize delays caused by such actions.  It is common practice for defenders to run up the field with the ball to gain 10 or more yards and put their team in a more advantageous position.  The practice is also becoming more common in the attacking third of the field as teams have throw-in specialists who can direct the ball into the penalty area as though it were a corner kick.

Referees and ARs need to raise their awareness and take preventative measures to ensure the restart is taken within a yard or so of where it exited the field.  Consider enacting the following preventative steps:

Once again, use preventative measures and, if they fail, you may send a stronger message by awarding the throw-in to the opposition from the location the original throw-in should have taken place.  Remember, it is not an illegal throw-in until the ball is thrown and enters the field of play. 

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