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Refereeing at The FA
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Attacking free-kicks near to the
penalty area can pose great
problems for referees with the
potential for much disagreement,
unsporting behaviour and unhappiness.
They should be an exciting part of
football and they require the referees to
be confident, efficient and decisive.
Ian Blanchard suggests a simple 10 point
plan to gaining success in this crucial area
of the field.
1
.
Identify
the offence and make sure of
its location
2
.
Indicate
the type of offence with a good whistle blast
and the correct arm signal
3
.
Move in
take control and remain calm
and confident
4
.
Consider
is this a direct or indirect free kick
5
.
Position
the ball correctly and clearly
6
.
Communicate
to the taker that the free kick is to be taken on
the whistle .
7
.
Ensure
opponents are 9.15 metres from
the ball
8
.
Remind
defending players not to encroach before the
ball is kicked
9
.
Position
yourself before restarting play with the
whistle
10
.
Concentrate
and observe the outcome
10 POINT PLAN -
FREE KICKS NEAR THE
PENALTY AREA
Ian Blanchard, FA Senior National Game RefereeManager
Attacking free-kicks around
the penalty area require
decisiveness from referees