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Questions tagged [officiating]

Questions about the application and enforcement of rules and regulations by the officials engaged in a sport. Questions must also be tagged for the specific sport and/or competition.

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How does the VAR decide which camera to use?

On April 17, 2019, in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal second leg between Manchester City and Tottenham there were some requests to VAR. In particular, one was made regarding Llorente's goal in ...
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What is the difference between a Body Check and Woman's Body Check?

This image is from the Sochi Winter Olympics: Why is Women Body Checking different from a regular Body Check? I mean, pretty sure not every penalty was preceded by Women's in the match (like Women ...
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Why do NHL referees relax their penalty calls in the playoffs?

It seems that in NHL playoffs, referees tend to be a lot less likely to call a penalty. What is the reason and is this an official rule in the referee handbook or is it more of an unspoken rule?
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Can a referee change their decision on a goal [duplicate]

A goal was scored and the referee blew his whistle and directed players back to the centre for kick off. The opposition complained and so the ref went to speak with the linesman and the referee then ...
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Football yellow cards and red cards

Can a player be given a red card for just 45 second, after which he will be allowed to continue playing again?
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When is the ball out in football?

In this video of Ajax versus Real Madrid, accompanying an article, you can see around 2:22 that there was much controversy about a ball being out or not. With the help of the VAR it was decided after ...
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Can a trainer force a player to be substituted?

In the final between Chelsea and Manchester City, Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa refused to be substituted, enraging his coach Sarri. Apparently, a few years ago, Messi acted the same way with his coach ...
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Which runner is out? [duplicate]

There is 1 out. There is a runner on first, and the ball is hit to the second baseman. The second baseman gets the ball and runs towards first. The runner on first stays on 1st base and the batter ...
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What rules govern touchdowns/touchbacks if there is a fumble involved?

I have a question specifically about a passage of the official NFL 2018 rulebook (https://operations.nfl.com/media/3277/2018-nfl-rulebook_final-version.pdf). Please take a look at Rule 3 - Section 2 -...
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What is the call when a runner misses 2nd base on a 1st to 3rd and a dead ball call?

runner on 1st. ball is hit to outfield. runner advances to 3rd missing 2nd base. the throw coming in to 3rd base goes into dugout. What is the proper call?
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What is the difference between a offside and a neutral zone infraction in the NFL?

Throughout many NFL games, there is almost always one pre-snap call, and many of those are on the offense for a small flinch. During all of the games that I have watched, I see refs calling out mostly ...
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offside interpretation in soccer. Deflection of a back pass by a forward that hits defender and deflects instead forward

The ball goes forward to an attacker who is re-entering from an off side position. The attacker gains control, turns and shoots toward goal. Is the play to be diss allowed for an offside pass?
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Reviewing a penalty in the NFL

The referees ruled that the Jets had too many defensive players on the field by a review in their game on December 23, 2018. Can you review offside, holding, or any penalty for that matter?
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What is the distinction between a play that counts after the whistle is blown and doesn't count in the National Football League?

Let's say the following scenario occurs. A quarterback throws a screen pass, and the player drops it. There is a whistle for an incomplete pass, and a player on defense grabs the ball and returns it ...
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Would tipped pass be a 2 or 3 pointer?

I was playing in a basketball league that follows NCAA rules. A scenario happened where we players and referees did not know the exact answer and cannot find a specific rule explanation online. My ...
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Inbound basketball passed outside the court, then dribbled in

I was watching a local college basketball game last night (SSAC) and saw something I really don’t understand, so I thought I would do some research. I’ve come up empty so far. The opposing team was ...
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Is it an offside in this case?

When two players are facing the goalkeeper alone. and the first player passes the ball to the second and he scores. notes: The moment when the ball was passed to the first player none of the two ...
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Why does a basketball ref raise the second arm when a 3-pt shot falls?

When a basketball player shoots a 3-point shot, I've noticed that a referee will raise one arm straight over his head while the ball is in the air. This presumably signals to everyone that the shot is,...
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Is a running back allowed to toss the football out of bounds to stop the clock?

This question applies to all levels of American football from pee wee football all the way up to the NFL. If a running back is past the line of scrimmage and is running towards the sideline with the ...
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Would you have called this a penalty?

I was reffing a boys high school soccer game. Home team player dribbled into the box and before the defender could challenge he got a shot off on net that was saved by the keeper. Half a second after ...
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What should a badminton line judge call if the shuttle hits the player?

If the shuttle hits the player then lands, what is the line judge supposed to call? If the player then hits the shuttle out on their own side (does not reach or go past the net), or hits it directly ...
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Multiple yellow cards at a single free kick for encroachment

Is it acceptable (or even permissible) to award more than one yellow card to encroaching players on a free kick? My memory from 15 years ago is that we were told only the first encroaching player ...
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Is there a fixed duration for celebration in football

In this video, you'll see on multiple occasions that a team celebrated just a tiny a bit too long, the referee let the match continue while the team is celebrating and the second team took the ...
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Why is a penalty not given if a goal comes right after the foul?

In the game between Spain and Russia, in the World Cup 2018, one Russian defender (Ignashevich) tackled a Spanish player (Ramos) inside the Russian penalty area (video here or here). This was ...
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In football, what happens when a team commits an offence for which play need not be stopped, and then scores a goal immediately after?

In the Laws of the Game, there is a small—yet non empty—set of offences for which the referee must not immediately blow his whistle as he usually does for 'normal' fouls, but must instead allow play ...
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What is the upside in allowing players to argue with referees in football?

In football, players often argue with the referees. What is the upside in allowing players to argue with referees in football? What are the incentives, for whoever makes the rules, to continue to ...
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What if goal happens whilst a penalty VAR review is in process?

VAR (Video Assistant Referee) is being implemented in the World Cup 2018. Sometimes, an action occurs (e.g. a penalty), but the referee does not think in the first instance that it does so. Then, as ...
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Can a player decline advantage after a foul?

In association football, after a foul, the referee lets play continue but the team benefiting from the advantage immediately stop playing anyway, either because they would rather have a free kick or ...
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Is it offside if a striker receives the ball behind all defenders and goalkeeper of the opponent?

The offside rule is between the last two players, which is usually the goalkeeper and a defender, so people just think that being in front of the last field player is not offside. But in this case, ...
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Is a fielder allowed to change position during the bowler's run up?

If a fielder standing in the gully position moves to cover point (as bowler starts his run up) before the batsman plays the ball what action will the umpire want to take? Often a fielder will move ...
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Leroy Sané goal vs Liverpool rebounded off Milner so was offside the correct decision?

Was the offside decision in Manchester City vs. Liverpool in the 2nd leg of the Champions League 2017/18 quarterfinals correct? Here's the video footage of the episode.
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Can the third umpire overturn a decision without being referred from the field?

In cricket, one of the officials is the third umpire. Usually, they deliver a decision only when there is a referral from the on-field umpires or from a team in UDRS. Can the third umpire give or ...
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White Sox vs Blue Jays call overturned, why was a run awarded?

This play led to an overturned call in a game between the Blue Jays and White Sox in April 2018. The bases were loaded, the ball was caught deep, and the umpire mistakenly calls a flyout. Runners ...
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An attempt to shield the ball ends in one player kicking another's leg. Is it is a foul and what is the result?

As a referee, I have trouble making good judgement of the following situation. While followed closely by a defender, an attacker initiates a shot before which the defender manages to get his foot ...
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Signal for off-side and indirect free kick in association football

In association football, I'm confused as to how the referee is expected to indicate an indirect free kick at the time of the offence. He spots the offence, blows his whistle, and then he needs to ...
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Is offside called when a defender plays the puck into an attacker from a delayed offside?

Suppose a delayed offside is in effect, and a member of the defending team who gains control of the puck attempts to clear it. The puck inadvertently strikes an attacker when the attacker is still ...
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Why might a defenceman not be penalised for interference, if they knock down or push opponents who are in or near the crease?

Interference is generally any kind of action that prevents an opponent from being able to play hockey "properly". However, sometimes a defenceman seems to interfere with an opponent near the goal ...
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When has a fan stepped in as the 4th official after a linesman got injured?

A local referee David Thornhill (Norwich City fan and qualified referee, who also featured in Saturday’s match day programme) stepped in as fourth official when assistant referee Mark Jones was forced ...
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When can the ref cancel or abandon a match due to severe weather?

According to the Laws of the Game it is for the referee to decide whether or not a match can take place when the weather is too severe. But what defines the term "too severe"? Are there any guidelines ...
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Is there any guideline the NFL uses to refrain from calling a penalty due to unusual celebrations or mass reactions?

In the NFL's NFC Divisional playoff game on 2018-01-14 between Minnesota and New Orleans, Minnesota's Stephon Diggs scored a touchdown as time expired in the fourth quarter to take the lead and thus ...
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Who will get the point in this case?

We need your help about this case in our badminton match (shuttlecock side (A) and racket side (B)): The shuttlecock and racket both touch the net at the same time (the shuttle isn't falling down, ...
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What are the duties performed by the match officials before the start of a match?

I understand there are these primary match officials: the referee, the umpire, the head coach, and the scorer (one from each team). I wish to know what duties they perform before the start of the ...
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Can football players be penalised for an action against a teammate that is normally a foul if done to the opponent?

I saw this video of a player slide tackling his teammate. What are the rules on players tackling their own teammates like that? Would it just be to show fair play and kick the ball out to treat ...
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Does the change to the grounding law apply to stumping?

Does the adjustment to the grounding law - that the bat bouncing up will no longer result in a run out, if you don't change your line - apply to stumpings? I often see a wicket keeper hesitate, ...
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What happens if the 2 umpires in cricket disagree on a decision?

Say the umpire at the non-striker's end has given an LBW, but the square leg umpire has observed that the ball is clearly too high to be hitting the stumps, can the square leg umpire override or ...
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Why is a batsman out, when the impact is outside off, on an umpire's call?

Can a batsman be given out when the ball impacts outside the line, having pitched outside off and with an indication that it would have hit the stumps? The original decision of the umpire on the ...
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Is it a fault: penetrate under the net when the feet are completely in opponent's space, but not on the court?

It is easier to watch this video (vk.com, Russian social network) than explain Libero of Sada Cruzeiro flew to the opponent's side but didn't touch the court with his feets. At the same time, his ...
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A strange kick from the penalty mark scored: should a goal be given? [duplicate]

During October 2017, a football game in Thailand went to twenty (20) rounds of sudden death in kicks from the penalty mark. The twentieth kick for the team going first hit the crossbar and deflected ...
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In the Benfica vs Man Utd match, why did the referee point to his watch after the goal?

In the Champions League match between Benfica and Manchester United that happened on Oct 18, 2017, Rashford took a freekick, the Benfica goalkeeper misjudged the angle and trajectory of the freekick ...
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Two runners on same base

October 17, 2017 Chicago Cubs v Los Angeles Dodgers, two Cubs runners occupied third base at the same time in the ninth inning. The Dodgers' third baseman tagged the second runner first, and then the ...