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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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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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Why are players in soccer allowed to get away with so much argument with the ref, especially compared to the NBA? [duplicate]

In the NBA, players get technical fouls if they argue with a ref. Why don't they make the same rule in soccer? Do fans like this? Is it good for the game in some sense? What is the upside to allowing ...
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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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ATP rankings - is this true?

If Federer wins Indian Wells and makes Miami SF at least, and Nadal does not play Miami, would I be correct in thinking that he cannot lose the #1 ranking (EDIT: to Rafael Nadal) till Halle at least? ...
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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 ...
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Stumping of fast bowling [duplicate]

Can a wicket keeper throw ball over arm for stumping when he can’t reach the stumps or he should throw it under arm What is the rule of keeper throwing ball on stumps while stumping
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Rugby league: does a knock-on require an immediate stoppage of play?

In a few recent rugby league (Australian NRL) games that I have seen, a player will drop a ball that was passed to him, causing it to move forward off of his hands and bounce forward on the ground. ...
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Cricket puzzler

I've followed cricket for decades in the UK, and I can now watch it on ESPN here in the US. The sound technology and microphones pick up everything on the pitch. I am puzzled by a shout heard after ...
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Is a match forfeited if a player refuses to leave after being sent off?

So, I know that according to MLB rules, the umpire in chief can forfeit the game if an ejected player refuses to leave the field. Can a soccer/association football referee forfeit a match the same ...
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talking to the umpire after being ejected

Why does the umpire and manager/player keep on argueing after the ejection? Why does the umpire let the manager/player keep on talking to him and remain on the field after being ejected?
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Should a goal be disallowed if a player in an offside position blocks the view of the goalkeeper?

Should Germany's first goal by Özil against Norway on the 4th September 2017 have been disallowed if Timo Werner were in an offside position? In reality, a defender on the far side of the pitch was ...
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Covering Puck in Crease

I know that it is a penalty shot if you conceal/cover/fall on the puck while it's in the crease ("No defending player, except the goalkeeper, will be permitted to fall on the puck, hold the puck, pick ...
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If a batted ball strikes a runner on the offensive team and is caught before hitting the ground by the defense, is this an out?

If a batted ball strikes a runner on the offensive team (assume that the ball already went by an infielder, nullifying any interference) and is caught before hitting the ground by the defense, is this ...
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Run out on wide ball after the ball settled in keepers hand

Bowler bowled a bouncer ball, main umpire signals it as Wide ball. When I left the crease to have a discussion, with the ball in keeper's hand bails come off. Is this considered out or not?
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Question about batter's position in batter's box prior to pitch

Since I've read two different interpretations of this, I'm going to ask a question about the batter's box and the batter's orientation in it prior to the pitch, even if I'm pretty sure I know the ...
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If the ball is thrown, but caught by the server before it is hit, is this a service fault?

Suppose a table tennis player goes to serve. They throw the ball, but for whatever reason, decide not to play it. Instead they catch it with their hand. Is this a service fault, and therefore a point ...
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Uncaught Third Strike question

When the rules say that a third strike must be "legally caught" by the catcher, does that include a situation where the catcher has a third strike glance off his glove, but he ends up catching the ...
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Offensive interference in baseball (“confusing” a fielder)

The Umpire Bible website presents an interference scenario that is brought up under the base runner "confusing" an infielder: You can think up lots of scenarios. For example, let's say there's one ...
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How frequent is high sticking in Ice Hockey?

Are there any statistics for how frequently a specific penalty occurs in Ice Hockey? (any League?) I am specifically interested in high sticks.
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What happens if an own-goal is scored during a delayed penalty shot (ice hockey)?

The NHL rules are contradictory in this circumstance, and do not specify what course of action is to be taken. I know this is a little contrived, but is not a long-shot to occur. Relevant rules, ...
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In little league, can an umpire change their ruling based on advice from coaching staff?

In a little league championship game, there have been two outs, with a man on second. The batter hits a home run. The batter runs bases and gets home, but the outfield team notice that he didn't step ...
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Can the referee end the game while someone is about to shoot?

I recently played a football game. We conceded a goal in the start of the first half. During the allowance for time lost at the end of the second half, our team member was in front of the goal with ...
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How much protection do NHL referees wear?

I'm wondering how much protection NHL referees wear aside the helmet. I've seen referees that had to either leave game or where on ice for a long time after getting hit or falling awkwardly. Those ...