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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 is offside determined in football?

The offside rule on the pitch is often unclear and called suddenly. How do I know if a player is offside?
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Does the batsman get runs on No ball when the team requires only 1 run to win?

Suppose, A batsman is on strike with 98 runs. The scores are level so the batting team requires only 1 run to win. Now suppose in the next ball, the bowler bowls a No ball and the batsman hits FOUR or ...
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What is the procedure to become a Cricket Umpire?

In cricket how does someone become an umpire at international level? Is there some procedure for this? How are they selected and what is the criteria for this?
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Why was offside introduced, and are there reasons for keeping it?

The offside rule in football ( How is offside determined in soccer?) is the source of a large amount of goal-related controvesy, and is argued by some to diminish the entertainment value of the game. ...
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Does stoppage time actually equal all non-playing time during a half?

After every half during a football (soccer) game, the refs add stoppage time to the clock to compensate for lost time due to injuries and penalties. But how closely does stoppage time equal real game ...
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Why is the referee treated so different in soccer and rugby

Recently, in Dutch amateur football, a linesmen died after being attacked by players. This terrible news was directly the reason for the Dutch football association, KNVB, to apply some rules with ...
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How detailed is penalty kick encroachment in football

The laws of the game prohibit encroaching on a penalty kick whether it is an attacking player or defending player. The keeper is supposed to remain on the line until the kick is taken but in practice ...
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How is the Net Run Rate calculated in ICC World Twenty 20 events?

I have some doubts regarding net run rate in the ongoing ICC world twenty 20 2014 event.It takes a while to read so please don't hesitate and give me a solution regarding this. My doubt is that in ...
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How does the referee communicate with players in football(soccer) matches, when they are from different countries?

I always see in TV referees communicating with the players in international football matches(both club and national competitions). It seems to be universal: not only in European matches, but also in ...
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When is the new ball due for all forms of cricket?

Is there a standard time fixed in Test, ODI and T20 formats of Cricket, when a fielding side captain can ask for a new ball? If the captain of the fielding side doesn't ask for a new ball, will he be ...
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What do football (soccer) referees do during halftime?

What do football referees do and where do they go during halftime? Is there a protocol or are there particular rules they have to obey during that time, like restrictions who to communicate with? Is ...
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What is the minimum over-rate?

We can see many times, the captains and the players of the bowling team were suspended for slow over-rates. How the over-rate for a fielding team is calculated? Is it vary between different forms of ...
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When can a batsman change from batting left handed to right handed?

Some shots in one-day or Twenty 20 cricket involve the batsman changing stance to play a shot (e.g. reverse sweep), but are there any provisions in cricket laws that allow the umpire to decide when ...
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Foul after a goal

What if, in soccer, right after the attacking team scores a goal, the defending team makes a foul? Say, it was a corner, and the ball already crossed the line, and then a defending player slide-...
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Is this a dismissal by hit wicket?

Consider the following situation, A batsman's bat breaks while hitting the ball after which a piece of the bat flies in the air, hits the stumps and the bails fall down. Is this a dismissal by ...
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In cricket, in UDRS screen, if the ball hits the wicket, then why is not out still given?

In cricket, in UDRS screen, if the ball hits the wicket, then why is not out still given? I saw this situation so many times happened; bowler appealed for UDRS for LBW, in UDRS it shows ball hits the ...
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Who is the Third Umpire?

For an international cricket match, there should be a TV umpire, a Match referee, and a Reserve umpire along with two umpires on the field, Who is the third umpire of the above? What are the ...
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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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What is the maximum number of red cards that a referee can give in a football match?

What is the greatest possible number of red cards that a referee can give in a football match? Does such a limit even exist? If so, does it vary from league to league and tournament to tournament?
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Umpire Decision Review System in cricket

A team has only one review remaining in the Decision Review System (DRS), and a batsman was given out Leg Before Wicket (LBW) and both batsmen were certain that the decision was in error and called ...
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Is the runner on first forced to run?

Looking for some clarification on this situation that came up today: There is one out and a runner on first base (R1). The batter hits a fly ball in the infield. The first baseman (1st) makes an ...
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Penalty kick after time expires - should the referee play rebounds on for longer?

It is well known that a soccer referee should allow any team to play a penalty even if a period of play has ended. Should the referee allow the team who has the penalty to continue the penalty kick ...
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Can referees change their decision?

Let's imagine an ideal situation: A player scores a goal Before scoring, they deliberately handle the ball None of the referees notice the foul The referee validates the goal The scorer admits (...
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Can the second-to-last defender cause an offside by leaving the field of play?

I had a little conversation one of my football friends and we had this interesting situation come up during the conversation. As I understand the offside rule, the offending player should not be ...
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Are referees biased toward the home team?

Inspired by this question but hopefully different enough to warrant a different question. I often hear fans complaining that the "home team always gets the calls", which means that more fouls are ...
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How are individual turnovers determined on errant passes?

When determining turnovers for a given player, how exactly are they determined? Wikipedia defines turnovers as In basketball, a turnover occurs when a player from one team gives possession to a ...
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How do I become a Badminton umpire?

What are the steps to becoming a recognized Badminton umpire, eventually at the Olympics? What resources are helpful in becoming a (good) umpire?
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What is the rule for wide ball during reverse hit or switch hit?

It is permitted for a batsman to reverse or switch his bat from right to left or vice versa for getting runs. If they missed the ball means, what is the rule there regarding wide? To be more clear, ...
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Can all penalties be declined in American Football?

I saw some highlights from an NFL game the other day (I think it was Detroit's 22-21 comeback win against Atlanta) and the presenter said they won the game with a field goal. Their first attempt at ...
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What happens if a team walks off the field during a football match?

On the weekend an altercation between a referee and a play led to their team leaving the pitch. 21 minutes into the game our team was up 1-0 when allegedly the referee said to a player that he was a "...
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Possible dismissals off a noball, wide ball and free hit

I came to know that a batsman can be stumped out off a wide ball but not off a no-ball (Is it correct?) What are the possibilities to dismiss batsmen, off a noball, a wide ball, a freehit ball and ...
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Offside on purpose

I’m interested in the community’s thoughts on recent events. Since it is about officiating and offside, I know there's much room for interpretation. I viewed a match at the U14 level where team A ...
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Is it a boundary or overthrows?

Consider a scenario where a fielder is chasing a ball that is running away to the boundary. He puts in a dive, gets a hand to the ball but it runs over the boundary ropes. The umpire signals a ...
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Procedure if a football player, when sent off, refuses to leave the pitch [duplicate]

What would happen when a player, after being shown the red card, refuses to leave the pitch?
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What is ball tampering in cricket?

What is "ball tampering" in cricket? How can we say ball is tampered? Any punishments for tampering? Can somebody list the name of players who were punished?
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What is “Joker card” to be used in IPL?

In IPL 2014, Team owners will be able to use there Joker card. Whatever I have read and searched I found that teams can use joker card at time of auction to retain there previous players playing for ...
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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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Meaning of penalty cards

At the 2016 All-England finals, Wang Shixian was shown a yellow and a red card. This Guardian article even has a picture of a black card. What do these cards mean, and when are they typically shown?
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In football, when, if ever, does shielding the ball with the foot become tripping?

If player A is within a foot or two of the ball, and an approaching player B makes a play for the ball with his foot. Player A places his foot between player B and the ball, and player B falls to the ...
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What guidelines would a World Cup official follow when deciding whether to book a player for hitting another when contesting a ball in the air?

During the U.S.'s World Cup match against Ghana today, I was surprised to see that the player who kicked Clint Dempsey in the face while contesting a ball in the air wasn't booked. I've seen bookings ...
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Who will enter into the final in case of rain in first qualifier?

What happens if it rains in the first qualifier in IPL 2014 match between KKR and KXIP? Who will enter into the final? On what basis?
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How does one become an adequate fencing official?

I have officiated dry and electric foil fencing matches. Electric matches are less difficult to officiate due to the assistance of a scoring machine...but scoring machines are not foolproof. Issues ...
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Differences between referees and assistant referees

Some questions about referees and assistant referees: I assume there's a difference in knowledge / experience between these, correct? I.e. it's not just rolling a dice to decide which one is a ...
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What's the relevance of the offside rule? [duplicate]

I don't really get the point of it. What was the initial intention when this rule was created?
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What happens if a goal is deflected by the referee? [closed]

What happens in football if a player shoots the ball and the ball goes in the goal after deflecting off the referee? As far as I know it is given as a goal, but are there any other consequences?