The Mindbenders-Answer

Morning,all.

Things we didnt know we didn’t know! I’ll be honest,when our sadly departed frien,Ian,told me that SOLKITTS had taken up refereeing after moving south,I didn’t laugh-I expected him to be rather good at it. But apart from all the ruinning about stuff,how hard can it be?

Hmmm,harder than I bliddy thought,thats for sure! Constant updates and tweaks on The Twelve Commandments that had been set in stone since Moses was a lad?

Who’d be a ref,right enough…

So,here’s the answers. Probably more mindbending than the questions!!!

1.  b, 50 x 100 yards.  Not much room to move, and you’d be hard pushed to see a game on a pitch that size.  The maximum size is 90 x 130 yards, though it’s 80 x 120 yards for international football.

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2.  a.  One of the 4th officials tasks is to ensure only 1 person standing and giving instructions from the technical area at any given time.

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3.  a.  That’s a target of 192 square feet…

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4.  a.  That has never changed, even back in the days of the old laceys.  Difference now is that the modern ball doesn’t absorb water like the old one, so doesn’t turn into a medicine ball on a wet day.

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5.  Whistle, notepad, red + yellow cards, pencil, coin, watches.

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6.  c.  The ref shouldn’t be in a position where the ball hitting him would go in the goal, but if he was, the decision is a drop ball.  Wouldn’t do much for your match control.

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7.  c.  This one is a real head-scratcher, but it’s quite clear in Law 10.  If the goalkeeper throws the ball directly into the opponents’ goal, a goal kick is awarded.

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8.  b.  You can’t be offside directly from a goal kick, throw in, or corner kick.

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9.  b.  The offence is punching or attempting to punch another player, so the fact it missed is irrelevant.  As the ball was in play, it is serious foul play, even against a team mate, and must be punished by a red card and a direct free kick from where the offence took place.  In this instance, the offence took place in team A’s penalty area, so a penalty kick is the decision.

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10.  b.  The offence was serious foul play as the ball was in play.  Regardless of where the ball was in play, the decision is a direct free kick at the position where the offence occurred.  A red card should also be shown for the head butt.

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11.  c.  At a penalty kick, the kicker must identify himself.  Once clear who is taking the kick, no other player may take it without advising the referee.  The sanction is a caution for the player who took the kick when he shouldn’t have, and an indirect free kick to the defending team.

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12.  a.  At the moment of delivering the ball, the thrower must have part of each foot on the touchline or on the ground outside the touchline, so anything on the line makes the throw legal.  Both feet must be on the ground when he takes the throw.

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13.  c.  Good advantage.  The thrower’s opponents must not encroach within 2 yards of the thrower, and to do so should result in an indirect free kick to the thrower’s team and a caution for the player who encroached.  However, despite the opponent’s action, the thrower’s team should not be penalised for it, so the advantage must be allowed and the goal must stand….unless the referee had already blown his whistle for the offence.

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14.  c.  If the ball travels directly fro a corner kick into the taker’s goal, a corner kick is awarded to the other team.

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15.  c.  If the ref, assistant ref, or 4th official can identify the culprit, then the person identified must be sent off for foul and abusive language.  If unable to identify the culprit, but in no doubt about where the abuse came from, the most senior coach in technical area should be sent off as he is responsible for the behaviour of the occupants of the technical area.  The only person in this area who can’t be sent off is the physio/medical staff, but if they made the comment it would be reported to the FA as a sending off offence.

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McCaff

Gordon…I know there’s rules for talking politics on here but the Roe v Wade judgement today has potential to take the US back to the 17th century. We’ve seen right wing lawlessness across the world but this change in law has really scary potential! Not good at all!

McCaff

CT…wow, what a moment for the Finn family! 3 generations on the stage. The wee guy was funny, they couldn’t get the mic off him at the end!! 🤣🤣

McCaff

The iPlayer coverage of Glastonbury is excellent but I’d suggest fastforwarding through Rufus Wainwright’s set…

McCaff

First Aid Kit’s ‘Boys of Summer ‘ worth a look on iPlayer. I don’t know if this link works, you might need to log in – nae use to Magua and his I’ll that refuse to pay bounty to the Monarch to watch the telly! 🤣
https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/ej34mb/play/apj2hn/p0573csl

Mahe