PRO - Plays of the Week 28


By PRO Training & Development Manager Paul Rejer

In this week’s Play of the Week we are discussing Law 8, “The Start and Restart of Play” with specific reference to “Dropped ball”.

The definition of 'dropped ball' according to the Laws of the Game, is:

“A dropped ball is a method of restarting play when, while the ball is still in play, the referee is required to stop play temporarily for any reason not mentioned elsewhere in the Laws of the Game.”

In this play taken from the Real Salt Lake v Houston Dynamo game, referee Silviu Petrescu stops the game when he realizes the ball is flat. To adhere to the Laws of the Game as quoted above, Petrescu orders a dropped ball. 

He then asks Dynamo’s Andrew Wenger to kick the ball to his opponent’s goalkeeper. Wenger decides not to adhere to the referee's request and kicks the ball out of play. Petrescu then decides to have another dropped ball and this time drops it at the feet of Collen Warner. He plays the ball to Eric Alexander who then also kicks the ball out of play, and immediately receives a yellow card from the referee. In the end, Petrescu wisely decides to drop the ball to Real’s Joao Plata and play continues.

Can referees dictate who can contest a dropped ball and can they insist where the players play the ball? The answer, quite simply, is no. 

Regarding who can contest a dropped ball, the law is specific:

“Any player may challenge for the ball (including the goalkeeper). There is no minimum or maximum number of players required to contest a dropped ball. The referee cannot decide who may or may not contest a dropped ball.”

Therefore players have the right to contest a dropped ball and any player is eligible.

The section of the law which applies to when the players can play the ball states: “Play restarts when the ball touches the ground.”

Therefore once the ball touches the ground, the ball is in play and players have the right to play the ball wherever they want to.

The intentions of Petrescu in this case, due to the delicately balanced scoreline of 1-0 to Houston, were  in the best interests of fair play to allow Salt Lake to gain control of the ball and avoid the potential of time wasting by Dynamo players, but he has no authority to dictate the proceedings in this manner. 

Ironically, if he’d have allowed a contested dropped ball with players from both teams involved – or simply allowed Salt Lake to take a throw-in when the ball went out of play – it would have taken up less time than attempting to circumvent the proceedings, and would have avoided an unnecessary yellow card to Alexander.


Upcoming IRT Classes

CDSRA will be conducting two IRT classes in October on the same topic (one during the week, one on the weekend).

Please reserve one of the two dates below and plan to attend.
Reserve one (or both you'd like to go twice):
Tuesday evening, Oct. 25, 2016
Saturday morning, Oct. 29, 2016

Class will be held in the Gibson Room of the Scouts Canada Service Centre.

Fine-strokes to follow!

Please find our calendar to find specifics. 

Congratulations to CDSRA Members involved in Provincials 2016

CDSRA would like to congratulate our members on a very successful outdoor season 2016 so far. CDSRA members were involved in both Youth Provincials in Calgary and Senior Provincials in Edmonton (Major League) and Calgary. 

The following are some assignments members received: (if we miss names, please contact us so we can update.)

Youth Provincials:

BU16 Tier 1 Final:

Referee: Sunny Marshall, AR1: Michael Mund, AR2: Riley Thomas, 4th Official: Michael Stacey 

BU18 Tier 1 Final: 

Referee: Michael Stacey, AR1: Michael Mund, AR2: Riley Thomas, 4th Official: Sunny Marshall

Sunny Marshall also had a successful weekend in Edmonton two weeks after as he was assigned the Jubilee Cup Final (AMSL Women). Congratulations Sunny. 

During the same weekend, Raul Briseno had the honor of officiating the Mens Tier 1 provincial final in Calgary. Again, congratulations to Raul and his crew!

If you have been involved in provincials this season or just have great pictures of your games to share we would like to encourage you to share it with us and we will publish them for the community! 

Stay tuned for more. 


Equipment Bag for Sale

Because of popular demand, CDSRA equipment bags are available for purchase.

Maria Marshall was able to find a small number of the same style adidas bags used in the previous order.

They will be posted for sale on the website shop ( and will be $60 (plus transaction fee). 

or in a nutshell...or an equipment bag:

  • CDSRA equipment bags available @
  • $60 
  • Embroidered with CDSRA logo and one's nam (first/last or both...accents extra)
  • Current members only
  • Limited quantity - first come/first served

Buy them here!


Annual General Meeting - April 7th, 2016

Thirty four members came to last night's AGM where we discussed all matters CDSRA (budget, projections, executive positions, programs, etc.). It was great seeing everybody!

We are happy to report too that the early-renewal program has surpassed our target of 75 members. Great job everyone! Now executive can focus on planning the year ahead and developing our training programs.

As a side note, the early-renewal incentive program has now entered a three week transition phase. Any memberships purchased between now and April 30th will entitle the purchasing member to one CDSRA dry-fit for  $15 (the free phase ended last night).

April 30th, will be the final day for both the renewal incentive and the dri-fit ordering program. If one wants to order another dry-fit, please do so before month's end. Regular retail price of $25 applies to all additional purchases.

Renew here!

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