Oct 11 IRT Session moved to Calgary Soccer Centre

Good afternoon CDSRA members,

Since the Broadview field is covered in snow, we had to make the decision to move the IRT session indoor.

The session will run from 7-8 pm at the Calgary Soccer Centre – West Field. Please arrive a few minutes earlier to change and get ready. We have the field for 1 hour, so we want to maximize the field time.

Thanks for your understanding as we are dealing with unexpected early snowfall.

Congratulations to CDSRA Members representing at ASA Youth Provincials

Congratulations to all the CDSRA members who represented Calgary at the 2018 ASA Servus Youth Provincial Championships this past weekend. All Calgary members in attendance served on medal games, a sign of quality and pride for Calgary officials.

  • Michael Mund (Referee)
  • Dustin Friesen (Referee)
  • Harsimrit Lakhyan (Referee)
  • Michelle Mendez-Holmes (Referee)
  • Guy Napert-Frenette (Referee)
  • Jan Krol (Referee)
  • Artin Afshari (Referee)
  • Erik Bengsston (Referee)
  • Laurie Hastings (Assessor)
  • Rob Eberhardt (Assessor)

Next IRT: August 29 - 7pm - Professionalism

Don't miss out this upcoming IRT session on Professionalism! It will be held Wednesday, August 29th in conjunction to the ASA Provincial Championships Pre-Competition meeting at the CMSA Office starting at 7 pm.

August 29 – 7 pm – Professionalism / Provincial Competition Meeting (Open to all referees) – CMSA Office (back room) (Bay 7 - 6991 48th St. SE).

Please use the back door to enter the building.

CDSRA President and Lead Southern Alberta Assessor Laurie Hastings will be teaching the session!

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.

Source: http://www.proreferees.com/news-play-of-the-week-2016-week-28.php