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!

Ever wondered what it's like to be a MLS referee?

Ever wondered what it's like to be a referee?Daltonic Films and Major League Soccer (MLS) offer an in-depth look at one of the most difficult jobs in sports.

Posted by FOX Soccer on Sunday, October 25, 2015

Congratulations to Drew Fischer

We would like to congratulate our very own Drew Fischer on officiating the 2015 CONCACAF Men's Olympic Qualifying Championship Game between Mexico and Honduras.   Drew  has had an outstanding season as a first year FIFA referee and has been rewarded for his diligent work on and off the field.  The news of your achievement has come as a great delight to all of us here.  All of your hard work, commitment, and practice have paid off.  Way to go Drew!


Drew fischer being presented an officials medal after officiating the MCOQ Final

Drew fischer being presented an officials medal after officiating the MCOQ Final


CDSRA members awarded with CUSA Archivements Awards!

Jack Buckler Award

This is awarded for the most outstanding contributions to the sport of soccer within Calgary and area. 

Congratulations to long-time member Mark Tyndale for this amazing achievement.

Mark has been an active official in Calgary and area for numerous years. Available for league and tournaments. He has sat on CUSA Discipline Committee, taking the extra time to consider creative alternatives in some of the more unusual reports put in front of him. He has dedicated time to coach and mentor new officials as they learn the responsibility of the role. In his day job he is a key part of the local judicial scene. He is someone who believes that you must be an active contributing member to the community. For the past four decades, criminal lawyer-turned provincial court Judge Mark Tyndale would get up early on Tuesday mornings and drive to Canadian Blood Services to donate the gift of life, then proceed to work.

Kieran McGarrigle Award 

This is presented for outstanding contributions that improve the refereeing community. 

Congratulations to long-time member Rob Urquhart for this prestigious award! Rob's tribute was written by long-time member, FIFA official and close friend Drew Fischer.

He is an active instructor, having taught a number of entry level and refresher courses, in addition to offering regular instruction for CARD. Even more than instructing, Rob has been a prolific assessor over the past 3 years, including assessing at multiple Provincial competitions and two national competitions. In particular, his work with the 'upand-coming' officials has been second to none. He has formally assessed nearly every upgrade candidate in southern Alberta, but more than that has acted as a mentor countless times (really whenever one of them has asked). It's a testament to his contributions to their development, and his willingness to share his knowledge and experience, that a number of them regularly text, email and Facebook message him looking for advice and feedback.
Kieran was the person most instrumental in pushing Rob into refereeing way back in 1994. They had a heated dispute about how the game should be refereed on the field in Vernon way back then and Kieran’s response was that if Rob knew so much about refereeing then he should take the course and prove it. Rob took him up on the offer and the rest is history.

Once again, congratulations to both Mark and Rob on their awards! Your long-time contributions to the community, involvement in our association and mentor ship are greatly appreciated. Let's hope there is many years to come and we wish you all the best in the future. 

For pictures and a list of all recipients, visit the link below. 

Sources: CUSA Achievement Awards 2015


CSA national championships in Calgary!

This week, our city will be hosting the Jubilee Cup and Challenge Cup National competition. This is the highest level of amateur club soccer in Canada.

Throughout the week, there will be a lot of games to watch and we will be posting the daily match-ups here.

We would like to take the chance to congratulate the following CDSRA members on their appointments to nationals!

  • Layne Greenway (Referee in Chief)
  • Mike Stacey
  • Philip Frias
  • Rob Urquhart
  • Doug Kipta
  • Sunny Marshall
  • Manoel Pequeno
  • Rhiannon Trenam
  • Sebastian Richters 
  • Maria Marshall 
  • Pedro Ocana
  • Chloe Johnson
  • Hanna Johnson
  •  Jun Salonga
  • Deryl Coe
  • Raul Briseno Hernandez

Congratulations and good luck to everyone!

Here is the match schedule for Wednesday, October 7, 2015 (at CSC)

  • 12 p.m.: Ontario vs Quebec
  • 2 p.m.: Manitoba vs Alberta (2)
  • 4 p.m.: Saskatchewan vs NWT
  • 6 p.m.: Alberta vs Nova Scotia 

Canada Soccer appoints Isaac Raymond new Manager, Referee Department

Canada Soccer is pleased to announce the appointment of Isaac Raymond, FIFA Futuro III referee technical and fitness instructor, and national assessor, as new Manager of Canada’s Referee Department, effective immediately.

In this role, Raymond will have the responsibility of working with the Provincial and Territorial Associations to manage the implementation of a development plan for Canadian officials that will focus on delivering excellence at all levels of the game. He will be instrumental in devising and delivering a clear pathway for officials’ development that compliments and is aligned with the Canada Soccer Player Pathway.

“Anyone who has met Isaac is aware of his dedication to the training and mentoring of officials from grassroots to National/International levels,” said Tony Fonseca, Technical Director, Canada Soccer. “We are in capable hands as our Referee Department continues the task, in partnership with our Provincial and Territorial Member Associations, of elevating our officials across the country to their peak potential.”

Before joining Canada Soccer, in addition to being a FIFA Futuro III referee technical and fitness instructor and national assessor, Raymond has served as District Referee Coordinator for the Toronto Soccer Association and was in charge of the Ontario Soccer Association’s Advanced Referee Training Program. He has also been a National List Official between 2005 and 2008 and represented Canada in various international, NASL, University Championships and Canadian National Club Championships throughout his career.

Raymond will be based out of Canada Soccer’s Toronto office. 


Source: Canada Soccer