Soccer Referee Signals

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Caution/Sendoff

Referee holds Yellow card or Red card above head.

Advantage

Referee points out both his arms without blowing his whistle. Generally, a soccer referee will give approximately 3 seconds advantage before blowing his whistle for a foul

Direct Free Kick

Referee points in the direction of the kick

Indirect Free Kick

Referee raises his hand until ball is kicked and touched by another player.

Goal Kick

Referee points to a corner of the goal area from which kick is to be taken.

Goal Kick - Asst Ref

Assistant Referee points his flag at goal area from which kick is to be taken.

Corner Kick

Referee points towards corner of the field from which kick is to be taken.

Corner Kick - Asst Ref

Assistant Referee points his flag at corner area from which kick is to be taken.

Penalty Kick

Referee points to penalty mark from which kick is to be taken.

Penalty Kick - Asst Ref

Assistant Referee holds his flag straight up. Once the center referee notices, the AR makes quick, small waves with the flag and then goes to stand in front of the corner flag on the goal line to indicate a penalty kick.

Substitution

Assistant Referee signals to the referee by holding his flag overhead with both hands

Throw In

Points in direction of attacking team that won the ball. (Which way the ball is going.)

Throw In - Asst Ref

Assistant Referee stops running, points the flag straight up, and then lowers the flag to a 45 degree angle in the direction of the throw.

Offside

Referee blows whistle and raises his arm straight up reflect the AR's call. Keep arm raised until ball is kicked and touched by another player.

Offside - Asst Ref

Assistant Referee points his flag straight up above his head to signal offside violation to the referee

Offside Location

After Assistant Referee signals offside, he then shows location of infraction by holding his flag out in front of him -- flag held low indicates infraction occurred at side of field nearest to him, middle = center of field, high = far side of the field.

Goal

Referee points towards the center circle -- the location of the next kickoff -- and moves to the position for the next kick off.

Goal - Asst Ref

Assistant Referee provides comfirmation of a goal by sprinting up the touch line towards the halfway line -- enough of a sprint to be obvious -- and then positioning himself for the kickoff

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