The FA Young Referees Development Programme Laws Of The Game Assessment

Last updated on 07 May 2014

In preparation for the 2014 YRDP Conference, we have prepared your first piece of distance learning, in the form of a Laws Of The Game Assessment.

‘Further to the welcome message from our chairman of the FA Referees Committee David Elleray it gives me great pleasure in starting your journey on this exciting 2 year development programme.


As we have previously stressed , coupled with your attendance at the 2014 and 2015 conferences there will be an element of distance learning on this programme and I am delighted to be able to give you an opportunity of fulfilling the first task.


Whilst we now place huge amounts of time, effort and resource in developing our referees it is extremely important that we do not neglect the basics. I would ask you to think about the essentials as to what a Referee must have at all times and more importantly what others in and around the game will always, always expect the Referee to have. This is a thorough and total understanding of the laws of the game.


I would like you to test yourself with the following 8 questions that we have put together around the laws of the game. Your knowledge should be relatively fresh in your mind – so please no cheating. This is an exercise purely for your own development at this stage, so we do not require any feedback in terms of your scores. There will however be a ‘test’ on the laws of the game as part of both conferences.


We will reveal the answers in 7 days time – so please keep a watchful eye on the website once you have answered the questions.’


Enjoy the learning.


Daniel Meeson



Young Referees Development Programme 2014/15 Laws Of The Game Assessment

This Assessment contains 8 questions, it is recommended you take no more than 30 minutes to answer all of the questions. Please read each question very carefully.


1) The ball is in play outside the penalty area when a player recklessly trips an opponent.  After stopping play what action would you take?


A) Caution the player and restart with a Direct Free-Kick to the offended team

B) Caution the player and restart with an In-Direct Free-Kick to the offended team

C) Send off the player and restart with a Direct Free-Kick to the offended team


2) Which of the following offences would you issue a caution for as listed under Law 12?


A) Dissent by word or action

B) Serious Foul Play

C) Deliberate handball


3) A player takes a Corner-Kick and scores directly in to his opponent’s goal.  How would you restart the game?


A) Kick-off

B) Goal-Kick

C) Indirect free-kick


4) A neutral Assistant Referee informs you that he has witnessed a defending player strike an attacker in a violent manner inside his own penalty area.  The Ball was out of play when the defender committed the offence.  What action would you take?


A) Tell the Assistant Referee that because the ball is out of play you will report the matter after the game but take no action

B) Send off the offending player for Violent Conduct

C) Caution the offending player for Unsporting Behaviour


5) You award a drop ball, which is uncontested by the defending side. The attacker intends to play the ball back to the defending goalkeeper, but “over hits” it. The ball goes directly into the defending side’s goal. What action do you take?


A) Caution the attacking player for Unsporting Behaviour and award an indirect free kick to the defence.

B) Take no action against the attacker and award an indirect free kick to the defence.

C) Award a goal kick to the defending side.

D) Retake the dropped ball.


6) You have just blown the whistle to signal the taking of a corner kick and the kicker is about to kick the ball. There has been jostling in the penalty area and you see the defending no. 5 deliberately elbow the attacking no. 9, striking him in the chest and winding him. The attacker dramatically falls to the ground.


Which of the following is the correct course of action?


A) Blow the whistle immediately to stop play restarting. Caution the defender for Unsporting Behaviour, because the ball was not in play at the time.

B) Allow play to continue and see the outcome of the corner kick.

C) Blow the whistle immediately to prevent play restarting. Send off the defender for violent conduct

D) Blow the whistle immediately to prevent play restarting. Caution both players for Unsporting Behaviour.


7) If, when a free kick is taken by the defending team from within its own penalty area, the ball is not kicked directly out of the penalty area, you should:


A) Allow play to continue if a defending player touches the ball next

B) Have the free kick retaken

C) Award a dropped ball from the point where the kick was taken

D) Award an indirect free kick to the attacking team


8) At half time, the Home Team changes their goalkeeper with a substitute, but forget to tell the Referee. The second half commences and after about ten minutes, you realised what has happened. At what point do you deal with the situation?


A) Immediately

B) At the end of the game

C) The next time the goalkeeper touches the ball

D) At the next break in play



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