USSF Referee MemorandumsTo: State Referee Administrators
State Youth Referee Administrators
State Directors of Referee Instruction
State Directors of Referee Assessment
National Referee Instructors and Trainers
From: Alfred Kleinaitis
Subject: Removing the Jersey While Celebrating a Goal
Date: June 29, 2004
With the recently announced approval by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) of a new Decision in Law 12, referees will be required, as of July 1, 2004, to caution and show the yellow card to any player who removes their jersey as part of a goal celebration. Since this player behavior has been the subject of different requirements in the past, U.S. Soccer will be making the attached presentation available at our web site...
This presentation, developed by FIFA and slightly modified by USSF, explains the new decision and how it should be implemented. The presentation is consistent with the “USSF Advice to Referees” provided in Memorandum 2004 on the annual Law changes.
The presentation is
a colorful and concise explanation of the following points:
Players whose behavior stops short of removing the jersey (as defined above) are not required to be cautioned, but they may be cautioned if, in the opinion of the referee, the player’s behavior results in or is a part of an excessively delayed restart of play.
The presentation slides are accompanied by detailed instructor notes.
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