yes absolutely, age is irrelevant, obviously with o/35's is different as physical attributes become more serious in a player. in a game a FK for slide tackle was given for an under 18 team, on the fact of duty of care, even the ball was hit first, but the follow on was dangerous which when explained to the player they accepted.....
oldref, The point i was making is that the words "defender" and "attacker" need to be replaced by "player". Otherwise the answers to your questions wont matter as the play will not be classified as a tackle and hence not a slide tackle.
But just for argument sake the scenario is after the ball is kicked in from a corner, the ball is in the the PA, the slide connect with the ball and nothing else, the ball goes into the goal and
The attacker was sliding towards the defender, The slide would have made contact with the defender if the defender didn't jump over the attackers feet.
Generically, I would say play on and goal. But, it is dependent on how close the defender was to the attacker at the time of the slide -if close enough to 'connect' with the defender, then it should be an IDFK.
Just trying to clarify a decision i saw on the weekend. Is playing the ball while on the ground the same as a slide tackle in the O35s?
A fair challenge for the ball was made after which one player ended up on the ground. Both players tried to kick the ball but the one on the ground kicked it first. The (unofficial) ref gave a free kick saying "you can't kick the ball if you are on the ground".
Firstly, the NO slide tackle rule for o35+. To be an offence, the player must BOTH slide and attempt to tackle the opponent. For example, sliding to push a ball away from an opponent (ie both running for the ball) without trying to tackle the opponent certainly would not fit the slide+tackle definition.
Playing the ball on the ground: this is not an offence in itself. However, the referee must take into account the manner of the attempt. Was it dangerous to an oppoent who was standing up near the ball (ie if the player on the ground missed the ball, was he liable to have hit and injured the standing opponent? Did the opponent on the ground kick out in a careless or reckless manner?
Dangerous play means you missed - so is only an IDFK. The same action which connects with an opponent becomes kicking.....= a DFK and possibly a card.