What’s the law on carrying the ball in an unconventional manner? We have all seen the trick of bending forward and placing the ball between shoulder blades. What if it is carried like that for a few meters? Or into the goal? What if its placed between two players bodies (say chests) and carried (it will be hard) while being shielded by their bodies?
not sure how agile u guys are in the o/35s but ive never seen that done in u12 thru to 21s lol maybe we could think of less bizzare ways of carring the ball in an unconventional manner lol say wedgin the ball between ur 2 feet and doing a forward roll over the (diving) keeper to score a goal
Your examples all involve 'carrying' the ball into goal, which is illegal except for a goal keeper in his own area. These would all come under the heading of 'unsportsman like conduct' and incur an indirect free kick. (The older versions of the LOTG spelt this out in detail, albeit it is missing from the revised and updated versions these days.)
ive seen in the EPL (guessing it was not picked up by the ref) but a player had 2 oposition players coming towards him and he wedged the ball between his legs and jumped between them and then ran on with the ball (its actually in a few "soccer skills" videos) was that still ileagal ?
USB is almost always in the opinion of the referee and I suppose is considered on a case by case basis. Keep in mind that LOTG explicitly allows feinting in the normal play (again subject to it not being USB in the opinion of the referee).
Two other good examples I thought of - Catching the ball with your jersey and then carrying it. - Forming a rugby style ruck with the ball in the middle and moving it forward.
one time in skool football we did that last one, although we were down by about 7 or 8 and nothing came from it so i think the ref let it pass was just a bit of fun lol. am i to asume USB means unsporting behaviour > cuz otherwise i got no idea lol
If nothing else, if you are "holding" the ball in some unconventional means, say between your shoulder blades, the first time a player comes near you, I will award a FK against you as you are putting yourself at risk and therefore playing in a dangerous manner.
Any opinions expressed here are mine alone and not necessarily indicative of any formal Referee's body unless otherwise stated.
CDad - Your senario about carrying the ball chect to chest - here is another thought - if they are facing each of the goals when doing this, once they pass the second last defender then the guy with his back to his opponents goal then becomes offside.