According to LOTG, for a corner click (or nay other free kick that does not require a restart whistle), the ball is in play after it has been placed stationary and then it is kicked (touched by the foot) and moves.
Many players adjust the position of the ball by their foot and there is nothing wrong with that but can be interpreted as putting the ball in play. Consider this scenario; a player pretends to be adjusting the position of the ball, then moves away as thought his team mate is going to take the corner kick. His team mate comes to the ball and dribbles it forward to the edge of the box and crosses it in.
My question is, is this unsporting behavior? (I think it is)
I’d like to know the referees and players point of view please.
My further thoughts into this: If such incident happens, allow the game to continue. But next time (in the same game) if a player from that team adjusts the ball position with their foot then interpret it as ball in play, hence if they subsequently take the corner kick or readjust, ping them for touching the ball for a second time after putting it in play.
i think the rule should be more concrete on it matter (sorry law) in that as soon as the ball is set in motion by the foot the ball is in play (this means any rearrangin of position must be done by hand)
Today at Fred Caterson in an U/12 Div 1 game, the first corner of the match was taken from 1 metre away from the penalty box. And the next from about 4 metres away. I know I brought this up earlier in the year & your responce OKO was that it was something that would be addressed during the off season. I feel that it needs to be addressed sooner & that Granville should instruct all clubs to mark a line (outside the field of play) at the correct distance (8 yards) from the penalty box & all refs informed. The amount of times that you see a corner being taken from the wrong spot is far too high !!
When I used to coach my son's team in his younger years I always had the following rules printed out with me:
Corner kicks in games for U9 to U12 Under 9 to under 12 - corner kicks shall be taken from a point on the touchline some 8 yards from the edge of the penalty area. The ball may be placed up to 1 metre into the field of play. Goal Kicks & Free Kicks occurring within the penalty area (U9 to U10 only) Under 9 to Under 10 - Goal Kicks shall be taken from an imaginary line drawn through the penalty spot, and running parallel to the goal line.
I found this necessary because some refs & coaches get it confused.
Further confusion is often created by field marking because young players sometimes want to use the mark that is 10 yards from the corner to take their corners. Depending upon the size of the field the mark that is 10 yards from the corner is sometimes the same as 8 yards from the area. On other fields it is a long way off.
I hope that I have not confused you more - the rules quoted above are very clear.