A TV commentator for a recent top game said, 'It's about time they changed the handball law to stop all this confusion - if the ball hits a hand or an arm in the area it should be a penalty'.
What a load of rubbish! Handball has always been an offence only if it is deliberate and it is a nonsense to make it otherwise. If the 'deliberate' part of the law is taken away players could purposely kick the ball at another player's hand or arm in an attempt to get a penalty or a free kick.
A recent new trend in the modern professional game is for defenders to put their hands behind their backs when challenging for a ball when it is about to be crossed, particularly if they are in the penalty area. This should not be necessary and natural arm movements should never be penalised in a ball to hand situation.
If players feel that it is necessary to put their hands behind their backs to avoid the risk of a penalty being given in an accidental handball situation then referees are, in my opinion letting them down!
Hi Johnny, Couldn't agree more. Thats why they should stick to commentating and leave the refereeing matters to the referees. Next thing you know they want to make it a non-contact sport because they cant figure out what contact is a foul and what is just sporting contact ;D
Yes Jonny the word delibrate did improve the law. But like many other laws, its the interpretation of the law that effects the dicision, as long as we are consistent in our calls through out the match this keeps the desent down. Position, strong calls and understanding of the rules helps as well.
I think you need to look at this from a players point of view... If you having a shot and a defenders natural arm motions are spread out and it comes into contact with his hand/arm then it should definetly be a penalty/free kick. The way you are saying means that the only way a hand ball can be given if the player purposely moves his arms to touch the ball... I have been pulled up going Into a tackle and the ball pops up and strikes my hand which is fair enough but I never moved my hand in a way to deliberately touch the ball with my hand so would that be a free kick or not? I agree with the commentators the laws need to be adjusted that in the case a players hand comes into contact with the ball away from their body then it is a free kick... That allows for players to still use their hands to protect themselves but also allows for players not to get away with making arm movements look accidental to impede/block a shot or cross. Just my thoughts?
For example: By leaving your arm or hand in a given position, you are deliberately allowing the ball to strike. So, ball to hand, but handball all the same.
Where the hand/arm move to the ball, it should always be a DFK. Where the hand/arm remain stationary but the ball strikes, may be HB but the decision at park level must take into account the age, and skill level of the players.
Any opinions expressed here are mine alone and not necessarily indicative of any formal Referee's body unless otherwise stated.
Ahh ok thanks... Understand further now I am obviously not a referee.. But that clears it up. I agree with allowing of age/level to come into account but this makes it much more clear to a player as I can guarantee most get quite confused even at an older age. Thanks!