Goal controversy at Birmingham v Liverpool

BT Sport – Madness! Two long-distance lobs scored in 30 seconds.

Beautiful goal by Fara Williams, but not valid.

let’s have a look at the Laws of the Game :

Law 8

Definition of kick-off
A kick-off is a way of starting or restarting play:
• at the start of the match
• after a goal has been scored
• at the start of the second half of the match
• at the start of each period of extra time, where applicable
A goal may be scored directly from the kick-off.
Before a kick-off at the start of the match or extra time
• a coin is tossed and the team that wins the toss decides which goal it will
attack in the fi rst half of the match.
• the other team takes the kick-off to start the match.
• the team that wins the toss takes the kick-off to start the second half of the
• in the second half of the match, the teams change ends and attack the
opposite goals.
• after a team scores a goal, the kick-off is taken by the other team.
• all players must be in their own half of the fi eld of play
• the opponents of the team taking the kick-off are at least 9.15 m (10 yds)
from the ball until it is in play
• the ball must be stationary on the centre mark
• the referee gives a signal
• the ball is in play when it is kicked and moves forward
• the kicker must not touch the ball again until it has touched another player

Also in the chapter Interpretation of the Laws of the Game and Guidelines for Referees

Use of whistle
The whistle is needed to:
• start play (1st, 2nd half), after a goal
• stop play:
– for a free kick or penalty kick
– if the match is suspended or abandoned
– when a period of play has ended due to the expiration of time
• restart play for:
– free kicks when the appropriate distance is required
– penalty kicks
• restart play after it has been stopped due to:
– the issue of a yellow or red card for misconduct
– injury
– substitution
The whistle is NOT needed to:
• stop play for:
– a goal kick, corner kick or throw-in
– a goal
• restart play from:
– a free kick, goal kick, corner kick, throw-in
A whistle which is used too frequently unnecessarily will have less impact when
it is needed. When a discretionary whistle is needed to start play, the referee
should clearly announce to the players that the restart may not occur until after
that signal.

As the referee as admitted not to have blown the whistle the goal cannot stand and therefore is not valid.


This is a technical error by the referee : A technical error occurs when the referee recognizes an infringement of the Laws but restarts the game in the wrong way. Such a decision is correctable by the competition authority.

Off to you the FA….

I just received an answer from the FA about that case, it is the standard answer you get when you moan about referees being wrong in the men’s premier league games for example. I would have received the same if I had complained about Clattenburg Leicester v Man Utd

“Whilst understanding any frustrations as a football fan, every supporter will have an opinion on the game’s major talking points and we’re always interested to hear them.  The Football Association receives frequent correspondence on individual refereeing decisions across all levels of football as well as on the performance of referees in general. It is important to understand that without a referee there is no game and as a result the long-term health of football relies on recruiting, retaining and developing referees. Whilst 100% consistency is impossible when human judgment is introduced into a situation, referees get the overwhelmingly majority of decisions right. In fact they are arguably the most consistent people in the game making split-second decisions that will be analysed repeatedly by slow motion cameras and panels of football experts.

There is a system in place for monitoring the performance of referees and referee’s assistants. This involves referees assessors and reports from club managers. All assessors come from a footballing background and the majority are fully qualified referees themselves. The performances of referees over a season are then taken into consideration when the leagues appoint their referees for the following season.

We do appreciate all of the feedback we receive from supporters. This feedback is collated and used to build a picture of public opinion and is subsequently fed back internally within the organisation. Please rest assured your comments will form part of this feedback process.”


I guess the FA people consider the incident as a factual decision rather than a technical error. If they cannot see the difference between those two things they should not be working in football.

Published by Sylvain

women's football fan since 1998

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