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The restart

The restart is a means to continue with play after points have been scored or at the start of each half of a match.

Aims for the MOs

  • To restart play with a fair contest for the ball.

Referee’s focus

  • The kick and the place where the ball lands.

Communication

  • Voice: Ensure teams are ready before allowing play to proceed.
  • Signal: None applicable at this phase.
  • Whistle: For kick-off this is the only time you use the whistle to start, rather than to stop, the game.

Laws (top three priorities)

  • For kick-off, check that the correct type of kick is used.
  • Watch for the kicker’s team mates moving in front of the ball before it is kicked.
  • Check that the ball travels a minimum of 10m.