The referee may play advantage whenever an offence occurs but should consider the following in deciding whether to apply the advantage or stop play:

  • the severity of the offence – if the offence warrants a sending-off, the referee must stop play and send off the player unless there is a clear opportunity to score a goal

  • the position where the offence was committed - the closer to the opponent’s goal, the more effective the advantage can be

  • the chances of an immediate, promising attack

  • the atmosphere of the match