3. HOLDING AN OPPONENT

Referees are reminded to make an early intervention and to deal firmly with holding offences, especially inside the penalty area at corner kicks and free kicks. To deal with these situations:

  • the referee must warn any player holding an opponent before the ball is in play

  • caution the player if the holding continues before the ball is in play

  • award a direct free kick or penalty kick and caution the player if it happens once the ball is in play