Offensive fouls without the ball
Contrafouls should not be considered as a part of our active game, especially when the fouls happen away from the ball position or the focus of the game. They break the natural flow of the game, are hardly understandable by the public and completely not understandable by TV viewers. Referees should keep the number of contrafouls at a minimal level. As we see, analyzing the games, most of the contrafouls are the reaction of the attacker to continuous abuse by a defender. In many situations the attacker is being held, impeded or illegally pushed out of position. And when he/she slightly pushes off from the defender the contra foul is being called. This is a wrong interpretation of a contrafoul. Calling the first foul and not the reaction will eliminate a big number of contrafouls. Except in case of aggressive or violent play, contrafouls should be called in proximity of the location of the ball and/or the action. If a referee believes that the attacker gained the position by an illegal move, it is possible to wait few seconds until he/she receives the ball and then call the contrafoul. Just taking position illegally doesn’t mean that a player has gained advantage: the advantage appears only in the moment when he/she receives the ball. And this is the correct moment to call a contrafoul. The referee should always show the reason of the call of the contrafoul by using the signals from the rule book to make his decision understandable for players, coaches and spectators .


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