It was Columbus Day weekend here, creating a holiday opportunity for many youth soccer (football) tournaments. I was referee of a half dozen games on Sunday and Monday in Natick, a neighboring town.
Even though these are children's games, the level of play is excellent, and the games often present challenging calls for the referee. Here's the situation I faced in one of the games. You decide the call, and later today, I will post my decision, along with commentary from some of my colleagues.
It is a Under-12, top division, boys match, hard driving and physical but quite clean.
A high bouncing ball approaches red's goal. The red goalkeeper comes out to get it, but it starts to bounce over him. As it is in the air over his head, a white player, having jumped up, cleanly heads it into the goal. The two collide and both are knocked down. The goalie is hurt by the collision and has to leave the field.
Your call. Allow the goal? Or, call a dangerous play against the white attacker and not allow the goal?
Do you need any other facts to help decide the matter?