Different means of getting to exactly the same outcome but I agree with @JamesL on this. Prior to 17/18 verbal distraction was listed as misconduct with no restart listed for it. So if you stop the game for it, you used the ‘catch all’ restart of IFK for stopping game to caution. So: Offence caused caution Caution caused IFK restart 17/18 listed a verbal offence as IFK restart. So Offence caused caution Offence caused IFK A slight technical difference. Pre 17/18 IFK was dependent on the caution which in turn was dependent on the offence. Post 17/18 both the caution and the IFK are dependent on the offence. In both cases it means either all three (offence, caution, IFK) or none. The only thing that changes is the standard assessor/observer comment for awarding an IFK without cautioning. It was “unless you are cautioning, you can’t stop game for an IFK restart’. It should change to “The same offence you gave an IFK for requires a caution. You must punish with both”.