Although the players should realise it's indirect (because it would be a penalty if not) they will probably not do so immediately. Why would you require a retake because the GK and defenders are not ready?
Had there been an observer at the match, the post-match discussion would have been interesting! Once the attacking team are ready to take the free kick, there is no reason to delay it while the defence get organised . . . and if it was 8 yards from goal that process would be a long one, with...
I have to confess the difference between "too busy" and "over-crowded" escapes me🤭
I live half a mile from the South coast so have seen at first hand a total disregard for others - distancing especially - on and near local beaches.
My worry is that is what we can expect from supporters when...
This also raises the question around supporters from a lockdown area hoping to travel to games outside that area, with all that entails. Not easy for the Government or The FA or CFA's (some of whom are still using the furlough scheme for many staff)
The FA guidance to referees specifies that the laws of the game apply, so IMO a dropped ball should be a dropped ball.
Taking your argument forward, would you suggest a kick-in instead of a throw-in to avoid the need for a player to handle the ball?
Sadly, Brian, your beach buddies were the exception. As an example, Bournemouth had extra police and council officials having to close access to some beaches by lunchtime because of over-crowding.
The point I was making was that a lot of people are now ignoring the law, which does not bode well...
The leagues and County FA's will decide when they start the next season . . . my local Supply League have announced 05 September, for example.
Each youth league will make decisions and introduce a set of Covid rules to suit the local situation.
Start dates vary anyway around the country...
Many thanks for some thought-provoking responses, and for handling failure to agree in an adult manner(!)
I will send a summary of the expressed views to our IFAB representative, in the hope they can be considered for 2021-2022 inclusion.
Stay safe, and get fit!