> Watching last night, I cannot help but to believe Reiziger's throw in
> technique is illegal. He drags the ball up over his shoulder, not his
> head, and in some cases it is enough to make both his hands come up on
> one side of his head (the right).
> Isn't that illegal on both counts?
I saw *one* legal throw from Reiziger the whole game. Ironically
enough, it came immediately after Ljungberg was pulled up for a foul
A legal throw...
- Is taken with both feet at least partially on or behind the touchline
- Is taken from the point where it crossed the touchline
- Is taken facing the field of play
- Is taken with the ball being thrown, in one smooth motion, *straight*
over the head with both hands
- The player has one or both feet entirely in the field of play
(excluding the touchline)
- The player "cheats" his way down the line, so that he takes the throw
from a fair way away from where it went out
- The player lifts his foot while throwing
- The player halts in the middle of his throw, usually to deceive a
defender by changing direction or even just throwing off his timing
- The player attempts to spin the ball as it goes over his head. This
usually means it doesn't go straight over his head, and is (I think)
what Reiziger was attempting in the SWE/NED game.
- The player does not start his throw from behind his head
Reiziger did not always throw the ball straight over his head. He also
seemed to have lifted his foot at least once towards the end of normal
time there; we didn't get a good camera angle, but the way he was
leaning forward suggested it.
I'm rather surprised. You don't often see foul throws called at this
sort of game, but that's mostly because the players are good enough
that they don't commit them.
 Admittedly I wasn't paying attention to all of them. After a while
his technique made my teeth stand on edge, and I had to look
 And I wasn't paying attention to Ljungberg's throw, either. Anyone
notice what he did wrong? (I've run out of blank and tape-overable
 Or near enough to. I usually give about six feet latitude, more if
I can't remember/couldn't tell where it went out.
 Player on Saturday picked the ball up from almost the exact spot it
went out (there were a number of kitbags behind the touchline,
which stopped it going too far), walked forward down the line. I
called "that'll do, thanks, mate!" and held up my hand. He started
running, and threw it in after travelling several feet further (in
other words, he'd gained about five or six metres by the time he
released the ball, even though everyone on the pitch knew exactly
where it went out). Seemed surprised to be called on a foul throw.
"He's dead, Jim. You grab his tricorder, I'll get his wallet."
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