Advantage is a wonderful clause in the rules in which whistling the foul would actually be hurting the team being fouled by not letting play continue.
Let’s say the white midfielder is dribbling the ball outside the blue penalty area when a blue player pushes white. Yet white does not fall down and is still able to continue the dribble unimpeded toward goal. The ref yells “Play on!” with both arms extended, indicating to everybody that there’s an advantage.
When a team scores from an advantage, I feel as good as the goal scorer for having applied this clause correctly. But just continuing to move the ball upfield is a sign that advantage was applied correctly.
To properly maintain game control, give the proper signal of arms outstretched and yell “Play on!” Also, later try to tell the fouled player, “I saw the hold but did not call it as your team had the advantage” and the player who fouled, “No more holding. I di
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