The Globe -- Bethlehem
Saturday, February 14, 1925
A Swing Along Athletic Row

Not Intended to Delete the Corner Kick
Discussion relative tot he corner kick in soccer has resulted in action by which a clearer interpretation of the motive is to be made, according to a news letter set out by the United States Football Association. Relative to the ruling on the corner kick and which became effective this year, no protests have been experienced insofar as the clubs of the American Soccer League are concerned, a general understanding being apparently prevalent throughout the circuit and also among the referees. However, a clearer interpretation of what is meant seems a matter of vital importance and would be the means of disposing of any protests or arguments should they arise. Referring to the wording as an oversight, reference to the corner kick and the action contemplated is disclosed in the following letter from the headquarters of the National Association.

"When the International Board changed the corner kick rule so that a player could score direct from the flag kick, they did not intend to delete the corner kick from the list of free kicks, yet that is what they did. This omission was an oversight on the part of the International Board and there can be no doubt whatever that the omission was never intended.

"The oversight caused no misunderstanding in this country among players and referees as the error of omission committed by the International Board was so obvious that both officials and players lived up to the spirit of the law without cavil or question . T his was not altogether the case in other countries where a deal of controversy arose relative to the interpretation of the rule in its altered form -- some referees holding that a player could dribble the ball from the flag when taking the corner kick and score in that manner, others holding that it would be most unwise and in direct violation of the intention of the rule to allow a player to dribble the ball. Even such a famous referee as Mr. John Lewis, a manager of the Rules Revision Committee of the Football Association and known the world over among soccer followers, was of the opinion that the rule as worded gave the player the right to dribble the ball if he so desire.

"The situation has been clarified by the Federation Internatioanle de Football Association, as that body, in their Bulletin No. 11 has issued instructions for officials of the game and players, stating that while the words "corner kick" were inadvertently deleted from Law No. 10 of the Laws of the Game, the corner kick must be deemed to be a free kick within Law No. 10 and that the kicker shall not play the ball a second time until it has been played by another player. At a meeting of the International Football Association Board to be held in June it will be proposed that the words "corner kick" be reinserted."

Bethlehem Steel Soccer Club