In football, the center spot refers to the markings at the center of the pitch, where kick-off takes place. It is located within the 10-yard radius of the center circle. It serves as a guideline to players every time a kick-off happens.
Importance of Centre Spot
The center spot is an essential marking, particularly to the person-in-charge of taking the kick-off. The markings serve as a guideline, not only to the player but to the referee as well. It is where the referee puts the ball before an active play.
The center spot must have a flat surface. If the area does not have a flat surface, the ball will roll outside the sport. Part of the law mandated by the Laws of the Game is the ball needs to stay stationary.
Uses of the Centre Spot
There are three distinct uses of the center spot. These uses signify the start of the play. However, whenever the beginning of the play is called by the referee, it is only for these three purposes.
• Official start of the game
After the ceremonial introductions of the player, the referee signals that the game will officially start. All the players will go into the pitch. However, the players allowed inside the center spot are the person task to take the kick-off. Players that are not part of the kick-off are to be stationed outside the center circle.
• Second half of the game
In between matches, there are scheduled breaks. Once break time is over, all the players head to the center circle to signal that the match is about to resume. Again, only the player who will take the kick-off is to stay at the center spot. The rest of the players are to stay outside the circle.
• When a goal is scored
When a player scores a goal, the referee will signal for another kick-off. The same procedure needs to be followed by all the players. If the rules are not followed, either it was intentional or not, the referee will award penalties. The penalties can be indirect free-kick or a direct free-kick.