The referee will signal for play to continue and call, “Play-on”, despite appeals from the players for a free-kick to be given. This is because he feels that the team in possession already has the advantage of a passing or goal-scoring opportunity.
How long is an advantage played?
An advantage in soccer should only last a few seconds or ends when the player fouled or their teammate successfully plays the ball to another player. After an advantage has finished and the play has stopped or left the field of play, the referee may decide to go back and caution the player who committed the foul.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of this rule in Soccer?
The biggest advantage is always given to the offensive team as they keep possession of the ball and can continue their attack. The attacking opportunity can be easier as the defensive team may be disorganized and not ready to stop the attack.
However, as these types of fouls are usually committed to stop play, the player fouled could pick up a serious injury and not be treated as play continues and the medical team cannot enter onto the pitch.