Time Waster: Footage of why Canada goalkeeper Erin McLeod was penalised for breaking the six second rule

“I feel like we got robbed. The referee was very one-sided. She has to do what she has to do and believe in her decisions. I have never known this to happen in a game before. It was an interesting decision. Referees never make this kind of decision.” – Canada goalie Erin McLeod.

“The ref [Christiana Pedersen], she will have to sleep in bed tonight after watching the replays. She’s gonna have to live with that. We will move on from this. I wonder if she will be able to.” – Canada coach John Herdman.

“I’ve never seen [a six-second penalty] called without a warning. That was interesting. But you never know what’s going to happen. In soccer, you see the most bizarre things. I always refer back to our game against Brazil [in the 2011 World Cup quarters]. You never know what a ref will give you or take away. But you can’t use it as excuses. We gutted it out. We found a way to win.” – US goalie Hope Solo.


Perhaps the biggest talking point after the United State’s epic 4-3 win over Canada at the Olympics centred on a controversial refereeing decision.

With Canada 3-2 up in the 80th minute, the Americans were awarded a indirect free-kick inside the Canadian box after their keeper Erin McLeod was penalised for breaking the six second handling rule. That set-play resulted with Abby Wambach levelling the match 3-3.

Whilst undoubtedly a rarity in football, the ref’s Pedersen decision to award the Americans the free-kick was not without merit.

Watch Erin McLeod time wasting the Canadians to defeat below.