Here without comment are instructions that have been given to referees by an assessor and by an instructor recently. I'll leave you to chew them over before I say any more. If you have a belief in how refereeing can preserve the integrity of the game, you may find them to be tough chewing!
I'm at the ODP camp in Alabama, and the other day I received this in an email from a referee at another ODP camp. It is a direct quote, but with the name of the instructor removed for reasons of tact:
... something I found interesting at the .... Camp was that the instructor .... talked about balancing the foul count in our matches. He suggested "control fouls" near mid-field and other non-danger zones to "even out" the foul count, even just to give the perception that we as the referee aren't biased towards one team over the other.
And then at an assessment, when I was asked (by the referee) as an observer to make some comments, I noted that he hadn't enforced the location of throw-ins throughout the match. He replied that he had been told by another assessor that he need not enforce the location of throws unless the opponent of the thrower made a fuss about the stolen yards. Only then, he was told, should he intervene and enforce the law.