Definition: to continue playing. The referee says this when one team has broken the rules, but the other team has an advantage.
(This phrasal verb has more than one meaning)
E.g.1: The defender touched the ball with his hand, but the referee told them to play on and the striker scored a goal. E.g.2: The referee should have told them to play on, but he blew his whistle and stopped the game for a free kick.
This phrasal verb cannot be separated