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Question Number: 25886

Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 1/13/2012

RE: Level 8 Under 11

Brendan of Folsom, Ca USA asks...

This question is a follow up to question 25872

Hypothetically, while the IFK direct to the goal was not touched by anyone else except with the hand by a defensive player, what would the call be if the ball still ended up going directly into the goal, how would the call have changed?
I'd say you have to count the goal as it was played or touched by the defense satisfying the rule for a goal off an IFK (would not matter if it was legal or not). I don't see how you could take the goal away. Agreed?

Answer provided by Referee Jason Wright

Just so I'm clear, you're asking what happens if an IFK is taken and the ball is headed for goal with no attacker in a position to touch it, when a defender deliberately handles it but the ball goes into the goal anyway?

The correct decision, as you say, is to award the goal. An IFK only requires that any 2nd player touch the ball for a goal to be scored. Doesn't matter who, nor what body part is involved.

The defender deliberately handles the ball, and as established in the other question this would be a penalty kick - but we have the opportunity to apply advantage, if there is one. As the ball goes into the goal, the advantage is applied (which is why it can be good to be aware of the entire scenario and hold the whistle for a few moments).

While you would normally consider cautioning a defender in such a scenario, as the lack of a competing attacker meant there was no attack nor opportunity to score unti lhe handled the ball, there is no reason to caution him.

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Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Hi Brendan
Yes that is agreed.
When the ball is kicked and moved by the kicker it is in play. Even if the next touch is illegal such as deliberate handling that still satisfies the 2nd touch requirement. The referee then has two choices either to punish the handling offence with a direct free kick or penalty or to play advantage by awarding the goal.

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Answer provided by Referee Keith Contarino

Unless the referee blows the whistle before all of the ball crosses over all of the goal line it's a goal. Had the referee blown a quick whistle, he would have to pull the ball out of the net and award a PK.
Still no red card because a goal could not have been scored before the ball was deliberately handled

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