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Question Number: 28140

Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 1/26/2014

RE: rec Adult

mark rich of royalton, vt usa asks...

This question is a follow up to question 28099

The defensive team builds ' wall' 10 yards back from the ball . The offensive team has a free kick. Can the offences build their on wall - say 5 yards from the ball in an effort to 'blind' the goalkeeper - then move out of the way just in time, for the kicker?
----5 yards or any place, to their advantage (not offside)

Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Hi Mark
Yes that is allowed under the Laws and some teams have done this by placing two players directly in front of the ball. However many teams feel that it using up two players in a position that may be of little benefit to the team in event of a save, clearance, etc. so most don't bother.

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