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Question Number: 29485

Law 1- The Field 6/17/2015

RE: Intrest in football Adult

Zin Lin Htet of Yangon, Yangon Myanmar asks...

The ball hit to the corner flag. Come back in the field of play after hit. How to decide it? Continue to play or corner kick or goal kick?

Answer provided by Referee Richard Dawson

Hi Zin,
If the ball hit the corner flag and ...stayed... in play, then play continues, as the flags are part of the field conditions. As long as the ball did not exit the FOP, play on!

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Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

As all of the ball has not fully crossed all of a boundary line it is still in play and the referee will allow play to continue. It is like the ball hitting the frame of the goal. As the ball returns to the field of play the game continues.

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Answer provided by Referee James Sowa


A ball is in play until it fully crosses the end line or touch line. Treat the corner flags the same as you would the goal post. If the ball hits the goal post and stays in play, we continue play. The same is true of the corner flags.

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Answer provided by Referee Ben Mueller

Ball did not cross the goal line or touch line. It is in play.

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