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Question Number: 29800

Law 16 - Goal Kick 10/10/2015

RE: Select Under 13

Greg Perez of Park Ridge, New Jersey United States of America asks...

If a penalty kick rebounds off of the goalie, can the player who kicked the penalty kick be the first one to touch the ball?

Answer provided by Referee Richard Dawson

Hi Greg,
if it is a PK during regular match play YES! Although technically he is now the 2nd player. The ball is alive and even an accidental touch or deflection off the keeper eliminates the pk kicker's 2nd touch restriction

If the PK was an EXTENDED PK or if it was KFTPM to decide an outcome then NO, only the keeper can play the ball. All others are forbidden!

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Answer provided by Referee Gary Voshol

Absolutely not - because the goalkeeper already was the first player to touch the ball after the penalty kick. (I know, ha ha, kind of like making someone say May I instead of Can I)

Law 14 says that the player taking the penalty kick cannot touch it again until it is touched by another player. The goalkeeper is a player. The goal is not, so if the ball hits only the goal and bounces back to the kicker, then she's not allowed to play it again. But if the keeper has touched it, then it has touched another player, and the kicker is free to make another try at it.

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Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Hi Greg
The restriction of the kicker not touching the ball for a second time on a penalty kick only applies if it comes back off the frame of the goal. In that instance it has not touched another player. When it rebounds off the goalkeeper the kicker can play the ball again.

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