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Question Number: 30274

Law 10 - Method of Scoring 4/10/2016

RE: rec College

manu of murree, punjab pakistan asks...

what if keeper saves goal behind the line but ball is not behind the line only his feet while saving corner kick ball is totally never cross the line is it goal or not if not then why???

Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Hi Manu
It is only the position of the ball that matters not the position of the players body. So unless all of the ball is over all of the goal line then no goal has been scored and it is play on.
Have a look at the second example here
Had the goalkeeper managed to stop the ball crossing the goal line even if he himself was behind the line then no goal would be awarded. In this example all the ball crossed all of the goal line and a goal should be awarded.
That principle applies throughout all of the laws. For instance if the ball is on a boundary line it is still in play and even if a player from off the field of play kicks the ball it is still in play.
Have a look at this video. It demonstrates a test where the goalkeeper moves with the ball in his outstretched arms. There is no goal at any point even with the GK over the line until all the ball crosses all of the goal line which in the video is around 34 seconds.

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Answer provided by Referee Jason Wright

Hi Manu,

All that matters is the position of the ball. The laws make no mention to the keeper's feet - only the position of the ball, and they state that a goal is only awarded if the goal crosses the goal line, between the goalposts and under the crossbar. Wholly crosses the line, that is - if 1% of the ball is on the line and 99% over, it's still no goal.

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Answer provided by Referee Richard Dawson

Hi Manu,
BALL location is the ONLY factor! The keeper could be completely outside his PA in behind the goal line or outside in the field as long as a portion of the ball remains on the boundary lines including the goal line that ball is in play and if he places a hand on the ball he is legally entitled to do so! For a goal to be scored the ball must completely cross the goal line, under the crossbar and between the posts!

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