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Question Number: 33171

Law 3 - The Players 3/21/2019

RE: Rec Adult

Steve Quinn of Perth, WA Australia asks...

This question is a follow up to question 33159

In your answer to Jeremy Brogan, a couple of you said the restart to an extra person on the field of play when a goal is scored was a goal kick or IFK. Surely that has now been changed to a DFK from wherever the extra player was?

Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Hi Steve
Good catch. I was using the *old* position. The answers have been amended
Under the amended Law play is restarted with a direct free kick from the position of the extra person.
I guess the challenge will be determining the position of the *extra* player at the moment of the goal particularly when every player has moved subsequently.
The interesting scenario would have been had the extra player been the *new* goalkeeper? Would a penalty kick be appropriate?

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Answer provided by Referee Richard Dawson

Hi Steve,
it was a good catch because it raises the question of the restart no longer being how the ball went out of play (last touched before crossing the goal line) but the ONLY real restart spot should be on the touchline where the extra player entered, otherwise you could conceivably wind up with a PK? But what if the extra player is not identified, in other-words if we arbitrarily have to pick one? The Goal kick (last touched by attackers) or INDFK (if own goal) out from the goal area makes far greater sense than a DFK especially if the extra player is unidentified which is quite likely in youth unlimited subs.

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