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Question Number: 35190

Law 14 - The Penalty kick 10/30/2023

RE: Rec Under 14

James of Lenox, Massachusetts United Staes asks...

Penalty kick during regulation time:

Player takes penalty kick
Goalie saves(deflects) the shot and bounces off post
Ball comes into play
Player who took the penalty shot then kicks it back into net.

Goal or no goal?

Answer provided by Referee Peter Grove

Hi James,
This is a goal. There can only be a "double touch" offence if the the same player, from a dead ball situation, touches the ball twice in succession without an intervening touch from another player. This has not happened here, because the goalkeeper has touched the ball. So the goal is good.

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Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Hi James
Thanks for the question.
As described it is a perfectly good goal as the touch by the goalkeeper allowed the kicker to play the ball legally. Had it come back directly off the post without any touch by another player including the goalkeeper the kicker would be restricted by way of a double touch from playing the ball. As that did not happen the goal was good
The only other restriction would be if time was extended to allow the penalty kick. No playing of a rebound would be permitted in such a scenario

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Answer provided by Referee Richard Dawson

Hi James,
not much to add, my colleagues are spot on as usual.
The PK if taken without incident:
ie no infringements by the kicker , player encroachment or early keeper movement
The moment the keeper makes physical contact with the ball the PK kicker is relieved of the 2nd touch restriction, as another player, it could be any of the other 21 players, but in this case an opposing keeper's save, has released him to play the rebound!
ONLY if the ball had DIRECTLY struck the woodwork and came back off the crossbar or either post is the PK kicker NOT permitted to play the ball. It is an INDFK out at the point the ball is touched. I recall once the AR was standing along the goal line, moved up considerably from the touchline to watch for keeper off the line movement. The PK kicker pumped the ball off the posts towards the AR the ball had not completely crossed the goal line which deflected off his knee , back towards the PK kicker. Back then the referee was part of the playing conditions so a PK kicker would be guilty of an INDFK . Nowadays there is a DB restart if an official accidentally interferes with play so a DB to the Keeper.

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