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Question Number: 16153

Law 14 - Penalty kick 7/28/2007

RE: Recreational League Other

TC of minneapolis, minnesota USA asks...

If I take a penalty kick, when I kick the ball, can my motion carry over, to run a few steps after or must I stop at the line? Thank You.

Answer provided by Referee Gil Weber

TC, as soon as the ball moves forward it is in play. Assuming all players were properly positioned and neither team has violated Law 14 prior to the ball being put into play (for example, by encroaching within 10 yards of the penalty mark) then at that moment all players of both teams are free to move anywhere they wish on the field. There are no restrictions what-so-ever.

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Answer provided by Referee Chuck Fleischer

Once you have kicked and moved the ball it is in play. That means everyone is permitted to run around as he chooses. The only restrictions on you is this, until the ball touches another player you can't touch it again.


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Answer provided by Referee Ben Mueller

You can kick the ball and follow it in if you want. Once the ball has been kicked and moves forward, it is in play. All players can proceed to next position at that point. Remember though that you cannot touch ball twice in a row as its an IFK for opponents if you do,

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