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Question Number: 1640

Law 13 - Free Kicks

david nichols of , asks...

what if a goalkeeper recieves a ball from a throwin from his own teammate and picks the ball up with his hands not more than 7 ft. away from his own you award the opposing team a indirect free kick?if so what about the 10yd.rule? there isn`t enough room for the opposing defense to back off 10 yards.

Answer provided by Referee miller

According to Law 13: "Indirect free kick to the attacking team: .all opponents are at least 9.15 m (10 yds) from the ball until it is in play, unless they are on their own goal line between the goalposts"

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Answer provided by Referee stewart

If the goalkeeper has picked the ball up in his Goal Area, then the Indirect Free Kick would be taken from the 6 yard line at the nearest point parallel to the goal-line. Any opponents nearer than 10 yards must be on their goal-line and between the goalposts

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