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Question Number: 21209

Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 4/27/2009

robert of brick, NJ United States asks...

when an infringement of Law 12 occurs, when a player intentionally passes a ball back to the goalkeeper who handles it, where is the restart (IDFK) taken from? Is it from the spot where the player passed the ball back or is it from the spot where the goalkeeper picks it up?

Answer provided by Referee Debbie Hoelscher

The IFK is taken from the point of the infraction. In this case the infraction is that the goal keeper, while in their own penalty area controlled the ball with their hands after having received it from a kick from their teammate. (That is assuming that the 'passed the ball back' part of your question was referring to a kick, rather than heading it, kneeing it or chesting the ball back to their keeper.) The infraction is not that the ball was passed back. The infraction was that the goal keeper then picked it up. Based on that, you know then that the restart must be where the goal keeper picked it up.

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Answer provided by Referee Keith Contarino

It's not an infraction to deliberately kick the ball to your goalkeeper. It's an infraction only if the keeper then handles the ball. The restart is from where the infraction occurs. In this case, where the keeper handles the ball, unless inside the goal area in which case the IDFK would be from the six yard line parallel to where the keeper handled the ball. Also, please note that if the keeper goes outside his penalty area and handles the ball, this is a direct free kick foul.

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Answer provided by Referee Richard Dawson

Keeper is the guilty party!
Once the keeper decides to use the hands ONLY then is an INDFK awarded from this point subject to the special circumstances of the goal area! The ball is spotted 6 yards away from goal no matter where the infringment occurs inside the 6 yard goal area as the ball is brought straight back to the goal AREA line that parallels the actual goal line, at 6 yards away!

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