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Question Number: 23455

Law 9 - The Ball in and out of Play 6/11/2010

RE: Rec Under 11

sam of oregon, Wisconsin USA asks...

If the goalie saves it and then rolls or walks out of bounds without the ball touching out of bounds is it out? I wonder because I see people save it with some part of their body touching out. thanks

Answer provided by Referee Gary Voshol

If the ball completely crosses the line, whether in the air or on the ground (or held in goalkeeper's hand), it is out of play. In the case of the goalkeeper holding the ball, it doesn't matter where his feet or other body parts are, but where the ball is.

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Answer provided by Referee Jason Wright

All that matters is the position of the ball - the keeper can be entirely outside of the penalty area, but as long as any part of the ball is still in the penalty area (including being directly above any of the lines bordering the penalty area) then the ball is considered to be in the penalty area and no offence has occurred.

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