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Question Number: 24014

Law 14 - Penalty kick 9/25/2010

RE: REC Under 15

Paul of Barstow, CA USA asks...

Referee after a penalty kick the ball was dertermined to have lost it's forward motion and the ref stops play. What is the proper restart?

Answer provided by Referee Jason Wright

If we're talking about a penalty kick during the normal course of the match, then from the moment the ball is kicked forwards, play continues. Whether the ball carries forward motion or not has nothing to do with the referee; if it doesn't cross the goal line either into or out of the goal, then play simply continues.

The notion of the kick being over once forward motion has ceased is only relevant during Kicks From The Mark and a penalty kick that occurs at the end of a half which time has been extended to permit. This is because, unlike a penalty kick in normal play, the attacking team cannot chase the ball into the goal and kick it again if the keeper saves it but doesn't hold onto the ball.

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Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Hi Paul
In normal play the referee would not stop play when the ball is kicked forward at a penalty kick unless there has been an infringement of the Laws of the Game. In that situation the referee would wait for the outcome of the kick and then decide the necessary restart as set out in Law 14 either award a goal, retake or an IDFK.
If there is no infringement play continues as normal and the ball is back in play.

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Answer provided by Referee Nathan Lacy

A minor detail to clarify - it is not a matter of the 'forward motion' being lost but that the ball has lost sufficient energy so that it will not enter the goal on its own accord. There was a recent situation in a professional league where a PK was taken, the goalie made the save and sent the ball back towards the kicker, but the ball had sufficient spin on it that it reversed its direction due to the spin and slowly made its way back in to the goal. Good goal!! (The goalie, by the way, was so busy celebrating his 'save' that he failed to notice that the ball was making its way ever so slowly back in to the net. Imagine HIS surprise when the goal was awarded.) So, just because the ball is 'initially' saved and the forward motion "lost", be sure that the ball no longer has sufficient energy to enter the goal on its own before blowing the whistle and possibly ending the kick too early. All the best,

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