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Question Number: 24650

Law 9 - The Ball in and out of Play 3/4/2011

RE: Junior Adult

David Cassells of Cowes, Victoria Australia asks...

This question is a follow up to question 24621

Should a free kick be given if the foul happened after a goal was scored? So a second shot at goal?

Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Hi David
Why would the referee disallow a goal when the offence happened after the goal was scored? When a goal is scored the ball is then out of play so it cannot be a foul just misconduct. Indeed if the defending team commits a foul before a goal is scored the referee can and should play advantage by allowing the goal. He can still take disciplinary action before the kick off restart if the foul so merited it.

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Answer provided by Referee Gary Voshol

Fouls cannot happen after a goal is scored. Fouls can only happen while the ball is in play. As a referee, you must know this.

Something that happens when the ball is not in play can only be sanctioned as misconduct. It does not change the restart.

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Answer provided by Referee Michelle Maloney

A second shot at goal? Seriously?

If the ball left the field (in this case going into the goal) the ball is out of play (see Law 9). Anything that happens between the ball leaving the field and the ball being put into play again is misconduct only.

What should have happened is the goal is counted; the misconduct is addressed; the ball is put back into play from a kickoff.

Now if the foul happened before the ball entered the goal the situation changes a bit but that's not what you presented.

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Answer provided by Referee Keith Contarino

David, a goal has been scored. The ball is now out of play. Any infringement of the Laws now must be dealt with as misconduct not as fouls because fouls, by definition, must occur on the field, against an opponent, while the ball is in play. Why would you even consider calling off a valid goal for an infraction AFTER the goal has been scored?

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