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Question Number: 26766

Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 9/15/2012

RE: Youth Under 14

David Shorten of Ipswich, UK asks...

An attacker is blocked just outside of his opponents Penalty Area and both players fall to the ground. You signal for a Free Kick.
The attacker quickly gets up and takes a quick free kick deliberately knocking the ball against the defender who is still in the process of getting up, the ball rebounds to the kicker who smashes the ball into the back of the net.
The defender who committed the foul, wants the kick retaken. Youre the referee " what would you do?

Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Hi David
The Law in respect of Law 13 was changed in 2007. Prior to 2007 this would have been considered unsporting behaviour, a caution and an IDFK restart to the opponents.
In 2007 all that changed when the Laws advised referees that if a player, while correctly taking a free kick, intentionally kicks the ball at an opponent in order to play the ball again but neither in a careless nor a reckless manner nor using excessive force, the referee must allow play to continue.
So in your example as long as the ball was not moving and the free kick was taken from the correct location the referee must allow the goal.
By the way the same also applies to the throw in and the corner kick since 2007.

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Answer provided by Referee Michelle Maloney

I'd say ' You fouled him, and he took advantage of a QFK opportunity - who are you to complain?' This assumes of course that the ball was not violently kicked into the defender or kicked in such a way as to possibly harm or intimidate him, in which case the answer changes to an offense by the attacker and a FK the other direction.

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