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Question Number: 26772

Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 9/16/2012

RE: Competitive Under 14

Helen of Basel, BS Switzerland asks...

If a ball goes into the goal off a defender's hand, should the referee give a penalty kick or let the goal stand because of the advantage rule?


Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Hi Helen
The referee should play advantage if the handling is deemed to be deliberate and award the goal. There is no guarantee that a penalty will be scored

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Answer provided by Referee Michelle Maloney

The goal should stand whether the handling was deliberate or not.

If deliberate, advantage is allowed, and the goal is counted.

If accidental, there is no offense, thus the goal still counts.

A penalty kick for a deliberate handling would be injurious to the attacking team for no good reason if the ball quickly goes into the goal. Unfortunately, we refs sometimes blow the whistle too quickly for an offense, and once blown it cannot be retracted. If the whistle had blown, a PK is all that is available. More experienced refs will hold the whistle just a couple of seconds to see.

I recall a men's game where a defender actually caught the ball in his hands (was kicked directly at him), whereupon he promptly dropped it - I held the whistle to see what would happen next. I never expected the result. The guy bent down, picked it back up and handed it to me! That's the only time I've ever called a PK without blowing the whistle. Bizarre.

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Answer provided by Referee Keith Contarino

There is no greater advantage than a goal. Hopefully there was no whistle and a goal awarded.

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