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Question Number: 26776

Law 14 - Penalty kick 9/17/2012

RE: AYSO Under 19

Chris Cruz of Rogersville , TN Hawkins asks...

On a penalty kick, does the attacking team have to be outside the arc on the 18 yard line? Cause one of our players were inside of the arc and our team scored the penalty, but the ref called it off because he was inside the arc.

Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Hi Chris
Yes the players must be outside the arc in other words every player must be 10 yards from the ball until it is kicked.
As the attacking team has infringed Law 14 the goal is disallowed and the penalty kick is retaken.

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Answer provided by Referee Gary Voshol

For any restart the players must be 10 yards from the ball, and the penalty arc marks that distance. If players move inside the arc before the kick is taken, they have encroached the distance.

You don't indicate when your players were within the arc. If they were there while the kick was being set up, the referee should not have blown the whistle for the kick until they moved out.

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Answer provided by Referee Michelle Maloney

That penalty arc is there to measure 10 yards from the penalty mark. All players, with the exception of the kicker and the defending keeper must be outside the penalty area, behind the penalty mark (12 yards from the goal line, and outside the penalty arc.

Attacking players who enter the arc before the kick is taken have cheated/encroached. If the kick scores, the kick is retaken. If the kick does not score, the defense is given an IDFK from where the player entered the arc or penalty area.

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Answer provided by Referee Dennis Wickham

The referee was correct.

All players (other than kicker and GK) must be outside the penalty area AND ten yards from the ball. The penalty arc is ten yard back.

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