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Question Number: 26922

Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 10/20/2012

RE: 8 Under 15

greg of auburn, ca usa asks...

what is the correct call if a goal keeper has possession of the ball and the attacking player makes dangerous contact at the point of goal keeper possession?

Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Hi Greg
As there is contact in this challenge it is a penal foul punished by a direct free kick. Also if the referee is of the view that the contact is reckless then the player should be cautioned for USB.
Also If the goalkeeper had the ball clearly in his possession and the contact was an effort to dislodge the ball, intimidation, preventing release etc then a caution would be required.

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Answer provided by Referee Dennis Wickham

Any contact with the keeper who is possession of the ball is a foul. The nature of the contact (force, speed, reason, etc) can lead to a caution or send off.

Note: under high school (NFHS) rules , it is a point of emphasis: a flagrant foul against a keeper in possession of the ball leads to a disqualification (red card).

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Answer provided by Referee Michelle Maloney

If the keeper has possession of the ball, the other team is not allowed to make any contact with the keeper. In those situations when the keeper's possession is followed immediately by contact from an attacker who was also going for the same ball, the referee must decide if the contact was incidental or trifling, and let play continue or decide it was not and call the DFK offense. Depending on the force and other factors, it could be a caution or sending off. If there is no contact, then we are looking at an IDFK for preventing the keeper from releasing the ball.

In the younger ages, the referee would be wise to err on the side of calling a foul if it appears there was dangerous contact (not sure exactly what that means?). Safety is first in the youth game, and most of the players are still learning the game. Calling a foul here allows the players to figure out what is and is not okay.

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