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Question Number: 27537

Law 10 - Method of Scoring 6/19/2013

RE: Rec College

Shane of Frisco, Tx USA asks...

If a defender or goalie intentionally fouls a shooter (no intention for going for the ball) inside the box to prevent a goal, can the referee award a goal or does the team have to take a penalty kick?

Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Hi Shane
The referee can and should play advantage which means that the goal can be awarded. the referee can also go back and caution the offender if the manner of the foul merited same.

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Answer provided by Referee Keith Contarino

Did the ball cross the goal line in accordance with Law 10? If so, unless the referee foolishly stopped play before that happened, he gives advantage and allows the goal. If not, PK (assuming a DFK foul) and send off

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Answer provided by Referee Gary Voshol

The referee cannot give a goal that didn't happen. The attacking team must take a penalty kick for the infraction. But the wise referee will hold off on whistling for the foul until she is sure a goal won't be scored. If a goal is scored imminently, the ref will invoke advantage and count it.

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