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Question Number: 27965

Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 11/3/2013

Tom of Northridge, US asks...

Goalie has ball in hands, then starts motion to punt,then drops ball from hands, defender cleanly redirects ball before ball touches ground or goalie's foot, without touching goalie. Has a foul been committed?

Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Hi Tom
As described yes it is a foul.
When you say defender I assume you mean opponent. If that is the case the opponent cannot challenge the goalkeeper while he has the ball in his possession which includes making a punt. When the opponent prevents the goalkeeper from releasing the ball from his hands that is an offence punished by an indirect6 free kick
Now the referee has to consider did the goalkeeper throw the ball to the ground or drop the ball as a mistake without any interference whatsoever from an opponent in which case the ball is available to be played by an opponent.
Now if the opponent is so close that he can touch the ball before it touches the ground then that is almost certain that the opponent prevented proper release and that is a foul.

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Answer provided by Referee Dennis Wickham

Yes. This is considered interfering with the keeper's release of the ball.

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Answer provided by Referee Keith Contarino

Yes it has and an Indirect Free Kick is awarded the keeper's team.

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