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Question Number: 28096

Law 9 - The Ball in and out of Play 1/8/2014

RE: rec Under 16

Gil of Melbourne, Victoria Australia asks...

during a friendly match, the ball hit the corner flag and then went out of bounds. the referee assigned a corner kick for my team, but the opposition defender claimed that the referee was wrong because the rule is that if the ball hits the corner flag and goes out of bounds, it's an automatic throw in, no longer a corner. could you clarify this point?

Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Hi Gil
The opposition defender is wrong. It depends on what side of the corner flag the ball exited the field of play. If it exits on the goal line side it is either a corner kick or a goal kick and if it exits on the touchline side it is a throw in.

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Answer provided by Referee Jason Wright

Hi Gil,

The corner flag, like the goalpost, is part of the field of play and it has no impact on the referee's decision. All that matters is which line the ball crosses (if at all).

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