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Question Number: 28781

Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 9/24/2014

RE: Rec Under 13

George of Parangarecutirimicuaro, CA Sacratomato asks...

This question is a follow up to question 28749

I have a follow up question regarding 28749.

White team is attacking and the last player with the ball loses control at the last minute and dribbles the ball right into the goalie hands of red team. Goalie sprints to a corner inside penalty area with the intent to punt. Right as she arrives to the corner, she stops and starts to bounce the ball (it looked to me like she was showing off for the crowd). On the last bounce, she loses control of the ball which rolls completely out of the penalty area. As the as White team dashes towards the ball, Red goalie sprints to the ball, dribbles back into the penalty area and picks up the ball right as defenders are arriving.

Should there have been a call on the play and what would have been the correct play?

Answer provided by Referee Richard Dawson

Hi George,
Although keepers are permitted to bounce the ball within the six seconds of uncontested possession if they lose that control through their own efforts they cannot reacquire the ball with their hands. Particularly if there are opponents who are denied a legal challenge to that free ball. This is a double touch indfk from where her hands grabbed the ball as no other player than herself contacted the ball before she did a second time with her hands. Going out of the PA to dribble the ball was fine, dribbling back in the PA was fine, just not using her hands until another player had made contact even one of her own provided it was not deliberately kicked to her.

If and it is a big if, the keeper was inside her area and while bouncing the ball it skittered away; if there was time remaining within the 6 seconds; if no opponent is nearby; if this was a u littles match
I might let the keeper reacquire the ball and immediately punt it, with a friendly reminder why bouncing the ball is a bloody STUPID idea!

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Answer provided by Referee Gene Nagy


Strictly speaking the goalie 'released' the ball in play, all be it unintentionally. No matter, while she can always dribble it as much as she likes, the moment she touches the ball again without an opponent first playing it, it becomes an INDFK.
Now I understand we are talking U13, and sometimes we are much more lenient with them, but in this case I would enforce the Law.

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Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Hi George
The only possible decision here in Law is an IDFK for touching the ball with the hands after releasing it from her possession. It makes no difference that it was unintentional. I might give the benefit if it was a dropped bounce that was picked up immediately but with the ball leaving the penalty area and being brought back in again with the foot is a bridge too far. The goalkeeper had the option of kicking the ball away off the ground which she chose to ignore.

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