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Question Number: 28849

Law 14 - Penalty kick 10/14/2014

RE: High School

Mark Sansone of Erlanger, Ky USA asks...

This question is a follow up to question 28826

What is a PK is taken and the keeper saves the shot and the ball bounces back to the kicker and he kicks the ball again into the goal. Goal or No goal?

Answer provided by Referee Dennis Wickham

Assuming no other infringement before the taking of the penalty kick, this is a valid goal. Under both high school (NFHS) rules and the laws of the game, a kicker may kick the ball a second time after it touches another player. In this case, the ball has touched the keeper, and the kicker is eligible to score.

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Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Hi mark
A goal is the correct decision here. As the ball has been put into play and touched by another player the kicker may play the ball again as part of play.
Should the ball come back off the frame of the goal the kicker could not touch the ball for a 2nd time until it is touched by another player. Should he do so it is an IDFK from where the 2nd touch took place.

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Answer provided by Referee Joe Manjone


This question is covered in Rule 14-1-5 of the NFHS rules book: It states: 'After the penalty kick is properly taken, the ball may be played by any player except the one who executed the penalty kick. The kicker may not play the ball until it has been touched or played by another player on either team.

In your example, the ball was touched by the goalkeeper and therefore the kicker was allowed to kick it and score a goal.

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Answer provided by Referee James Sowa


Based on your description, good goal. If the keeper had not touched the ball (ie off the post), then this would be a double touch. There may be other reasons why the goal was not awarded though. If one of the attackers had entered early, then the restart would be an IFK because the PK was missed (or retake had it been made).

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