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Question Number: 28885

Law 14 - Penalty kick 10/21/2014

RE: Fan Adult

Amr of Alexandria, Alexandria Egypt asks...

Well actually they are 2 related question, what is the ruling if a PK taker hit the woodwork and it rebounded back to him the original PK taker scored the rebound, is it a goal or not, is the PK taker even allowed to touch the ball after a woodwork rebound?
My second question is the exact same but concerning Free Kicks, can a FK taker touch or score a woodwork rebound from his FK?

Answer provided by Referee Gene Nagy


PK is a type of a 'free kick'. If the kicker is the next player, who touches the ball, it becomes an indirect free kick. Goal posts, corner flags or officials on the field of play do not constitute 'another player'. It must touch another player from either team before the kicker can play the ball without being penalized.

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Answer provided by Referee Jason Wright

Hi Amr,

The answer is the same to both.

At any restart where a player puts the ball into play (so, both penalty kicks and free kicks are the same here) the kicker cannot touch the ball until it has touched another player. So if the ball bounces off the woodwork and back to the kicker without the keeper touching it, then the kicker cannot touch the ball - he will be penalised by an indirect free kick.

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Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

A player may not touch any kicked restart for a 2nd time until it has touched another player. Should he do so it is a double touch infringement and an indirect free kick.
Clearly as the frame of the goal or say a corner flag is not a player and the restriction of a double touch applies when the ball rebounds from these. The kicker must wait for the ball to touch / be played by another player before he can play the ball again.
Personally I don't like the rule as it is unintentional and extremely difficult for a player to do nor would they even attempt it in play. However it is there as part of the Laws and it is an offence when it happens.

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