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Question Number: 29361

Law 3 - Number of Players 4/26/2015

RE: Under 11

Jason Picewick of Quincy, Ma uSA asks...

Can a goalie of attacking team kick corner kick thus leaving his net open.

Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Hi Jason
There is no restriction placed on a teams decision where to position players. The only requirement is that one player is identified as a goalkeeper and wears the funny coloured jersey.
So a team can play all 11 players in outfield positions. Obviously that is not smart tactics so teams only leave the goal unguarded when it is a make or break situation such as in the last minute and trailing. Teams decide it is better to have all out attack by moving all its players into attacking positions at that time such as at a corner kick. So it is perfectly acceptable for a goalkeeper to take a corner kick if that is what the team wants to do.
Here is an example of a goalkeeper scoring from a corner kick in such circumstances

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Answer provided by Referee Jason Wright

Hi Jason,

Goalkeepers have no particular restrictions. They have all the same rights and responsibilities of any other player so can do anything the other players can do - they just have a few extra rights and responsibilities inside their own Penalty Area.

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Answer provided by Referee Richard Dawson

Hi Jason,
the keeper is one of 11 players who has the special use of his hands inside his own penalty area. The keeper can go anywhere on the field at anytime during active play. A keeper ...taking... the corner kick as a tactic seems strange, usually with his /her team needing a goal, the keeper is a taller player and is trying to head/kick the corner kick into the opposing net! Seen it done on occasion. There was a Mexican keeper who liked to rush forward trying to instigate attacks outside his area to the delight of the crowd. It cost him a goal against on occasion though. Leaving your goal unguarded is risky!

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