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Question Number: 29863

Law 14 - Penalty kick 10/27/2015

RE: Intermediate Under 13

Phil of Tarzana, CA United States asks...

This question is a follow up to question 29855

I'm confused about something that referee Jason Wright said. On a penalty kick in extended time (not KFTPM), is it correct that defenders can participate, but attackers can't.

In other words, suppose the kick hits the cross bar & bounces out with a lot of backspin. Keeper walks away, but another defender sees it could roll in.

1) Is that defender allowed to stop the ball?
2) And if he/she kicks it in the goal, that goal won't count because it didn't go in based on the original force ended?
3) What if the defender stopped the ball with their hands?

Thanks again in advance,

Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Hi Phil
When the ball is saved or comes off the frame of the goal and it is still in play the fact that it is kicked by either defenders or attackers is irrelevant as the game has in fact ended at that point. The extreme point that Referee Wright made was to demonstrate no difference between a kick by a defender and a kick by an attacker even if both were to result in the ball crossing the goal line.
In all likelihood the referee will have ended the game before players get the chance to participate in subsequent play and it is important to manage that in a way that causes no issues for the game and the referee.
Now Im not a fan of ending the game in such circumstances. We all know that timing is such that a few seconds can be found and indeed if the referee stops his watch at the award of the penalty kick that play could be allowed to finish out.
Have a look at this video
The referee restarted the game with a kick off after all that.

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Answer provided by Referee Jason Wright

Hi Phil,

When time is extended for a PK, it means that the only kick that can influence the result is from the kicker. If the keeper fails to control the ball and it deflects off him and/or the crossbar and/or the goalpost, this is still considered to be moving from the initial kick - but if any player touches it, including a second touch by the kicker, it's over. Otherwise, play is continuing like in normal time.

Therefore, in the unlikely scenario that the ball is trickling over the line, the defender would be perfectly entitled to kick the ball out to stop the goal - but the attacker can't kick it in. Note there's no law preventing players from being around the Penalty Area at this scenario, though removing them can be good proactive refereeing. I just wanted to highlight one potential scenario - although it's a very, very rare scenario.

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Answer provided by Referee Dennis Wickham

Extended time is different from added time. In extended time, the kick is over exactly as in KFTPM - when the momentum of the ball has been expended, the match is over.

In the real world, however, the referee can often add time which will permit the taking of the penalty kick and a few seconds more. Extended time occurs only when the referee judges that time has expired, and the match is extended solely to complete the taking of the penalty kick.

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