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Question Number: 30058

Law 13 - Free Kicks 1/28/2016

RE: Intermediate Under 13

Phil of Tarzana, CA United States asks...

This question is a follow up to question 30057

Referee McHugh makes an interesting point. Could you ever find a 2nd touch violation trivial?
e.g. Suppose there's a penalty shot which hits the crossbar & bounces back. However, it's a muddy field & the kicker slips. He's flat on his back when the ball deflects off his body.

If it could be considered trivial, would it matter if another attacker then kicked it in for a goal?
Thanks in advance,

Answer provided by Referee Richard Dawson

Hi Phil,
personally I do not think so, the 2nd touch violation although it seems like one might be able to overlook, this technical violation is not unlike a ball being just a little bit out of bounds.
More of it is or it is not. Flag up or Flag down. Or offside in that you can be unsure but if it is, flag up!
Your example of a kick/slip or say a throw in that slips and splats in front of him or off his toe.
One might consider an advantage for the opposition more than allow the attack to continue but personally I award the INDFK. Solves everything no messy guessy after effects.

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Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Hi Phil
No that is not possible. However it can be missed by the referee in a slip situation or where it is unseen. I recall a free kick being taken by Joe Hart goalkeeper for a Manchester City and he accidentally kicked it twice. He managed to kick the ball twice with it glancing off one foot to the other. Clearly a double touch.
Now as it happened inside the penalty area advantage could not be played as it is a retake for touching the ball twice inside the penalty are? Had it been outside the penalty area the goal would have counted with advantage being played.
I also recall a player slip on a penalty kick which was shown on TV as a double touch. Ref did not see it due to the speed of the motion and as the ball went wide no mention was made of it.

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