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Question Number: 30239

Law 14 - Penalty kick 4/4/2016

RE: Competitive Under 17

Tom of New Hope, Pennsylvania United States asks...

Penalty kick question. Ball is placed on penalty stripe. During offensive players approach to ball the wind gusts. Ball moves slightly (approx 1/4 turn) as offensive player strikes ball into goal. In this particular match the goal was disallowed and subsequent retake missed.

Answer provided by Referee Richard Dawson

Hi Tom,
it is a astute question, technically the ball must be on the PK spot and stationary so the retake is justified under the LOTG. So I do not think you could protest the decision the 2nd miss would likely stand. Would I think that it MUST be retaken? I would try to blow the whistle to STOP the PK if I felt the ball was off the spot right away, then let the kick proceed! But if we assume the gust hit just as the boot comes forward , lucky he scored lol. Do I assume the CR or AR had it retaken as their decision or was it protested by the team scored upon and agreed by the CR as they were right?


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Answer provided by Referee Joe Manjone


If this was a high school game, a re-kick would be the call. NFHS Rule 14-1-4 indicates that the ball must be stationary when kicked and failure to kick it while it is stationary shall result in a re-kick. The ball moving can cause a distraction for both the kicker and the goalkeeper. In this case, the call appears to be correct. This is a frequent occurrence. Thank you for sharing it. I lived in Bucks County many years ago - I know how windy it can get there in the spring; hopefully, it will soon warm up and the wind will no longer be a problem.

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Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Hi Tom
The correct decision is a retake as the ball must be on the penalty marking and stationary for the kick to proceed.
The referee could make an effort to stop the kick so that the question does not arise. If it is stopped the ball is replaced and the kick procedure starts again.
If the ball wobbled and still stayed on the marking then the referee could determine that all was in order or trifling and allow the kick to proceed.

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