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Question Number: 30844
Law 8 - The Start and Restart of Play 10/2/2016
Haji Hussain Jan of Muscat, Muscat Oman asks...
Can a player score an own goal from a kickoff?
Answer provided by Referee Richard Dawson
No, even though the kick off CAN now be played backwards as a method of starting or restarting play, you can not score upon yourself directly. For a goal a 2nd player (which could include the keeper) would have to make physical contact with the ball in some manner, even if illegally . One could then apply the advantage clause and permit the goal as it would not enter the goal directly . Should an own goal BE scored directly from the kickoff the restart would be a corner kick.
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Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh
If the ball enters the goal directly a goal cannot be awarded. It is a corner kick restart. However if the goalkeeper or another team mate touches the ball before the ball cross the goal line a goal is awarded.
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