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Question Number: 31201

Kicks From The Penalty mark 1/25/2017

RE: Rec Adult

Simon from of Ipswich, queensland Australia asks...

A match needs a winner to determine which team goes on to play in next round of the competition, but the game finishes in a draw, so KFPM. Blue team finished with 9 players (the red team had full 11 players) on field at end. Those (18) players have been identified.

While the coin toss to decide which end/who kicks first, the red GK becomes incapacitated and now cannot stay on the field.

1. The red team have a res GK and not used all their substitutions, or
2. one of the players who was on field at end of game, but excluded when required to choose only 9 players for the kicks,

is to now be their replacement for the GK during these kicks.

Can the substituted res GK have a penalty kick, or is the restriction (p.73) only applicable to the excluded player from example 2.

Answer provided by Referee Richard Dawson

HI Simon,
well the reduce to equate can occur at ANY time during KFTPM so if the red keeper is incapacitated through being sick perhaps dizzy a possible head injury from earlier. The red team HAS the option of substituting the keeper if their substitution opportunities were not all used up or the two players who left one could return to replace him as a legal player if no substitutions options were available. No matter who replaces the keeper, they are entitled to take a kick provided the keeper they are replacing has not yet kicked. The MAY NOT TAKE A KICK refers to the keeper as he is no longer eligible.

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Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Hi Simon
The answer is now part of the updated Laws and I quote
*A goalkeeper who is unable to continue before or during the kicks and whose team has not used its maximum permitted number of substitutes, may be replaced by a named substitute, or a player excluded to equalise the number of players, but takes no further part and may not take a kick*
Some confusion arose about the last few words in the sentence. It refers to the original goalkeeper who is replaced not his replacement GK who must take a kick should he be required to do so under the Laws.
In the case of a substitution the replacement GK must take a kick should be be required to do so under the Laws.
The only possible anomaly is if say the original goalkeeper took a kick before being substituted and then all kicks are taken by different players would the substitute GK have to take the first kick in the second round as he has not yet taken a kick? Equity would suggest not as it would be seen as a subsequent sequence of kicks and a team may change the order of kickers in that sequence. It would be a pretty rare occasion and the odds are quite high of that happening.

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Answer provided by Referee Peter Grove

Hi Simon,
As my colleagues point out, some have found the wording in the main body of the law a little confusing as regards who is excluded from taking a kick. The same scenario is also referred to in the FAQ on the IFAB website and I think the wording is a little clearer:

'[...] if the goalkeeper is replaced by a substitute or excluded player, the goalkeeper can not take a kick.' This clearly refers to the goalkeeper who had been replaced.

The replacement goalkeeper on the other hand (whether a substitute or excluded player) is entitled to take a kick.

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