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Question Number: 31306

Law 3 - The Players 3/1/2017

RE: Under 15

skye of maryborough, qld australia asks...

is there any restrictions or exemptions on goalkeeping?

Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

If you mean anything other than the obvious of using the hands inside the penalty area there are a few.
Law 3 allows for a goalkeeper to be substituted during KFTPM if not all subs are used. This law also allows the goalkeeper to remain on the field of play for treatment at an injury
Law 4 allows the goalkeeper to wear a cap and tracksuit bottoms
Law 12 restricts the goalkeeper from using his hands inside the Penaty Area when the ball has been deliberately kick to him by a team mate

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Answer provided by Referee Peter Grove

In addition to those mentioned by ref McHugh, other special provisions related to goalkeepers are, in the words of the Laws:

''Inside their penalty area, the goalkeeper cannot be guilty of a handling offence incurring a direct free kick or any related sanction but can be guilty of handling offences that incur an indirect free kick.''

''Each goalkeeper must wear colours that are distinguishable from the other players and the match officials.''

''A goalkeeper cannot be challenged by an opponent when in control of the ball with the hands.''

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