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Question Number: 31333

High School 3/10/2017

RE: Rec High School

Sal Flores of Ligonier, IN Usa asks...

If there is a ball going in the air close to the penalty box and a player close to the ball is trying to play it and a the keeper comes out as well and gets the ball first by kicking it out but goes through the player as well is that a foul or not? Or does that mean it was a 50-50 ball or the keeper just outbody him or the player ran into the keeper? Is that a charge? Both players went for the ball but the keeper got the ball first and the keeper looked like he outbody the player in that play.

Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Hi Sal
The referee has to determine the difference between a coming together and what is tackling in a careless or reckless manner.
A player has acted with disregard of the danger to or consequences for,the opponent and who displays reckless play shall be cautioned.
So the goalkeeper who knows that he is going to play the ball yet chooses to follow through in a reckless manner iinto an opponent is guilty of a foul and a caution.
Playing the ball is not a licence to have a feee shot at an opponent on the follow through. Yes players can come together in challenges through momentum which is not a foul.
Would this challenge be anything other than a foul and a stonewall red card
Now have a look at this challenge which was asked on a previous question
I opined at the time that the correct call was a throw in. This is two players coming together both intent on playing the ball.
In fairness to the referee he was well placed and the *best* decision IMO was a throw in.

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Answer provided by Referee Joe Manjone

Your last sentence is the key to what you would call. A 50/50 ball is where both players go for the ball and contact occurs as each is playing the ball. However, if one of the players goes for the opponent rather than playing the ball, it is a foul (Charging) and could also be a caution if the play is reckless (NFHS Rule 12-8-1f10) or a disqualification for serious foul play if disproportionate force is used (NFHS Rule 12-8-1d1). In your last sentence you indicated that it looked as if the keeper committed a foul, so as the referee you would determine if it was charging, reckless play, or serious foul play. In all of these, the restart would be a direct kick or in this case since it occurred in the penalty area, a penalty kick. I hope that you are having a very successful season.

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