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Question Number: 31444

Law 14 - The Penalty kick 4/9/2017

RE: Competitive Adult

Walter of Stoneham, Massachusetts United States asks...

The question is related to a PK.The law states that the player taking the penalty kick ,can not touch the ball again til the ball is touched by another player first.So if the goalie saves the pk and the ball rebounds to the player who took the kick, he can't kick the ball and score off the rebound ! That is the way I read the law, am I correct?Or is the goalie consider the other player ,and if he is then , it would be legit for the player taking the pk to score off the rebound after ,the goalie saved it.please clear the clouds, that happened in a game and the center ref , said no goal.

Answer provided by Referee Peter Grove

Hi Walter,
The law on players (Law 3) says:
''A match is played by two teams, each with a maximum of eleven players; one must be the goalkeeper.''

So clearly, the goalkeeper is a player and in this instance, since the keeper is not the player taking the kick, he is 'another player' and therefore in the scenario you describe (and assuming this was during the course of the game) the penalty taker can kick the ball again and score a goal. The referee that you say ruled it out, was incorrect.

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Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Hi Walter
Unfortunately you are not correct. A goalkeeper is one of the 11 players so a save by the goslkeeper means that the kicker can follow up with a play on the ball. It is only a rebound off the frame of the goal that prevents the kicker from playing the bsll for a second time.
Here is an example of a kicker following up to play thr ball off a save
Perfectly legal play.

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Answer provided by Referee Richard Dawson

Hi Walter,
assuming if this is a normal PK taken during the match and it is not an EXTENDED PK or KFTPM, the PK kicker is permitted to play the ball off the rebound if the keeper makes a save. You are correct the keeper IS in fact another player so the second touch violation is NOT in effect.
Only if the ball rebounds off the woodwork directly with no subsequent touch by the keeper is the PK kicker STILL restricted as no other player has yet been in contact with the ball. It would be an INDFK if the PK kicker was to make contact directly with the ball a 2nd time.

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