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Question Number: 31642

Law 13 - Free Kicks 7/16/2017

RE: Adult

Rick Beaver of Barrie, Canada asks...

Indirect free kick to the defending team due to an offside offence by the attacking team in the goal area. Does the restart take place from where the offence occured as per Law 11 or can the indirect kick be taken from anywhere in the goal area as per Law 12?

Answer provided by Referee Peter Grove

An indirect free kick to a team inside its own goal area can be taken from anywhere within said goal area.

This is covered in Law 13, which states:

''All free kicks are taken from the place where the offence occurred, except:
free kicks to the defending team in their goal area may be taken from anywhere in that area''

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Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Hi Rick
Any defending kicked restart inside the goal area can be taken from any location inside the goal area which includes the goal area line.

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