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Question Number: 3214

Law 16 - Goal Kick

Dave Kumlin of Acton, MA USA asks...

Can a goal kick be taken quickly before all of the opposing players have left the area?

Answer provided by Referee Stacy Kalstrom

Yes!!!!!.NO one may play it until it has exited the area.

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Answer provided by Referee Gartenhaus

Dave,.I am afraid that I must disagree with Referee Kalstrom on this one. In the 2001 edition of Advice to the Referee... under law 16, the following is stated:.16.4 OPPONENTS MUST REMAIN OUTSIDE THE PENALTY AREA.An opponent who infringes on the requirement to remain outside the penalty area until the ball is should be warned and, upon a repetition, cautioned for persistent infringement. In any event, the.goal kick is retaken..While the "no harm, no foul" philosophy (Common Sense) is generally a good one to follow, this particular area is specifically spelled out by our governing body..Thanks for writing and keep enjoying the game.

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Answer provided by Referee Keith Contarino

It's also clearly stated in LOTG that all opponents are to remain outside the penalty area until the kick is taken and that the restart for any infringement is a retake. I understand that the players illegaly inside the PA in the above scenario are probably trying to get out and not infringe but I would agree with Referee Gartenhaus. This is different than taking a quick free kick when it's advantageous to the kicking team where it is spelled out by the governing bodies that the 10 yard rule doesn't apply when the kicking team decided to play it quickly. That said, if this was a youth rec game and the opponents were at the top of the PA I think most of us would not make them take the kick over.

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