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Question Number: 3223

Law 15 - Throw In

RE: Under 11

Michael Lynch of , asks...

A throw-in is taken from outside the touchline with two feet on the ground behind the line and two hands starting behind the head. However, the ball is thrown straight down into the ground. The ball is then played by a player other than the thrower. Is this a legal throw?

Answer provided by Referee Keith Contarino

Hi Michael, thanks for the question. A throw-in must have a normal throwing motion. A ball directed straight down is considered a spike and although the ball was put into play, this is an incorrect throw and a throw-in could be awarded to the opposing team.

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Answer provided by Referee Stacy Kalstrom

I agree with my colleague, Mr. Contarino, this is a throw-in which is improper. USSF has a video "Myths of the GAme" which shows this exact situation and tells us we must not allow that type of throw-in...Thanks for visiting our site. have fun on the pitch.

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