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Question Number: 32344

Law 15 - The Throw In 4/1/2018

Petr of Prague, Czech Republic Czech Republic asks...

This question is a follow up to question 32342

Thank you very much! Two other questions please.

Q3: What is restart, when the ball touches the ground and then enters the field of play in the wrong place?

In general Q4: What is decision? Player's throw position or the ball entry point?


Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Hi Petr
If the ball touches the line and then is played the ball is deemed to be in play so play continues. It is only an issue if all the ball touches the ground outside the line.
The position of the throw is key not where it enters the field of play. It is highly likely that if the ball bounces on the line that that the ball has already broken the plane if the line at the throw point or close to it unless of course there is a strong wind.

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Answer provided by Referee Jason Wright

Hi Petr,
This would be the same answer as those to your previous question, 32342. If the ball touches the ground first, it's a retake assuming the throw was otherwise legal.

For further knowledge, the law says the throw must be taken from the point where it left the field - not that it must reenter the field there. Sometimes a throw is taken next to the line but travels some 5 yards before it enters the field. This is fine.

Don't forget that taking the throw too far away from the line is also an offence.

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Answer provided by Referee Peter Grove

Hi Petr,
If the ball touches the ground before entering the field, the throw is retaken. The law says that the throw is taken from where it left the field but makes no mention of the ball entry point.

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