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Question Number: 32645

Law 15 - The Throw In 8/13/2018

RE: Adult

Fathi of Ternate, North maluku Indonesia asks...

If the throw-in ball touchs opponent's goal keeper hand and then enter the goal, will it counts a goal..?

Answer provided by Referee Peter Grove

Hi Fathi,
Yes, this would count as a goal. A goal cannot be scored directly from a throw-in but if it is touched by any other player (in this case, the goalkeeper) then it has not gone directly into the goal and would count.

In the past, the FIFA Q&A's had the following:

''A player takes a throw-in. He throws the ball directly to his goalkeeper who touches the ball in attempting to stop it entering the goal. The ball enters the goal, however. What action does the referee take?
The advantage is allowed and a goal is awarded.''

Although this refers to a goalkeeper touching the ball from a throw-in taken by a team mate, the exact same would apply to a throw-in touched by the opposing goalie.

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Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Hi Fathi
Yes a goal should be awarded. Once the goalkeeper touched the ball that met the requirements of a touch which can be by any player.
Had the goalkeeper know the Law he should not touch the ball and the restart would be a goal kick from the opponents throw in. If it was his own teams TI the restart would be a corner kick without a touch.

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Answer provided by Referee Richard Dawson

HI Fathi,
If an opponent is doing the throw in he can not score directly. There MUST be another touch on the ball prior to it completely crossing the goal line under the crossbar between the posts. A smart keeper could allow the ball to enter the goal unimpeded with no touch and be awarded a goal kick out! However if he decides to try and handle the ball or even if the ball deflects off ANY part of his body then enters the goal that would qualify as a legal goal with a kick off restart.

On the reverse side of it if it was a throw in to ones OWN keeper the illegal handling would normally be an indfk at the point of hand/ball contact BUT if he misplayed it into the goal we would apply advantage and award the goal .

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