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Question Number: 32674

Other 8/29/2018

RE: Competitive Under 19

STEVE LARSEN of Sebastopol, CA United States asks...

Does USSoccer still allow a "golden Goal" format to determine the outcome of a game?

Answer provided by Referee Richard Dawson

HI Steve,
I do not believe so, I think they conform to FIFA/IFAB standards for finding a result to decide competitive matches.

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Answer provided by Referee Peter Grove

Hi Steve,
According to their website, US Soccer abides by the IFAB's Laws of the Game. These laws do not allow for the use of a 'golden goal' to decide games.

Law 10 states that:

''When competition rules require a winning team after a drawn match or home and-away tie, the only permitted procedures to determine the winning team are:

away goals rule
two equal periods of extra time not exceeding 15 minutes each
kicks from the penalty mark''

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Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Hi Steve
Games played under the auspices of IFAB / FIFA rules do not allow for the use of Golden goals.
In February 2004, the IFAB announced that after the 2004 European Championshipin Portugal, the golden goal would be removed from the Laws of the Game. Since the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Korea / Japan the golden goal has never been used in the event of a tied match during the knockout stage of a tournament. Tied games are decided by Kicks from the Penalty Mark.

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