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Question Number: 6273

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Ian of Bendigo, Victoria Australia asks...

How many players on one team can be involved in a drop ball according to law 8???

Answer provided by Referee Chuck Fleischer

Ian Law 8 - The Start and Restart of Play only says the dropped ball is a way to restart play. No place within the Law is there anything written that leads us to believe any requirements as to the number of present or absent. There is, on page 21 of the Laws of the Game, an artists rendition of two players with the referee between them. In that picture the ball is being dropped...It is entirely possible that some one who chooses not to read the Law could infer, from the art work, a requirement of three people being present and they must have different colour kit. This is not the case, the ball needs only to be dropped and hit the floor to be in play...In High School competition within America there is a requirement for two opposing players at a dropped ball. The same folks who wrote that say a throw-in that does not enter the field of play is a bad throw and is given the other side; and when the ball crosses a field boundary either in the air or on the ground and the referee(s) are not quite sure who touched it last the ball is to be dropped. Go figure... ..Regards,

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Answer provided by Referee Keith Contarino

theoretically anywhere from none to all of them. Law 8 has no requirement as to how many players may participate, nor does Law 8 require ANY players to participate.

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Answer provided by Referee Gary Sebalja

it should really be cleared up shouldn't it.

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