SOCCER RULES CLARIFICATIONS – RESTART AND GOAL KICKS
There have been several questions regarding the restart, if there is a temporary suspension of play for an injury or unusual situation and a goalkeeper IS in possession of the ball. This is part of the change implemented this year, whereas we no longer give an Indirect Free Kick (IFK) to a team in clear possession of the ball if there is a temporary suspension of play for an injury or unusual situation and play is stopped. The restart is now a dropped ball and can be contested by any number of players, including goalkeepers.
The Answer to the question of the restart, if there is a temporary suspension of play for an injury or unusual situation and a goalkeeper IS in possession of the ball is an Indirect Free Kick (IFK) to the goalkeeper at the spot he/she was when play was temporarily suspended. This can be found in Rule 13, Sec. 2, Art. 3.b.
Another issue that has come up is “Does the ball have to leave the Penalty Area, on a Goal Kick, in order for the ball to be in play?” This was an IFAB change, implemented June 1, 2019, and has nothing to do with NFHS. For the upcoming NFHS soccer season, in high school, we will continue to require the ball to completely leave the Penalty Area, from the initial touch, in order to be in play. This includes ANY restart to the defending team, originating from the Penalty Area, not just goal kicks. If the ball doesn’t leave the Penalty Area on the initial touch, retake the Goal Kick or free kick. All of this information can be found in Rules 13 and 16.
Please advise if you have any questions or concerns.
Tim Sonnier, TASO Soccer Director of Training