Law VIII - The Start and Restart of Play

          

1. PRELIMINARIES
A coin is tossed and the team which wins the toss decides choice of ends.The team winning the toss will decide which goal it will attack during the first period. The other team takes the kick-off to start the match.

2. KICK-OFF
Upon the referee's whistle, the game is started or restarted by a player taking a kick from the center mark. Until the ball is kicked, the players:
          ·of each team must be in their team's half of the field, and,
          ·the players of the opposing team must be at least the following distances from the ball:

                     ·Passers (U8) - six (6) yards
                     ·Wings (U10) - eight (8) yards
                     ·Strikers (U12) thru Seniors (U19) – ten (10) yards

3. PLAY STARTS
On a kick-off, the ball is in play when it is kicked and moves forward.

4. DROPPED BALL
The kicker may not play the ball again until it has been touched by another player.

PUNISHMENT- For playing the ball twice, an indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team at the point where it was played a second time.

5. GOAL FROM KICK-OFF
A goal may be scored directly from a kick-off.

6. AFTER GOAL
After a goal has been scored, the game is restarted with a kick-off by the team scored against.

7.TEMPORARY STOPPAGE
On any occasion where it is necessary for the referee to temporarily stop a game, while the ball was in play, for any reason not mentioned elsewhere in these Laws, play is restarted with a drop ball, except as follows:

·If the ball was in play within the goal area and not in possession of the goalkeeper when the stoppage occurred, it shall be dropped on that part of the goal area line which runs parallel to the goal-line at the point nearest to where the ball was when play was stopped.

·If the ball was in the clear possession of the goalkeeper or in clear possession of one of the teams when the stoppage occurred, play will be restarted with an indirect free kick taken by the team in control or in possession of the ball at the place where it was when the stoppage occurred, and in accordance with the overriding conditions of Law XIII.

8. DROP BALL
A drop ball shall be in play when it touches the ground.

9. INFRINGEMENTS
If a player plays the ball before it touches the ground, the referee shall again drop the ball.



RESTART CHART



DISTANCE OPPONENTS
MUST BE FROM BALL


WHEN BALL IS IN PLAY
CAN A
GOAL BE
SCORED DIRECTLY?
CAN THE PLAYER WHO
PERFORMS THE RESTART PLAY THE BALL TWICE IN SESSION?

KICKOFF
Passers = 6 yards
Wings = 8 yards
Strikers thru
Seniors = 10 yards
When the ball
moves forward
Yes
No
THROW-IN2 yards
When the ball
enters field
No
No
GOAL KICK
Outside the
penalty area
When the ball leaves penalty area into the field of play
Yes, but only
against opponent
No
CORNER KICK
From the
corner Arc:
Passers = 6 yards
Wings = 8 yards
Strikers thru
Seniors = 10 yards
When ball moves
Yes, but only
against opponent
No
INDIRECT
FREE KICK

Passers = 6 yards
Wings = 8 yards
Strikers thru
Seniors = 10 yards,
or own goal-line
between posts, or outside penalty area, except on quick kick
When ball moves, with exception of defender's kick in
own penalty area
No
No
DIRECT
FREE KICK

Passers = 6 yards
Wings = 8 yards
Strikers thru
Seniors = 10 yards,
or outside penalty area, with exception of quick kick
When ball moves, with exception of defender's kick in own penalty area
Yes, but only
against opponent
No
PENALTY KICK
Outside penalty area and penalty arc and behind penalty mark
When ball moves forward
Yes
No




 
    

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