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A free kick

A free kick

A striker is impeded just outside the penalty area. You signal an indirect free-kick. The striker springs up and takes it quickly, deliberately knocking the ball against the defender who fouled him, who is still lying on the floor, then hammering the rebound into the net.
What do you give?

You are the ref

Read the statements below and decide which is best. In this case, is it a goal or not?
Allow the goal

Well done. This is the right thing to do.

If you’re satisfied that the player lying on the ground isn’t injured and the player taking the free-kick has positioned the ball correctly, then play on: the attacking team shouldn’t be penalised if they take a quick free-kick. Allow the goal to stand.

Disallow the goal

Sorry. This is not the right thing to do.

If you’re satisfied that the player lying on the ground isn’t injured and the player taking the free-kick has positioned the ball correctly, then play on: the attacking team shouldn’t be penalised if they take a quick free-kick. Allow the goal to stand.

 

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Rath6180's picture
Rath6180
08/02/2023
GB
759
points

My immediate thought was a yellow card. I also chose not to allow the goal when a deliberate action has been made towards another player.


Rath6180's picture
Rath6180
08/02/2023 09:47
United Kingdom
Liverpool
759

My immediate thought was a yellow card. I also chose not to allow the goal when a deliberate action has been made towards another player.

hsn's picture
hsn
01/05/2022
TR
5541
points

It shouldn't be allowed as goal. The main point in this position that must be considered is deliberately movement of striking. The lying player body can't be subject of knocking or hammering by the ball. Maybe there was a serious injury. My last desicion is yellow card to the striker and free-kick has to be repeated.


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hsn
01/05/2022 13:59
Turkey
Tottenham Hotspur
5541

It shouldn't be allowed as goal. The main point in this position that must be considered is deliberately movement of striking. The lying player body can't be subject of knocking or hammering by the ball. Maybe there was a serious injury. My last desicion is yellow card to the striker and free-kick has to be repeated.

guillem9
17/05/2021
ES
19
points

ggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggoooooooo
oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooolllllllllll
llllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll


guillem9
17/05/2021 15:26
Spain
Liverpool
19

ggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggoooooooo
oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooolllllllllll
llllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll

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Gabriel Amaral
05/04/2021
BR
1512
points

That one really surprises me! Even if it was the right thing to do (to allow the goal), it's not what we are used to see in professional football matches. Normally, the ref stops the game, gaining himself time to think about what is the best decision. Than the "offender" is benefited.


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Gabriel Amaral
05/04/2021 17:47
Brazil
Arsenal
1512

That one really surprises me! Even if it was the right thing to do (to allow the goal), it's not what we are used to see in professional football matches. Normally, the ref stops the game, gaining himself time to think about what is the best decision. Than the "offender" is benefited.

Mutante07
26/02/2021
BR
24
points

Cool


Mutante07
26/02/2021 19:22
Brazil
Liverpool
24

Cool

mgsein
10/12/2017
MM
41
points

It's a clear goal.


mgsein
10/12/2017 13:23
Myanmar
Manchester United
41

It's a clear goal.

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kwesimanifest
28/05/2016
GH
4776
points

Disallow the goal and order for a retake


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
28/05/2016 08:42
Ghana
Manchester United
4776

Disallow the goal and order for a retake

assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
26/03/2016
PS
3705
points

It is a clear goal.


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assemjuve
26/03/2016 15:56
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3705

It is a clear goal.

joto
02/03/2016
AT
271
points

goal


joto
02/03/2016 15:56
Austria
Stoke City
271

goal

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jinlee
24/01/2016
VN
260
points

hihi


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jinlee
24/01/2016 06:50
Vietnam
Chelsea
260

hihi

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aragorn1986
12/12/2015
ME
3557
points

I remember when Beckham scored goal from a free-kick. The referee didn't blow the whistle but he did gave the sign to the players that it can be taken. The goalkeeper was surprised and shocked but the goal was regular only that he didn't know that because it was new rule.


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aragorn1986
12/12/2015 18:07
Montenegro
Arsenal
3557

I remember when Beckham scored goal from a free-kick. The referee didn't blow the whistle but he did gave the sign to the players that it can be taken. The goalkeeper was surprised and shocked but the goal was regular only that he didn't know that because it was new rule.

nikosonris
16/11/2015
UA
2453
points

I would disallow the goal, because the fouling defender who was still lying on the floor might need medical assistance.


nikosonris
16/11/2015 13:48
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

I would disallow the goal, because the fouling defender who was still lying on the floor might need medical assistance.

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aragorn1986
26/10/2015
ME
3557
points

I agree. Not goal because the referee has to blow the whistle or give a sign that the free kick can be taken.


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aragorn1986
26/10/2015 23:40
Montenegro
Arsenal
3557

I agree. Not goal because the referee has to blow the whistle or give a sign that the free kick can be taken.

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ANUJIT
06/09/2015
TH
744
points

I think it's depend on decision of referee at the moment. If I'm the referee I will let both side attack and defender be ready before a free kick.


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ANUJIT
06/09/2015 13:45
Thailand
Manchester United
744

I think it's depend on decision of referee at the moment. If I'm the referee I will let both side attack and defender be ready before a free kick.

Abdallah
08/08/2014
KW
1814
points

not goal because the foul should be shot after the referee blows the whistle


Abdallah
08/08/2014 21:56
Kuwait
Chelsea
1814

not goal because the foul should be shot after the referee blows the whistle

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Goals

Learn about the difficult decisions a referee has to make.

Glossary

to impede - to make it difficult or impossible for something to move forward

indirect free-kick - A player cannot score from an indirect free kick. The ball must touch another player first.

to spring up - to get up quickly

to hammer - to kick (or hit) something really hard

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By Keith Hackett and Paul Trevillion Copyright Guardian News and Media Ltd. 2010