When goalie leaves goal-line at penalty kick: yellow and retake

Goalkeepers who leave their goal-line too early at a penalty kick should get a yellow card and the kick needs to be retaken. That’s what Pierluigi Collina, Uefa’s head of refereeing said on a press conference.

The Italian former referee is referring to the penalty in the game between Croatia and Spain. Sergio Ramos was taking a penalty kick in the game against Croatia and at the moment he touched the ball, Croatian goalie Subasic was already two metres from his goal-line. “Unfortunately, that goalkeeper moved forward, it was not spotted by the referee’s team,” Collina told the 12 remaining referees during a briefing. He also explained it to the journalists at the press conference. “It was a mistake in a match refereed well.”

Goalie leaving goal-line at penalty kick

New Laws of the Game

The new Laws of the Game say this about the penalty kick:

Assistant referees indicate when at penalty kicks, the goalkeeper moves off the goal line before the ball is kicked and if the ball crosses the line; if additional assistant referees have been appointed the assistant referee takes a position in line with the penalty mark.

The defending goalkeeper must remain on the goal line, facing the kicker, between the goalposts until the ball has been kicked.

New to the rules is the fact that a goalie is cautioned if he makes an offence. It remains the same the penalty needs to be retaken.

Summary table

The summary table is made by IFAB in the new Laws of the Game, revised for the 2016-2017 season. Underlined words are new compared to the previous rule books.

Penalty kick summary


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