A goalkeeper playing the ball a second time after a restart. How do you need to handle as referee? What is the correct disciplinary action? All you need to know in this case study.
AZ Alkmaar goalkeeper takes a goalkick, but it goes very short. Because his team-mate doesn’t pay attention, the goalkeeper goes to the ball. He sees an attacker coming and touches the ball for a second time.
Want to see a clip? The clip starts straight at the goal-kick. Otherwise scroll to 2m22s.
Referee Danny Makkelie whistles
Referee Danny Makkelie sees the situation and whistles, because this is not allowed. Goalkeeper Marco Bizot tells Fox Sports that he “had the intention to stop the ball on the goal area line”. He continues: “But I touched it with my foot, so it looked like I already took the goal kick”.
Love to hear your thoughts if you agree with the goalkeeper or that the goalkeeper took the goal kick there? You can vote in the Twitter poll, below that there’ll be a Laws of the Game explanation.
Laws of the Game on a goalkeeper playing the ball a second time
There’s actually a Laws of the Game 2020-2021 change that deals with situations like this.
“If the offence is playing the ball a second time (with or without the hand/arm) after a restart before it touches another player, the goalkeeper must be sanctioned if the offence stops a promising attack or denies an opponent or the opposing team a goal or an obvious goal-scoring opportunity.”
In this case Danny Makkelie judged it as stopping a promising attack and showed the goalkeeper a yellow card.
I hope you learned what to do when if a goalkeeper playing the ball a second time after a restart. Check all the case studies on my blog. Good luck with your games!