Deliberate handling or not? That is always an interesting discussion for tv pundits and players, but also for referees. What are the criteria for a deliberate handball?
KNVB has made an interesting video with lots of examples, but I’d like you to do some homework first.
Get a pen and paper. Write down as many things you know about deliberate handling, because that will help you discover the rules the best.
Difficult isn’t it? How many bullet points do you have?
Now check out the video of non-deliberate handling. Below the video you’ll get the explanation by the Laws of the Game.
Laws of the Game on deliberate handling
According to the KNVB all these examples are non-deliberate handling. But why? Check out what criteria are mentioned in the Laws of the Game on page 96.
“Handling the ball involves a deliberate act of a player making contact with the ball with the hand or arm. The following must be considered:
- the movement of the hand towards the ball (not the ball towards the hand)
- the distance between the opponent and the ball (unexpected ball)
- the position of the hand does not necessarily mean that there is an offence
- touching the ball with an object held in the hand (clothing, shinguard, etc.)
is an offence
- hitting the ball with a thrown object (boot, shinguard, etc.) is an offence”
How many of these bullet points did you write down before watching the video? I hope you like these small exercises that will keep your LOTG knowledge on par. Want to test that on a weekly basis? Check out the LOTG Quizzes.