Tap penalty kick encroachment by attacking team. A tap penalty is one that is passed to a team-mate and this onrushing player scores. But what if this onrushing player enters the penalty area too quickly? That’s what will be explained in this case study.
Video of the incident
The video below was in the Laws of the Game Quiz on my blog. If you haven’t seen this, check it out now. Below this match situation I’ll guide you through it in an explanation video. Plus you can check out a text version of the explanation.
Explanation of the tap penalty kick
In the video below I’ll explain the tap penalty kick situation. You can also read the explanation text below.
Tap penalty kick in Laws of the Game
The Laws of the Game allow a tap penalty kick to be taken. Crucial is that the ball goes forward, which is the fact here.
Don’t get fooled in the clip that the attacker and defenders are level, because the attacker is in the arc and has definitely moved forward.
Laws of the Game (page 124): “If, before the ball is in play, one of the following occurs: the player taking the penalty kick or a team-mate offends: if the ball enters the goal, the kick is retaken. If the ball doesn’t enter the goal, restart is an indirect free kick.”
The penalty kick is kicked forward and the taker makes no offence. The law does not say how far it needs to be kicked forward.
But the ball goes into the net
But why isn’t a goal scored? The ball goes into the net, but the first kick is NOT going into the goal. The taker passes it a few metres to the left. Then the team-mate who encroached scores after that with a SECOND kick. The outcome: the situation results in “no goal from the first kick” and a indirect free kick restart, because an attacker ecnroaches and the ball is missed.
Another situation – with correct restart
A similar situation happend in northern America. The referee was spot on there with the decision.
Bizarre series with lots of encroachment
If you want to see a bizarre shootout with lots of encroachment? Check out this blog post from MLS.