Goalkeeping Rules

  1. Goal kicks: if the ball has been made dead behind the goal-line by the opposing team, play can be restarted with a goal kick in one of the following ways:
    – a traditional place kick (placing the ball on the ground and then kicking);
    – a punt kick from the goalie’s hands; or
    – a throw
    The most important point is to restart the game with the minimum loss of time.
     
  2. The overarching rule of a goal kick is that the ball cannot be propelled by any means past the halfway line on the full.  If a ball is kicked or thrown over the halfway line on the full, an indirect free kick will be awarded to the opposition nearest to where the ball crossed the half way line.
     
  3. Similarly, in general play, after gaining control of the ball by using his/her hands, the goalkeeper cannot kick or throw the ball over the half way line on the full.  Catching, picking the ball up, or patting it down with 2 hands, is considered to be having control over the ball (punching the ball away for a save is not considered having control).
     
  4. The only time the goalkeeper can kick the ball over the halfway line on the full is from general play where they have not used their hands (for eg. after receiving a pass from a teammate / when clearing the ball / making a save with their feet).
     
  5. The goalkeeper cannot pick up or touch the ball with his/her hands directly from a kick-in by a teammate or in open play (as this will be judged as a back-pass).  Using their hands in this situation will result in an indirect free kick to be taken 2 metres from the edge of the goalkeeper’s zone or as near to where the offence occurred.
     
  6. The goalkeeper must release the ball within 6 seconds of gaining control of the ball in his hands.  If not released, this will result in an indirect free kick to be taken 2 metres from the edge of the goalkeeper’s zone.