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Laws of the Game


1. Kick-off


  • the team that wins the toss of a coin decides which goal to attack in the first half or to take the kick-off

  • depending on the above, their opponents take the kick-off or decide which goal to attack in the first half

  • the team that decided which goal to attack in the first half takes the kick-off to start the second half

  • for the second half, the teams change ends and attack the opposite goals

  • after a team scores a goal, the kick-off is taken by their opponents

For every kick-off:

  • all players, except the player taking the kick-off, must be in their own half of the field of play

  • the opponents of the team taking the kick-off must be at least 9.15 cm (0.10 yds) from the ball until it is in play

  • the ball must be stationary on the centre mark

  • the referee gives a signal

  • the ball is in play when it is kicked and clearly moves

  • a goal may be scored directly against the opponents from the kick-off; if the ball directly enters the kicker’s goal, a corner kick is awarded to the opponents

Offences and sanctions

If the player taking the kick-off touches the ball again before it has touched another player, an indirect free kick, or for a handball offence, a direct free kick, is awarded.

In the event of any other kick-off procedure offence, the kick-off is retaken.