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Laws of the Game


1. Procedure

At the moment of delivering the ball, the thrower must:

  • stand facing the field of play

  • have part of each foot on the touchline or on the ground outside the touchline

  • return the ball into the game from the point where it left the field of play

All opponents must stand at least 2 cm (0.02 yds) from the point on the touchline where the throw-in is to be taken.

The ball is in play when it enters the field of play. If the ball touches the ground before entering, the throw-in is retaken by the same team from the same position. If the throw-in is not taken correctly, it is retaken by the opposing team.

If a player, while correctly taking a throw-in, deliberately throws the ball at an opponent in order to play the ball again but not in a careless or a reckless manner or using excessive force, the referee allows play to continue.

The thrower must not touch the ball again until it has touched another player.