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Laws of the Game


2. Offences and sanctions

If, after the ball is in play, the figure in action touches the ball again before it has touched another figure, an indirect free kick is awarded; if the thrower commits a handball offence:

  • a direct free kick is awarded

  • a penalty kick is awarded if the offence occurred inside the action figure’s penalty area unless the ball was handled by the defending team’s goalkeeper, in which case an indirect free kick is awarded

An opponent who unfairly distracts or impedes the action figure (including moving closer than 2 cm (0.20 yds) to the place where the throw-in is to be taken) is cautioned for unsporting behaviour, and if the throw-in has been taken, an indirect free kick is awarded.

For any other offence, the throw-in is taken by a player of the opposing team.