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Laws of the Game

2020/21

8. Player outside the field of play

If a player who requires the referee’s permission to re-enter the field of play re-enters without the referee’s permission, the referee must:

  • stop play (not immediately if the player does not interfere with play or a match official or if the advantage can be applied)

  • caution the player for entering the field of play without permission

If the referee stops play, it must be restarted:

  • with a direct free kick from the position of the interference

  • with an indirect free kick from the position of the ball when play was stopped if there was no interference

A player who crosses a boundary line as part of a playing movement does not commit an offence