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Laws of the Game

2020/21

9. Goal scored with an extra person on the field of play

If, after a goal is scored, the referee realises, before play restarts, that an extra person was on the field of play when the goal was scored:

  • the referee must disallow the goal if the extra person was:

    • a player, substitute, substituted player, sent-off player or team official of the team that scored the goal; play is restarted with a direct free kick from the position of the extra person

    • an outside agent who interfered with play unless a goal results as outlined above in ‘extra persons on the field of play’; play is restarted with a dropped ball

  • the referee must allow the goal if the extra person was:

    • a player, substitute, substituted player, sent-off player or team official of the team that conceded the goal

    • an outside agent who did not interfere with play

In all cases, the referee must have the extra person removed from the field of play.

If, after a goal is scored and play has restarted, the referee realises an extra person was on the field of play when the goal was scored, the goal cannot be disallowed. If the extra person is still on the field the referee must:

  • stop play

  • have the extra person removed

  • restart with a dropped ball or free kick as appropriate

The referee must report the incident to the appropriate authorities