Law 15 & 16 The Throw In & Goal Kick
Law 15 The Throw In
- Opponents must be at least 2m from the point on the touchline where a throw-in is to be taken, even if the thrower is back from the line.
Law 16 The Goal Kick
- At goal kicks, the ball is in play once it is kicked and clearly moves; it does not have to leave the penalty area
- The experiment that at a goal kick the ball is in play once it is kicked, and does not have to leave the penalty area, has created a faster and more dynamic/constructive restart to the game. It has reduced the time ‘lost/wasted’ including stopping the tactic of ‘wasting’ time when a defender deliberately plays the ball before it leaves the penalty area knowing that all that will happen is the goal kick will be retaken. Opponents must remain outside the penalty area until the ball is in play.