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Understand the penalty rules?
And so we come to one of the most famous spots in sport.

If you put in a tackle in the box and the ref blows for a penalty it's heart-sinking time.

So what is a penalty?

It's the result of any foul which would normally lead to a direct free-kick that is committed by a team inside their own penalty area.

And then up steps a player who gets a pot at goal from 12 yards out.

Any rules to worry about? Just one or two.

Think you understand the penalty rules?
It's a battle of wits from the spot

  • The goalkeeper can move sideways before the kick is taken but must stay on his goal line

  • All the other players must stand outside the penalty box and can't enter the area until the ball has been kicked

  • The kicker can not touch the ball a second time until it has been touched by another player

  • The ref can order the penalty to be retaken if he spots a team-mate of the kicker entering the area before the kick is taken and the penalty is scored

  • If a defender moves into the area and the penalty is missed then the penalty is again retaken

    And so to finish the fouls we move on to those lovely coloured things the refs like waving about!






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