A goal is scored when a ball is deflected by bouncing off a referee and goes into the goal, same as a goal is scored when a ball is bounced off a goalpost or crossbar and goes into the goal. 2. According to Law 9, a goal can be scored when the referee blows his whistle: when a free-kick is taken, when a penalty is taken, and immediately after a foul is committed (except for handballs).
In football, a free kick is a method of restarting play after a foul has been committed on the field. The offender may receive a yellow card if he is not careful about where he kicks the ball (i.e., does not aim for the center of the area), or he may be given a red card and thus ejected from the game. If the free kick is taken outside the penalty area, then the team that commits the infringement becomes eligible for a replacement player. A free kick is also called out when the ball goes out of play for any reason other than injury (for example, when the clock reaches 0:00). In this case, the referee will blow his whistle to signal that play has stopped and that a free kick should be awarded.
When a free kick is taken, the referee will usually call for the ball to be placed at the approximate spot where the offense was committed.
If the ball enters the goal, the following rules apply: * a goal kick is granted if a dropped ball is kicked straight into the opponents' goal; * a corner kick is provided to the opposing team if a dropped ball is kicked directly into the team's own goal.
An indirect free kick is awarded to the opposition if a player of the original team commits a foul by handling the ball (excluding handball). The referee will signal for the free kick by raising his arm and pointing to the sky with his other hand. If the free kick is taken by a player from the original team, it must be played within 10 yards of the goal line. If it is played outside this area, the opponent can appeal for a free kick.
A direct free kick is awarded to the original team if a player of the opposing team handles the ball (except for handballs) while in the penalty box or during an attempt to take a penalty kick. The referee will signal for the free kick by raising his arm and pointing to the ground with his other hand. If the free kick is taken by a player from the opposing team, it must be played within 10 yards of the goal line. If it is played outside this area, there is no obligation to take a free kick.
Free kicks are used to restart play when a legal challenge fails and the action continues immediately without requiring any further attempts at play.
A goal can be scored immediately from a goal kick, but only against the other team; if the ball reaches the kicker's goal, the opponents are granted a corner kick if the ball exits the penalty area. In addition, if the player who takes the kick scores while at full speed, the attempt is considered valid even if it does not enter the goal.
It is not legal for a player to score his own goal because he is involved in the play. However, if this occurs during an injury time opportunity, the referee may award the goal provided the action leading up to the goal was consistent with an attempt to score.
It is not illegal for a player to score by handball, but this is usually not done in soccer. A player can use his hand to stop the ball completely, thus creating a free-kick. The only time this might be acceptable is if there is no opponent between the striker and the handball, since it would be impossible to attack before the ball is restarted.
It is not legal for an attacker to slide on the ground in order to receive the ball, however, if he does so without first touching it with his arm or leg, the referee will rule that he has been fouled by another player. The offender is given a free kick and must take responsibility for the foul.