Summary: The IFAB Laws of the Game defines handball as “the deliberate act of a player making contact with the ball with the hand or arm”. The goalkeeper is exempt from this rule inside their penalty area, but has the same restrictions as any other player outside their box. A ball off the shoulder is not handball.
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The rules of soccer state that: “The upper boundary of the arm is in line with the bottom of the armpit.”. IFAB Laws of the Game. This means that if you take a straight line around the arm from the armpit, everything above that line is the shoulder, and everything below is the arm.
In almost all circumstances involving handballs a direct free kick is awarded, the only exception being when a goalkeeper commits a handball in their own box. In this case an indirect free kick is awarded to the opposition. Besides awarding a free kick, a referee may also want to hand out a yellow or red card to the player who committed the offense.
If your hands are protecting your face and the ball hits your hands, it’s not handball. If your hands were not in front of your face then the ball would stop when it hit your face. So you are not gaining any advantage. Be careful though, if your hands are protecting your face, your arms can be pointing outwards.
Published: 11 December, 2018. The topic of handball is an often contentious area of the soccer rulebook, which seems to be involved in some form of controversial incident on an almost weekly basis. FIFA, the world soccer governing body, does not define the term handball in its rulebook. However, FIFA does have a series of rules referring to the outcome of a player’s handling of the ball during a match and the various consequences of this action for both the player and the restart of a match.
Soccer officials will be trained to judge whether a handball violation occurred. One of the key items will be that not every contact of the ball to a player’s hand/arm is a violation.
The re-wording follows a number of principles: – [soccer] does not accept a goal being scored by a hand/arm (even if accidental), – [soccer] expects a player to be penalized for handball if they gain possession/control of the ball from their hand/arm and gain a major advantage e.g. score or create a goal-scoring opportunity, – it is natural for a player to put their arm between their body and the ground for support when falling, – having the hand/arm above shoulder height is rarely a ...
Any substitute must leave the field of play at the nearest sideline point, unless the referee determines he can quickly make his way back to the team’s designated touchline area. The handball ...