Football goalkeeper rules


Learn about the rules of soccer goalkeepers.

Speaking of goalkeeper, it is a position to protect the goal. It is also a position where only one hand is allowed under the rules of soccer.

The goalkeeper is the only player in soccer who is allowed to touch the ball.

The area where you can touch the ball with your hand is limited to the penalty area, and in the area outside that area, if you touch the ball with your hand like other players, you will be fouled by the hand .

However, although there are actually goalkeeper rules, I feel that few people know the rules. So this time, I would like to introduce the rules of the goalkeeper.

Basic rules of soccer

I will introduce the basic rules of the goalkeeper. First of all, there must be one goalkeeper on the team. If the goalkeeper disappears due to a foul or injury, a substitute player or a field player will have to replace it.

This is because soccer cannot be played without a goalkeeper. If there is no player who can use the only hand, the soccer match will end. You can see that the keeper is such an important position.

Not all hands can be used

As I mentioned earlier, the goalkeeper is the only position where you can use your hands. However, not all situations can be used. If an ally touches the ball kicked with his / her foot, it becomes a back pass and it becomes an offense.

Also, touching a ally's throw-in directly with your hand is also an offense. This means that you can touch the ball of the opponent team with your hands, but you must not touch the ball of your team. You need to be careful and be a goalkeeper.

Time to use hands continuously

I will explain how long the goalkeeper can use his hands in a row. It will be a foul if you hold the ball for more than 6 seconds after you pick it up. Even if you bounce the ball to the ground, this time will not be reset.

You have to make an instant decision to decide who to give the pass to. I think that the goalkeeper is limited to those who have judgment because it may influence the game. Keep in mind that there is a time limit when playing.

Fouls related to goalkeepers

1.      The goalkeeper will be fouled if he keeps the ball for more than 6 seconds after catching the ball. Before 2000, the rule was up to 4 steps, but it has been revised since 2000.

2.      After releasing the ball from your hand, if you touch the ball with your hand before other players touch it, you will be fouled.

3.      Passing from another player to the goalkeeper is called a back pass . In the back pass, a foul is taken when the goalkeeper touches the ball intentionally kicked by another player. No foul is taken unless it is intentional. If the pass is from another player using something other than the foot, the goalkeeper will not be able to take a foul even if he touches it.

4.      If you receive the throw- in ball from your ally directly by hand, you will be fouled.

5.      When the goalkeeper is trying to release the ball or kicking, if a player of the opponent team interferes, a foul will be taken.

6.      If you commit these five offenses , the match will resume with an indirect free kick from the opposing team .

Goal kick

If the attacking team moves the ball off the goal line , the defensive goal kick will restart the match.

A goal kick kicks the ball from within the goal area.

At that time, the opponent player cannot enter the penalty area.

When the ball goes out of the penalty area, it is in play.


This time, I introduced the rules of the goalkeeper. As you can see, there are various rules for goalkeepers. There are many rules for players other than goalkeepers, but I have introduced them because there are rules specific to goalkeepers.

You know that there is a time limit and that not all can be touched by hand. In the future, I think you can enjoy watching soccer more than ever with the rules in mind.


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