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Can a goalkeeper touch with his hands a ball that is outside his box although his feet are inside the box?

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2011-07-21 10:51:44

No. When determining whether a goalkeeper may touch a ball with

his hands, only the position of the ball matters. If the ball had

not crossed (or touched the plane above) the boundary of the

goalkeeper's own penalty area, it would be considered deliberate

handling, The restart would be a direct free kick at the location

of the handling.

The goalkeeper might be cautioned if the act prevented the

development of a promising goal scoring opportunity in the opinion

of the referee. The goalkeeper might be sent off if the ball would

have entered the net if not for the handling (and without being

touched again by any player) in the referee's opinion.

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