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What Does Penalty Mean In Soccer

What does penalty mean in soccer?

When a player commits an infringement or foul inside his own penalty area while the ball is in play, he may be sanctioned by the referee, who will award a shot on goal to the opposing team. This harsh sanction is called a penalty.

The shot will be taken from the penalty spot located eleven meters from the goal, which will be guarded only by the goalkeeper. This will be in charge of trying to stop the shot.

What is the procedure for taking a penalty?

Penalty procedure

The ball must remain stationary at the penalty spot so that the kick taker, who must have been clearly identified, can take it. The defending goalkeeper must stay on his own goal line, that is, he will have to stand between the goalposts until the ball is put into play. The executor of the kick will be placed in front of the goalkeeper. The rest of the players will be located on the field of play outside the penalty area, always at a minimum of 9.15 meters from the penalty spot.

The referee will be in charge of giving the signal for the penalty kick to be executed once the players are in a position in accordance with the Regulations. The play will start at the precise moment in which the ball moves. The kick taker will always kick the ball forward, and can only play it a second time if another player has previously touched it. The penalty will end when the ball stops moving, ceases to be in play or the referee stops the play because an infraction has been committed.

Offenses and penalties

The shooter must proceed to execute the penalty once the referee has given the signal. However, before the ball goes into play the following cases may occur:

  • The penalty taker or a teammate infringes any of the rules of the game: if it is a goal, the penalty will be retaken, and if it is not, the referee will stop play and award an indirect free kick to a player of the opposing team.
  • The goalkeeper or a player of his team does not comply with the rules of the game: if the ball enters the goal, the goal will be awarded, and if it does not enter, the penalty will be retained.
  • One player from the attacking team and another from the defending team break the rules of the game. In this case, the penalty will always be repeated, unless one of the players has committed a more serious fault.

After the penalty kick has been taken, the following cases may also occur:

  • The penalty taker kicks the ball a second time before it is touched by another player. In such a case, the referee will award the opposing team an indirect free kick, or a direct free kick if the kicker has intentionally touched the ball with his hands. In any case, the shot will be taken from the place where the infraction took place.
  • The ball touches some external agent at the moment in which it is moving forward. The penalty will always be retained unless the interference does not prevent play.
  • The ball bounces off the goalkeeper or the goal and returns to the field of play, subsequently touching an external agent. In this case, the referee will stop the game and restart it with the dropped ball from the place where the object touched it.

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