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Laws of the Game

The Throw-In

A throw-in is a method of restarting play.

A goal cannot be scored directly from a throw-in.

Throw-In

A throw-in is awarded:

Procedure

At the moment of delivering the ball, the thrower: The thrower may not touch the ball again until it has touched another player.

The ball is in play immediately it enters the field of play.

Infringements/Sanctions

Throw-in taken by a player other than the goalkeeper If, after the ball is in play, the thrower touches the ball a second time (except with his hands) before it has touched another player: If, after the ball is in play, the thrower deliberately handles the ball before it has touched another player: Throw-in taken by the goalkeeper If, after the ball is in play, the goalkeeper touches the ball a second time (except with his hands), before it has touched another player: If, after the ball is in play, the goalkeeper deliberately handles the ball before it has touched another player: