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Law 8 - The Start and Restart of Play

Preliminaries A coin is tossed and the team that wins the toss decides which goal it will attack in the first half of the match. The other team takes the kick-off to start the match. The team that wins the toss takes the kick-off to start the second half of the match. In the second half of the match, the teams change ends and attack the opposite goals. Kick-off A kick-off is a way of starting or restarting play: at the start of the match after a goal has been scored at the start of the second half of the match at the start of each period of extra time, where applicable A goal may be scored directly from the kick-off. Procedure all players must be in their own half of the field of play the opponents of the team taking the kick-off are at least 10 yards from the ball until it is in play the ball must be stationary on the center mark the referee gives a signal the ball is in play when it is kicked and moves forward the kicker must not touch the ball again until it has touched another player After a team scores a goal, the kick-off is taken by the other team. Infringements and sanctions If the player taking the kick-off touches the ball again before it has touched another player: an indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team to be taken from the position of the ball when the infringement occurred (see Law 13 Position of free kick) In the event of any other infringement of the kick-off procedure: the kick-off is retaken Dropped ball If, while the ball is still in play, the referee is required to stop play temporarily for any reason not mentioned elsewhere in the Laws of the Game, the match is restarted with a dropped ball. Procedure The referee drops the ball at the place where it was located when play was stopped, unless play was stopped inside the goal area, in which case the referee drops the ball on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the ball was located when play was stopped. Play restarts when the ball touches the ground. Infringements and sanctions The ball is dropped again: if it is touched by a player before it makes contact with the ground if the ball leaves the field of play after it makes contact with the ground, without a player touching it

Interpretations of Law 1

Dropped ball Any player may challenge for the ball (including the goalkeeper). There is no minimum or maximum number of players required to contest a dropped ball. The referee cannot decide who may or may not contest a dropped ball.

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