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The Drop Ball

Dropped Ball

A dropped ball is a way of restarting the match after a temporary stoppage, which becomes necessary, while the ball is in play, for any reason not mentioned elsewhere in the Laws of the Game.


The referee drops the ball at the place where it was located when play was stopped.

Play restarts when the ball touches the ground.


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

Special Circumstances

A dropped ball is not taken within the goal area (inside the 6 yard box), instead it is moved and taken at a point just outside the goal area.