Law 15 - Throw-in
When the whole of the ball passes over a touch-line, either on
the ground or in the air, it shall be thrown in from the point
where it crossed the line, in any direction, by a player of the
team opposite to that of the player who last touched it. The
thrower at the moment of delivering the ball must face the field
of play and part of each foot shall be either on the touch-line
or on the ground outside the touch-line. The thrower shall use
both hands and shall deliver the ball from behind and over his
head. The ball shall be in play immediately it enters the field
of play, but the thrower shall not again play the ball until it
has been touched or played by another player. A goal shall not be
scored direct from a throw-in.
- If the ball is improperly thrown in the throw-in shall
be taken by a player of the opposing team.
- If the thrower plays the ball a second time before it
has been touched or played by another player, an IFK
shall be taken by a player of the opposing team from the
place where the infringement occurred, subject to the
overriding conditions imposed in Law 13.
Decisions of the International F.A. Board
- If a player taking a throw-in plays the ball a second
time by handling it within the field of play before it
has been touched or played by another player, the referee
shall award a direct free-kick.
- A player taking a throw-in must face the field of play
with some part of his body.
- If, when a throw-in is being taken, any of the opposing
players dance about or gesticulate in a way calculated to
distract or impede the thrower, it shall be deemed
ungentlemanly conduct, for which the offender(s) shall be
- A throw-in taken from any position other than the point
where the ball passed over the touch-line shall be
considered to have been improperly thrown in.
[Rules.] [Law 14: The Penalty-kick.] [Law 16: The Goal kick.]