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Soccer Law 9
The Ball In and Out of Play

Ball Out of Play

The ball is out of play when:
  • it has wholly crossed the goal line or touch line, whether on the ground or in the air;
  • play has been stopped by the referee.
  • Ball In Play

    The ball is in play at all other times, including when:
  • it rebounds from a goalpost, crossbar or corner flag post and remains in the field of play;
  • it rebounds from either the referee or an assistant referee when they are on the field of play.

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