Law 8 - 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 in the following conditions, 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.Kick-Off Procedure All players must be in their own half of the field, the opponents of the team taking the kick-off are to be least 10 yds from the ball until it is in play. The ball must be stationary on the center mark until the Referee gives a signal. The ball is in play after it is kicked and moved forward. The kicker is not permitted to 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. Kick-Off Infringements If the kicker touches the ball again before it has touched another player, an indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team. For any other infringement of the kick-off, the kick is retaken.Dropped BallA dropped ball is a way of restarting the match after a temporary stoppage that becomes necessary, while the ball is in play, for any reason not mentioned elsewhere in the Rules.Dropped Ball Procedure The referee drops the ball at the place where it was located when play was stopped. Play restarts when the ball touches the ground.Dropped Ball Infringement The ball is dropped again if it is touched by a player before it makes contact with the ground, or if the ball leaves the field of play after it makes contact with the ground, without a player touching it.Special Circumstances A free kick awarded to the defending team inside its own goal area may be taken from any point within the goal area. An indirect free kick awarded to the attacking team in its opponents' goal area is taken from the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the infringement occurred. A dropped ball to restart the match after play has been temporarily stopped inside the goal area takes place on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the ball was located when play was stopped.