Penalty-kick Procedure

Tuesday 13th August 2013

  1. When a team finishes the match with a greater number of players than its opponents, it shall reduce its number to equate with that of its opponents and inform the Referee of the name and number of each Player excluded.  The team captain has this responsibility.
  2. Before the start of kicks from the penalty mark the Referee shall ensure that only an equal number of Players from each team remain within the centre circle and they shall take the kicks.
  3. The Referee chooses the goal at which the kicks will be taken.
  4. The Referee tosses a coin and the team whose captain wins the toss decides whether to take the first or second kick.
  5. The Referee keeps a record of the kicks being taken.
  6. Subject to the conditions explained below, both teams take five kicks.
  7. The kicks are taken alternately by the teams.
  8. If, before both teams have taken five kicks, one has scored more goals than the other could score, even if it were to complete its five kicks, no more kicks are taken.
  9. If, after both teams have taken five kicks, each has scored the same number of goals, or has not scored any goals, kicks continue to be taken in the same order until one team has scored a goal more than the other from the same number of kicks.
  10. A goalkeeper who is injured during the taking of kicks from the penalty mark and is unable to continue as goalkeeper may be replaced by a named substitute, provided his team has not used the maximum number of substitutes permitted under the Competition Rules.
  11. With the exception of the foregoing case, only Players who are on the field of play at the end of the match, which includes extra-time where appropriate, are allowed to take kicks from the penalty mark.
  12. Each kick is taken by a different Player and all eligible Players must take a kick before any Player can take a second kick.
  13. An eligible Player may change places with the goalkeeper at any time when kicks from the penalty mark are being taken.
  14. All Players, except the Player taking the kick and the two goalkeepers, must remain within the centre circle.
  15. The goalkeeper who is the team-mate of the kicker must remain on the field of play, outside the penalty area in which the kicks are being taken, on the goal line where it meets the penalty area boundary line.
  16. The other goalkeeper must remain on his goal line between the goal posts, facing the kicker until the ball is kicked.
  17. Only the Players and Match Officials are permitted to remain on the field of play when the kicks from the penalty mark are being taken.
  18. Unless otherwise stated, the relevant Laws of the Game and International F A Board Decisions apply when kicks from the penalty mark are being taken.

    N.B.  In the event of light failing before the end of the taking of kicks from the penalty mark, the result shall be decided by the toss of a coin or the drawing of lots.