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 off a goalpost, crossbar or corner flagpost and remains in the field of play
  • it rebounds off either the referee or an assistant referee when they are on the field of play