Position of feet during throw-ins

IMG_0938This is a relatively small issue and typically doesn’t have much impact on the game, but worth taking a quick moment to clarify.

Most folks assume that the player’s feet have to be behind the touchline during a throw-in, but a throw-in is legal as long as part of each foot is in contact with the touchline, including when most of the feet are inside the field of play as shown in the images on the right and below.

IMG_0939It is also legal when the feet are completely outside the field of play, of course. They don’t have to make contact with the touchline in this case.

I hope this helps reduce unnecessary “bad throw!” calls.

Author: James

Lifelong player and student of the beautiful game in Germany, England, and USA. Volunteer futsal coach and USSF referee.

4 thoughts on “Position of feet during throw-ins”

  1. Rugby union. If at a throw in the yhrower has his heels on the line which is alliwed but at the time of the throw he lifts his heels and throws the ball from an elevated position is the not a fowl throw ??


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