Month: January 2013

Question and Answer – The Distance In A Free Kick Between The Defensive Players And The Ball.

Q. If a foul occurred from outside the box and instead of the defense wall (barriera) there will be the keeper does the distance will be applicable to the keeper, because the rule of the game states that the.goalkeeper can use all the box?

A.      The Laws of the Game state clearly that the distance of the defensive players, including the goalkeeper, should be 5 meters from the ball. This applies to all kick-ins, corner kicks and free kicks.

So, for example, if a foul occurs outside the penalty area, let’s assume 1 or 2 m outside the penalty area, and the defending team decides not to form a defensive wall, all the players, including the goalkeeper should stay at a distance of 5 meters from the ball.

This applies also during the kick from the second penalty mark, after the 5th accumulated foul. In this case there is no defensive wall, but just the same, the goalkeeper should stay at a distance of 5 meters from the ball, which means, he can come close up to 1 meter from the penalty area arc. As you know the distance of the second penalty mark from the goal line is 10 meters. The arc of the penalty area is 6 meters. That means that the distance of second penalty mark from the penalty area arc is 4 meters (10 – 6 = 4). Therefore the goalkeeper should stay 1 meter away from the penalty area arc (4+1=5), and the distance from the ball will be 5 meters.

Reply by Gjergji Bitri (Futsal Expert & Beach Soccer Coordinator – Referees’ Committee) | E |

Course For Trainee Futsal Referees

Futsal Refereeing Unit within the Refereeing Department of MFA will organize another Course for Trainee Futsal Referees commencing on the first week of February.

The course will be held Tuesday/Thursday at Refereeing Department Offices at Centenary Stadium between 18.00 and 19.00 hours. Further details on the Program will be sent to the applicants.

Everyone who is between 16 and 38 years of age and wants to start a career in Refereeing Futsal can apply by sending full details, name and surname, date of birth, address, telephone/mobile and education/profession to Mr. Gjergji Bitri at:

Applications should be submitted by 01 February 2013.

Naxxar Lions Protest Upheld

The FMA disciplinary board upheld Naxxar Lions’s protest against the result of their Division Three match against Sirens played on the 16th December 2012.

The FMA disciplined board overturned Sirens’s s 2-0 win over Naxxar Lions after the latter successfully argued that Sirens listed a player who according to the MFA Disciplinary Commissioner’s Decision Report published on the 12th December 2012 had been suspended for one game.

The FMA disciplinary board ruled in favour of Naxxar Lions who were awarded a 2-0 win.