Kicks from the Penalty Mark Checklist

Date:        April 2, 2009

In many parts of the country, tournaments are starting to occur and often their rules include requirements for breaking ties.  However, information about the mechanics and procedures involved in taking kicks from the penalty mark to break a tie is spread across several sources:

  • the Laws of the Game,
  • the new “Interpretation and Guidelines” section of the Laws of the Game published by FIFA (and available on the USSF website under “Laws of the Game”),
  • Advice to Referees, and
  • earlier memoranda distributed by U.S. Soccer Referee Department.
The Kicks from the Penalty Mark Checklist outlining the responsibilities, guidelines, and procedures is provided as a useful single source of guidance for referees who need to conduct this process.