On the other hand, if the player is clearly attempting to interfere with the goalkeeper’s ability to play the ball, the tactics are not legitimate and the referee should call the player for impeding the goalkeeper and award an indirect free kick to the goalkeeper’s team from the point of the foul — bearing in mind the special circumstances applying to infringements within the goal area.
This wording appeared, unchanged, for the next few years until, in 2007, it appeared in this form -- “It is an offense to restrict the movement of the goalkeeper by unfairly impeding him, e.g ...
The rule also applies to "innocently" impeding the goalkeeper by standing in front of him when he has the ball. Preventing the goalkeeper from releasing the ball from his hands.
It is punished by an indirect free kick for the opposing team. In addition, “It is an offense to restrict the movement of the goalkeeper by unfairly impeding him, e. g. at the taking of a corner kick.” In either case, if contact is initiated by the impeding player, this is considered to be the direct free kick foul of holding.…
And that concludes all the soccer goalie rules a keeper needs to know. Being the last line of defence (and being such a difficult position to play), the goalkeeper needs to do everything within their power to help the team keep a clean sheet. This will involve coming out of the box to clear a long ball or make a last ditch challenge….
The Laws of the Game Guide states “It is an offence for a player to prevent a goalkeeper from releasing the ball from his hands.”. My situation: attacker within yards of keeper leaps at the punted/thrown ball in hopes of intercepting it at the beginning of its trajectory.
The general principle is that an opponent cannot be allowed to be close enough to the goalkeeper to interfere with the release. How far back is that? It’s in your opinion.
Impeding. A player may not shield the ball if it is not in playing distance. For example, if a player stands in front of the goalkeeper on a corner kick, and then moves to prevent the goalkeeper getting around them, this should be called as impeding. Law 12 - Fouls & Misconduct, 2016/17 Laws of the Game: