Blocking goalkeeper


New Member
What would you do in a scenario where an attacker blocks the Goalkeeper from releasing the ball from his hands?

Is it a free kick only or a caution? If so, what is the caution for if it is not dangerous play?

If the attacker stands and does not block but is standing around 1 yard from the edge of the area would this be any different?
The Referee Store


Level 4 Referee
I always thought this was a mandatory caution for unsporting behaviour for some reason but at the recent Level 4 workshop with Ed Duckworth this came up and there is absolutely no need to issue a caution unless it prevents a promising attack or similar.

It's also a sort of common sense approach that even if the player doesn't move it's probably easier and far more forgettable just to give the free kick!


Regular Contributor
This subject was discussed at length in a recent post, with varying opinions offered.
My view - shout to the attacker something like "Give him space to kick it". If he continues to be in the way of a potential clearance, give the free kick and tell him "Next time will be a yellow". If there is a recurrence, it's persistent misconduct, a caution.