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Law 8: The start of play

a. At the beginning of the game, choice of ends and the kick off shall be decided by the toss of a coin. The team winning the toss shall have the option of choice of ends or the kick off. The Referee having given the signal, the game shall be started by a player taking a place kick (a kick at the ball while it is stationary on the ground, in the center of the field of play) in to his opponent's half of the field of play. Every player shall be in his own half of the field and every player of the team opposing that of the kicker shall remain not less than 10 yards from the ball till it is kicked off. The ball shall not be deemed to be in play until it has traveled the distance of its own circumference. The kicker shall not touch the ball a second time until it has been touched or played by another player.

b. After a goal has been scored, the game shall be restarted in like manner by a player of the team losing the goal.

c. After half time, when restarting the game ends shall be changed and the kick off shall be taken by a player of the opposite team to that of the player who started the game.

Punishment - For any infringement of this law, the kick off shall be retaken, except in the case of the kicker playing the ball again before it has been touched or played by another player; for this offence, an indirect free kick shall be taken by a player of the opposing team from the place where the infringement occurred, subject to the overriding conditions imposed in Law 13. A goal shall not be scored direct from a kick off.

d. After any other temporary suspension: when restarting the game after a temporary suspension of play from any cause not mentioned elsewhere in these Laws, provided that immediately prior to the suspension the ball has not passed over the touchline or the goal lines, the Referee shall drop the ball at the place where it was when play was suspended, unless it was within the goal area at that time, in which case it shall be dropped on that part of the goal area line which runs parallel to the goal line, at the point nearest to where the ball was when play was suspended. It shall be deemed in play when the ball touches the ground; if, however, it goes over the touchline or the goal lines after the Referee has dropped it, but before it is touched by a player, the Referee shall again drop it. A player shall not touch the ball until it has touched the ground. If this section is not complied with the Referee shall again drop the ball.

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