Kicks from the Penalty Mark Checklist

Tournaments often use Kicks from the Penalty Mark 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 following checklist of responsibilities, guidelines, and procedures is provided as a useful single source of guidance for referees who need to conduct this process.