John, a U13 – U19 player, asks:
As a goalkeeper, I was wondering if I pick the ball up and one of my players came to applaud me and accidentally hit the ball with his hand, will that be a penalty for handball?
Shouldn’t be! Might a Referee make such a call against your teammate for it? Hope not!
In order to make that decision, that Referee would have to see this contact as a “deliberate act” and even your scenario called it “accidental.” Further, before whistling, the Referee should ponder seriously the obvious question — why would a teammate deliberately make contact with a ball held by his goalkeeper? We suppose there could be circumstances leading to a disaffected teammate, unhappy about something his goalkeeper did or said, coming up and knocking the ball out of his goalkeeper’s hands in a fit of pique (maybe his “applauding” was sarcastic). We hope not.
One thing we would definitely recommend to you … don’t pick the ball up as that would be a real violation (second hand contact). Kick it away as quickly as possible because, technically, the ball is now open for challenge by an opponent.