A New Definition of ‘Own Goal’ for World Cup
Did you know that FIFA has a Technical Study Group? Well, they do and lest you think they are just sitting around drinking beer and waiting for the World Cup to start, today they issued some remarks designed to clarify what will be classified as an own goal at this year’s competition.
In the history of the World Cup there have only been 24 own goals in 644 matches. To help minimize the confusion over what is and isn’t an own goal the following guidelines have been developed:
- If a goal-bound shot accidentally bounces off a team-mate into the opponent’s goal, the goal will be awarded to the player who struck the ball towards the target in the first place.
- If a goal-bound shot is intentionally redirected into the opponent’s net, the goal will be credited to the player whose action produced the change of direction.
- If a shot is going wide and is then deflected or redirected into the opponent’s goal by a team-mate, this player will of course be credited with the goal.
Still not clear about all this?
The video below should give you some good examples of what is an own goal.