Renato Santiago Scores a Goal From Kickoff

By: Daryl | February 9th, 2009

It’s a general rule in football that guys who shoot from kickoff are a recipe for disaster. If you’re on an indoor team with a player that does this, then you need to find a new team.

Unless the guys doing the shooting is Renato Santiago of Brazilian team Sao Jose.

This is from Paulista A2 match in Brazil between Sao Bento Sorocaba and Sao Jose recently, and that’s Santiago supplying the quickest reply possible after Sao Jose conceded.

101 Great Goals (where I spotted this) suggest that maybe this goal shouldn’t stand:

While this in itself was an amazing moment of footage, what makes the incident so controversial is the fact that the referee, seemingly against the laws of the game which demands that the ball move a full cycle forward for a kick-off to be legal, allowed the goal to stand.

So I did a bit of research and found that Renato Santiago’s goal gets the all clear from the FIFA Laws of the Game:

So turns out you can do it. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that you should.

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  • derek

    If you can, why should you not?

    Quick thinking by Santiago and a lapse in concentration from the 'keeper.

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