What happens when the ball rebounds off the corner flag? Does it count as out of bounds? Or does the match just continue?


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Play continues as usual. Ball doesnt count as going out of bounds until it actually goes out of bounds. FIFA Laws of the game 2015/16, page 34 (emphasis my own):

Ball out of play

The ball is out of play when:

  • it has wholly crossed the goal line or touch line whether on the ground or in the air
  • play has been stopped by the referee

Ball in play

The ball is in play at all other times, including when:

  • it rebounds off a goalpost, crossbar or corner flagpost and remains in the field of play
  • it rebounds off either the referee or an assistant referee when they are on the field of play

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