If they do decide to pick the ball up, they’re only allowed to keep it in their hands for a maximum of 6 seconds. This is to prevent time-wasting and keep the game running smoothly. If the keeper does hold on to the ball for too long, the referee may issue them a yellow card.
GOALKEEPER POSSESSION. The goalkeeper is considered to be in control (= possession) of the ball when the ball is held with both hands, held by trapping the ball between one hand and any surface (e. g., the ground, a goalpost, the goalkeeper’s body), or holding the ball in the outstretched open palm.
From 1 July, referees have been given mandatory instructions not to permit the goalkeeper to take more than four steps while holding the ball as stipulated in Law 12, and if the goalie holds the ball for more than five or six seconds the referee must adjudge this as time-wasting and award an indirect free-kick against him. Previous article
The goalkeeper is just like any other player, except when he/she is inside the penalty box. The number one main difference is that inside the penalty box the goalkeeper can touch the ball with any part of their body, most importantly their hands.
Goalkeeper saving a penalty kick Soccer Rules for Goalies Offenses . Holding the ball for 6 seconds; This includes when the ball is on the ground and is touched by the keeper’s hand, held in the air or held against the body with one hand. If the ball is held for longer than 6 seconds an indirect free kick is awarded to the opposition.
If you’re playing goalie, you don’t need to gain possession of the ball off corner kicks. Unless the ball is struck in a way that you can safely collect the ball with your hands, you’re better off clearing it.
USSF answer (April 16, 2010) While we agree with your notion that the referee should have stopped play immediately, it would not have been because the goalkeeper had possession of the ball. Possession by the goalkeeper requires “hands-on” control of the ball, something he did not have.
14-1-3: SECTION 1 PENALTY KICK ART. 3…The opposing goalkeeper shall stand with at least one foot on or in-line with the goal line, facing the kicker, between the goal posts, and shall not be touching the goal posts, crossbar, or nets, until the ball is kicked. Lateral or forward movement is allowed, but the goalkeeper is not permitted to come off the line with both feet until the ball is in play.