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 referees
- it hits the ceiling
Ball in play
The ball is in play at all other times, including when: • it rebounds off a goalpost or crossbar and remains on the pitch • it rebounds off the referees when they are on the pitch
The minimum height of ceilings is 4m and shall be stipulated in the competition rules.
If the ball hits the ceiling while in play, the game is restarted with a kick-in taken by the opponents of the team that last touched the ball.
The kick-in is taken from the point on the touch line nearest to the place on the ground above which the ball hit the ceiling (see Law 15 – Position of kick-in).