The Laws Of The Game Say Denmark’s Goal Against England Should NOT Have Stood


Denmark’s goal against England should NOT have stood, according to the laws of the game.

The Danes opened the scoring in the semi-final clash thanks to a thunderous free-kick by Mikkel Damsgaard, who smashed home from 30-yards out.

But his goal should have been ruled out per the letter of the law.

Master Set Piece Theatre alert!

Danish wall slides over and completely blocks Pickford’s view just as Damsgaard starts his approach. -T

— Total Soccer Show (@TotalSoccerShow) July 7, 2021

Denmark formed their own wall and they slid over to England’s defensive wall, blocking Jordan Pickford’s view of Damsgaard’s shot.

However, FIFA rules state: “Where three or more defending team players form a ‘wall,’ all attacking team players must remain at least 1 metre (1 yard) from the ‘wall’ until the ball is in play.”

So, according to the law, Damsgaard‘s free-kick should have been scratched off as their players were not one yard away from England’s wall.


I think this means the Denmark goal shouldn’t have stood, you know…

On direct free kicks from the FIFA Laws of the Game:

— David Mooney (@DavidMooney) July 7, 2021

Simon Kjaer put through his own net to cancel out his side’s opener, with England and Denmark firing blank in the second-half to send the Euro 2020 match into extra-time.