Introduced in 1992, the back-pass rule was made to reduce time-wasting by goalkeepers so they couldn’t pick the ball up when passed to them by a team-mate.
This was after the 1990 World Cup was described as boring with lots of back-passing and goalkeepers holding up the ball.
A back pass is when the goalkeeper picks up the ball after it has been deliberately kicked to them by a team-mate, or after receiving it straight from a throw-in taken by their team.
If the referee decides an offence has been committed then a n indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team from the place where the offence occurred.
Reference: Back-Pass Rule
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