What is a deflection in soccer?
A deflection is a shot that has made contact with one or more players. If a deflection successfully crosses the goal line, the last person hit by the deflection will determine who gets credit for the goal.
It happens when the ball ricochets off another player or object on the pitch and changes direction. A deflection is when a goalkeeper or player is able to touch the ball after it's been shot to alter its trajectory. When a shot is deflected by the goalkeeper into the net, the shooter is awarded the goal. However, if a defender causes a significant deflection resulting in a goal for the opposing team, the defender will be given an own goal, rather than the shooter getting credit for the goal.