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To make it as easy as possible for the shooter. A penalty kick is the closest thing to a free goal the referee can award. Plus, if the goalie didn't have to stand on his line, another arbitrary line would have to be drawn up to limit his movement.

On a side note, the goalie can come off his line after the shooter's foot makes contact with the ball, but with professional soccer players' power, this is hardly an advantage.

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The goal keeper is required to stay on their line until the ball is kicked.

As a practical matter this almost never happens with the goal keeper coming off the line early. The extent of violation that is considered trifling by the referee is a judgment call.

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Yes but if the penalty taker scores it will not be disallowed on the other hand if the goalie saves it their will be a retake

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