Free Kicks in Soccer

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Coggin, Stewart. "Free Kicks in Soccer." ThoughtCo, Feb. 25, 2016, thoughtco.com/free-kicks-in-soccer-3557668. Coggin, Stewart. (2016, February 25). Free Kicks in Soccer. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/free-kicks-in-soccer-3557668 Coggin, Stewart. "Free Kicks in Soccer." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/free-kicks-in-soccer-3557668 (accessed September 21, 2017).
Lionel Messi free kick
Lionel Messi takes a direct free kick for Barcelona. David Ramos / Getty Images

Free kicks in soccer are either direct or indirect, and the ball must be stationary when the kick is taken. The kicker must not touch the ball again until it has touched another player.

The direct free kick

Ball enters the goal:

If a direct free kick is kicked directly into an opponents’ goal, a goal is awarded.

If a direct free kick is kicked directly into the team’s own goal, a corner kick is awarded.

The indirect free kick

A goal can only be scored if it subsequently touches another player before crossing the goal line.

If an indirect free kick is kicked directly into the opponents’ goal, a goal kick is awarded.

If an indirect free kick is kicked directly into the team’s own goal, a corner kick is awarded to the opposing team.

Free kick from inside the area

Direct or indirect free kick to the defending team:

- All opponents must be at least 10 yards from the ball

- All opponents must remain outside the penalty area until the ball is in play (kicked directly out of the penalty area).

- A free kick awarded in the goal area may be taken from any point inside that area.

Indirect free kick to the attacking team

- All opponents must be at least 10 yards from the ball until it is in play, unless on their own goal line between the posts.

- The ball is in play when it is kicked and moves.

- An indirect free kick awarded inside the goal area must be taken on the goal area line at the nearest point to where the infringement occurred.

Free kick outside the penalty area

- All opponents must be at least 10 yards from the ball until it is in play.

- The ball is in play when it is kicked and moves

- The free kick is taken from the place where the infringement occurred or from the position of the ball when the infringement occurred (according to the infringement).

Infringements and sanctions

A free kick will be retaken if an opponent is closer to the ball than the required distance. The kick will also be retaken if it is taken by the defending team and is not kicked directly out of the penalty area.

Free kick taken by a player other than the goalkeeper:

If, after the ball is in play, the kicker touches it again (except with his hands) without another player touching it:

- An indirect free kick is awarded to the other team, to be taken from the place where the infringement occurred.

If the kicker deliberately handles the ball once it is in play following the kick:

- A direct free kick is awarded to the opposition from where the infringement occurred.

- A penalty kick is awarded if the handball occurred in the kicker’s penalty area.

Free kick taken by the goalkeeper:

If, after the ball is in play, the goalkeeper touches it again (except with his hands) without another player touching it:

- An indirect free-kick is awarded to the opposition, to be taken from the place where the infringement occurred.

If, after the ball is in play, the goalkeeper deliberately handles the ball before it has touched another player.

- A direct free kick is awarded to the opposing team if the infringement occurred outside the goalkeeper’s penalty area, from where the infringement occurred.

- An indirect free kick is awarded to the opposition if the infringement took place inside the goalkeeper’s penalty area, to be taken from the place where the infringement occurred.

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mla apa chicago
Your Citation
Coggin, Stewart. "Free Kicks in Soccer." ThoughtCo, Feb. 25, 2016, thoughtco.com/free-kicks-in-soccer-3557668. Coggin, Stewart. (2016, February 25). Free Kicks in Soccer. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/free-kicks-in-soccer-3557668 Coggin, Stewart. "Free Kicks in Soccer." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/free-kicks-in-soccer-3557668 (accessed September 21, 2017).