Free kick

A kick awarded to a team when a foul or offense is committed by the opposition; and is to be taken from where the offense occurred. A free-kick is an opportunity for a team to restart a match with possession of the ball. A free-kick can be direct or indirect.

How is a free-kick won in Soccer?

There are a number of reasons why the referee will award a free kick in soccer. These can include:

  • Kicking an opponent.
  • Pushing an opponent.
  • A dangerous or reckless tackle.
  • Striking an opponent.
  • Handball.

How should a free-kick be taken?

For a free-kick to be deemed legal there are some rules that must be followed.

  • The ball must be stationary before the taker kicks the ball.
  • The free kick must be taken from the place the offense was committed.
  • Opposition players must be a minimum of 10 yards away from the ball.
  • The taker cannot touch the ball until another player has.

What is the difference between a Direct and Indirect free-kick?

The main difference between these two types of free-kick is that a team can score a goal direct free-kick whereas an indirect free-kick, the ball must be passed to a teammate or hit an opponent before a shot at goal can be taken.