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Soccer Law 13
Free Kicks

Types of Free Kicks

Courage or Reality? Free kicks are either direct or indirect.

For both direct and indirect free kicks, the ball must be stationary when the kick is taken and the kicker does not touch the ball a second time until it has touched another player.

Ref's signal:direct free kick

The Direct Free Kick

  • If a direct free kick is kicked directly into the 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 to the opposing team.
  • The Indirect Free Kick

    Ref's signal:indirect free kick Signal
    The referee indicates an indirect free kick by raising his arm above his head. He maintains his arm in that position until the kick has been taken and the ball has touched another player or goes out of play.

    Ball Enters the Goal
    A goal can be scored only if the ball subsequently touches another player before it enters the goal.

  • 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.
  • Position of the Free Kick

    Free Kick Inside the Penalty Area
  • Direct or indirect free kick to the defending team:
    • all opponents are at least 9.15 m (10 yds) from the ball.
    • all opponents remain outside the penalty area until the ball is in play.
    • the ball is in play when it is kicked directly beyond the penalty area.
    • a free kick awarded in the goal area is taken from any point inside that area.
  • Indirect free kick to the attacking team:
    • all opponents are at least 9.15 m (10 yds) from the ball until it is in play, unless they are on their own goal line between the goalposts.
    • the ball is in play when it is kicked and moves.
    • an indirect free kick awarded inside the goal area is taken from that part of the goal area line which runs parallel to the goal line, at the point nearest to where the infringement occurred.
    Free Kick Outside the Penalty Area
    • all opponents are at least 9.15 m (10 yds) 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.

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