Law XIII - Free Kicks

              

1.TYPES OF FREE KICKS
There are two types of free kicks:

DIRECT: from which a goal can be scored without being touched by another player, of either team, against the offending team only

INDIRECT: from which a goal cannot be scored unless the ball has been touched by any other player, of either team, before it enters the goal. In the Passers (U8) division all free kicks will be Indirect Free Kicks.

         

2.OUTSIDE OWN PENALTY AREA
When a free kick is being taken by the kicking team outside their own Penalty Area(or in the Passers (U8) division outside the Goalkeeper Area,

A. The ball may be kicked in any direction

B. Players of the opposing team
           1. Should beat least the following distances from the ball until it has been kicked:
                     a. Passers (U8) - six (6) yards
                     b. Wings (U10) - eight (8) yards
                     c. Strikers (U12) thru Seniors (U19) - ten (10) yards
           2. Must beat least the following distance from the ball until it has been kicked:
                     a. Passers (U8) - six (6) yards
                     b. Wings (U10) - eight (8) yards
                     c. Strikers (U12) thru Seniors (U19) - ten (10) yards,if requested by either the kicker or referee (in which case it is
                         recommended that a second whistle be used to restart play).

C. In the case of an Indirect Free Kick being taken outside the opponent's Goal Area, but within less than the following distance
     from the opponent's goal
           1. Wings (U10) - eight (8) yards
           2. Strikers (U12) thru Seniors (U19) - ten (10) yards. The defending players may stand on the goal line, between the goal
               posts

If the players of the opposing side encroach within the distance noted in section 2B above of the ball, the referee may delay the taking of the free kick until the required distance is met. Encroachment is unsporting behavior.

 

3. INSIDE OWN PENALTY AREA
When a free kick is taken by the kicking team from inside its own Penalty Area (or in the Passers (U8) division the Goalkeeper Area,

 A. all of the opposing players shall remain outside the Area and be at least the following distance from the ball until it has been
     kicked:
           1. Passers (U8) - six (6) yards
           2. Wings (U10) - eight (8) yards
           3. Strikers (U12) thru Seniors (U19) - ten (10 ) yards

B. to be in play, the ball must travel beyond the Area

C. the free kick must be re-taken if the ball does not pass beyond the Area

D.If players of the opposing side encroach in the Area or within the distances noted in section 3A above, the referee may delay the
   taking of the free kick until the required distance is met. Encroachment is unsporting behavior.

 

4. ALL FREE KICK
A. The ball is in play when it is kicked and moves, except as noted in Section 3B above.
B. The ball must be stationary when the free kick is take

5.WINGS (U8) AND OLDER
In the Wings (U8) division and older, any free kick awarded to a defending team inside its own goal area shall be taken from a point anywhere within the goal area in which the offense occurred subject to the provision stated in Section 3 above.

6. PASSERS (U8)
In the Passers (U8) division, any free kick awarded to a defending team inside its own Goal Area (or any location in front of the Goal Area and within twelve (12) yards from the goal line on a full-sized field with full-sized markings) shall be taken from a point anywhere within the Goal Area (or from a point located in front of the Goal Area within twelve (12) yards from the goal line) in which the offense occurred.

 

7. WITHIN OPPONENT'S GOAL AREA
Any Indirect Free Kick awarded to the attacking team within its opponent's Goal Area shall be taken from the part of the Goal Area line which runs parallel to the goal line, at the point nearest to where the offense was committed.

8. KICKER PLAYS BALL TWICE
The kicker may not play the ball again until it has been touched by another player.
PUNISHMENT: For playing the ball twice in succession, an Indirect Free Kick is awarded to the opposing team at the point where it was played the second time.


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1. To indicate an Indirect Free Kick, the referee shall raise an arm above his head. The referee shall retain the signal until the ball has been played or touched by another player or goes out of play.

2.
When a free kick is being taken, players of the opposing team, who do not retire to the proper distance, or attempt to delay the taking of a free kick by encroaching, or dance about or wave their arms in a way calculated to distract their opponents, shall be cautioned for unsporting behavior.

 

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