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Laws of the Game

2020/21

1. Types of free kick

Direct and indirect free kicks are awarded to the opposing team of a player, substitute, substituted or sent-off player, or team official guilty of an offence.

Indirect free kick signal

The referee indicates an indirect free kick by raising the arm above the head; this signal is maintained until the kick has been taken and the ball touches another player, goes out of play or it is clear that a goal cannot be scored directly.

An indirect free kick must be retaken if the referee fails to signal that the kick is indirect and the ball is kicked directly into the goal.

Ball enters the goal

  • if a direct free kick is kicked directly into the opponents’ goal, a goal is awarded

  • if an indirect free kick is kicked directly into the opponents’ goal, a goal kick is awarded

  • if a direct or indirect free kick is kicked directly into the team’s own goal, a corner kick is awarded