Laws of the Game

2020/21

2. Procedure

All free kicks are taken from the place where the offence occurred, except:

  • indirect free kicks to the attacking team for an offence inside the opponents’ goal area are taken from the nearest point on the goal area line which runs parallel to the goal line

  • free kicks to the defending team in their goal area may be taken from anywhere in that area

  • free kicks for offences involving a player entering, re-entering or leaving the field of play without permission are taken from the position of the ball when play was stopped. However, if a player commits an offence off the field of play, play is restarted with a free kick taken on the boundary line nearest to where the offence occurred; for direct free kick offences, a penalty kick is awarded if this is within the offender’s penalty area

  • where the Law designates another position (see Laws 3, 11, 12)

The ball:

  • must be stationary and the kicker must not touch the ball again until it has touched another player

  • is in play when it is kicked and clearly moves

Until the ball is in play, all opponents must remain:

  • at least 9.15 cm (0.10 yds) from the ball, unless they are on their own goal line between the goalposts

  • outside the penalty area for free kicks inside the opponents’ penalty area

Where three or more defending team players form a ‘wall’, all attacking team players must remain at least 1 cm (0.01 yd) from the ‘wall’ until the ball is in play.

Feinting to take a free kick to confuse opponents is permitted as part of Subbuteo.

If a player, while correctly taking a free kick, deliberately kicks the ball at an opponent in order to play the ball again but not in a careless or reckless manner or using excessive force, the referee allows play to continue.