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Question Number: 3207

Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct

Jim Laflin of , asks...

Under which circumstances should a freekick be given inside the penalty area? (Other than backpass)..And should they be DFKs or InDFKs?..Thanks

Answer provided by Referee Keith Contarino

Hi Jim. I'm not sure I understand your question. Are you referring to free kicks awarded to the defending team or the attacking team? There's never a DFK awarded to the attacking team in the defending PA. They would be PK's so I believe you are referring to those awarded to the attacking team. IFK's are awarded to the attacking team 1) As you say,delberate passback to the keeper with the foot and the keeper handles the ball, 2) If the keeper handles the ball directly from a team-mate's throw-in,3)takes more than 6 seconds to release the ball, or 4)touches the ball again with his hands after he has given up possession before the ball touches another player.5) Keeper wastes time. I think these are what you are asking for. In addition IFK's can be awarded to the opponents inside the PA for,Dangerous play,Impeding the progress of an opponent,misconduct, or fair charge off the ball,which is a form of impeding..Feel free to resubmit if this is not the answer you're looking for.

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Answer provided by Referee Stacy Kalstrom

The only time a direct freekick can be awarded in the penalty area is when an attacker has committed a penal foul against a defender. Otherwise if a defender commits one of the penal fouls against an attacker the result would be a penalty kick. An indirect free kick can be awarded to either team in the penalty area. In the case of a direct or indirect free kick being awarded to the defending team within their own penalty area, the ball must clear the area to be in play (like a goal kick)...Law 12 clearly identifies the infractions and penalties involved in awarding both indirect and direct free kicks...Thanks for visiting our site, please come again.

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