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Question Number: 6281

Law 13 - Free Kicks

RE: Pro

Sonia of Lenexa, KS asks...

What is the difference between Direct Free Kick and Indirect free kick and how does the ref determine the difference in a game??

Answer provided by Referee Chuck Fleischer

Sonia in the Laws of the Game two Laws are dedicated to this task, they are Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct and Law 13 - Free Kicks. In Law 12 the following are defined as direct free kick offenses: the act of or the attempt to strike, trip or kick, jumping at, charging or pushing. These may be committed either as a careless act, a reckless act or using excessive force. The following four direct kick offenses need only happen to be foul play: holding, spitting at an opponent, deliberately handling the ball and making contact with the opponent before the ball when tackling for the ball. These become penalty kicks when committed by a player within his own penalty area...The next nine offenses are indirect free kick offenses: when the goalkeeper holds the ball for more than six seconds, touches the ball with his hands after releasing it into play before it is touched by another player, touches with his hands the ball after it is deliberately kicked to him by a colleague, touches the ball with his hands after he has received it directly from throw-in by a colleague. If any player plays in a dangerous manner, gets in the way of an opponent and impedes his progress, stops the goal keeper from releasing the ball from his hands and lastly does anything else not mentioned in Law 12 and the referee stops play to caution him or send him off...Law 13 tells us a direct free kick is one where a team can score directly, against their opponent. An indirect free kick always requires a second player to touch it before a goal may be scored...I hope this is a help to you...Regards,

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Answer provided by Referee Gary Sebalja

It punishes the seriousness of the offence. The more serious are direct in which a goal may be scored directly from a kick. The less serious are Indirect meaning that the ball must touch another player before a goal been scored.

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