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Question Number: 6863

Law 16 - Goal Kick 11/14/2003

Andrew of , United States asks...

Is a goal kick in soccer a indirect or direct kick?

Answer provided by Referee Chuck Fleischer 11/14/2003

Neither Andrew, the kick is a goal kick, Law 16 applies, as do Law 11 and 13. ..Regards,

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Answer provided by Referee Dawson 11/14/2003

Hi Andrew,.The one thing that seperates it from an INDFK is a goal COULD be scored directly should one have the legs to smack it..On the other hand there is no offside possible on a goal kick. ANY free kick originating inside a defender's penalty area must clear the area to be in play.. Cheers

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Answer provided by Referee Keith Contarino 11/14/2003

Since a goal may be scored directly from a goal kick I'd say,technically, it's a direct kick but as Ref Dawson rightly points out, since there is no offside it is a very special kind of direct kick.

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Answer provided by Referee Gary Sebalja 11/17/2003

Put quite simply a goal can be scored therefore it is a DFK it did however used to be indirect.

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