They are important right. Few will, but some do change games. Roughly half the goals scored in soccer arise either directly or indirectly from set-plays, that is to say from free-kicks, corners and throw-ins. Concede a free kick at the wrong time and place, and a games result can alter from one or two touches of the ball. Just ask David Beckham – one kick of the ball and England get to go to the world cup.
When the ref blows the whistle for a foul or misconduct, it helps the kicker to know if they can shoot straight at goal.
So when is a free-kick direct or indirect?
Here are 10 offences that can lead to a direct free-kick. When a player:
- Kicks or attempts to kick an opponent
- Trips or attempts to trip an opponent
- Jumps at an opponent
- Charges an opponent
- Strikes or attempts to strike an opponent
- Pushes an opponent
- Makes contact with the opponent before touching the ball when tackling
- Holds an opponent
- Spits at an opponent
- Handles the ball deliberately