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When is a free-kick indirect?
David Beckham waits to take a free-kick
Indirect free-kicks must involve at least two players

With an indirect free-kick, you obviously have to pass before you can shoot.

But when are these free-kicks awarded?

When, in the opinion of the ref, a player:

  • Impedes the progression of an opponent (obstruction)

  • Plays in a dangerous manner

  • Prevents the goalkeeper from releasing the ball from his hands

    Or when a keeper, inside their own penalty area:

  • Holds on to the ball for more than six seconds

  • Handles a back pass

  • Handles the ball after receiving it from a team-mate direct from a throw-in

  • Touches the ball again with their hands, before it is touched by another player, after releasing it from their possession




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