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Direct free-kick
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Get to know the direct free-kick

When the ref blows the whistle for a foul or misconduct it's going to help if you know if the kicker can shoot straight at goal.

"Direct or indirect?" you cry to the ref.

Check out the Academy's top 10 offences that can lead to a direct free-kick.

1) A player kicks or attempts to kick an opponent
2) Trips or attempts to trip an opponent
3) Jumps at an opponent
4) Charges an opponent
5) Strikes or attempts to strike an opponent
6) Pushes an opponent
7) Makes contact with the opponent before touching the ball when tackling
8) Holds an opponent
9) Spits at an opponent
10) Handles the ball deliberately

If any of these offences are committed by a player inside their own penalty area then it's a penalty.

And did you know if a team kick a direct or indirect free-kick directly into their own goal then a corner is awarded to the opposition?






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