An indirect free kick
is a method of restarting play in a game of association football
. Unlike a direct free kick
, a goal may not be scored directly from the kick. The law was derived from the Sheffield Rules
that stated that no goal could be scored from a free kick. This law was absorbed into the Laws of the Game
in 1877 and later adapted to allow direct free kicks as a result of dangerous play.
An indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team when a player commits a foul other than a penalty foul (e.g. dangerous play) or infringes certain technical requirements of the laws (e.g. touching the ball a second time following a restart, or the keeper touching the ball with his hands when a teammate has used his foot to pass it back
to the keeper). An indirect free kick is also awarded to the opposing team when play is stopped to caution
a player when no specific foul has occurred (e.g. when play is stopped to caution a player for dissenting the decision of the referee). The most common cause is the offside offence
Unlike a direct free kick, an offence punishable by an indirect free kick does not result in a penalty kick
when it occurs in the penalty area
; rather, it continues to be taken as an indirect free kick.
The kick is taken from where the foul occurred, unless the offence was committed within the goal area
of the team awarded the kick, in which case the... Read More