A straight kick is delivered from the location of the offense. When the kick is taken, the ball must be stationary, and the kicker must not touch the ball again until it has touched another player. A goal is scored when a direct kick is kicked directly into the goal of the opponent. The opposing team can block the kick by placing their hands in the path of the oncoming foot before it hits the ball; if this occurs, the referee will call for a free kick. Otherwise, the kicking player is entitled to take all of the following steps before the kick is delivered.
These are the only ways you can score a direct free kick: when the opposition use their hand or arm to prevent you scoring (for example, by blocking your shots or stealing the ball), or when they do something else that is considered bad sportsmanship (for example, shouting insults at you or using offensive gestures). You can also score a direct free kick if you are injured and have to leave the field during play; however, unless you are carried off the field on a stretcher, your team will usually receive a free kick whenever you go down.
The opposing team will often try to block your attempts to score through kicks at goal. They do this by standing in the path of the oncoming foot when it is time for you to take a free kick. If this happens, the referee will order a free kick.
Direct strike A penalty kick is awarded when the defending side commits a contact foul or hand ball within the penalty area—the huge box on each end of the field. So it's a direct kick as well. The ball is placed on the penalty spot, directly in front of the goal.
The kicker takes his place about 10 yards (9 m) from the ball, with which he will attempt to score a goal. He can either shoot or pass the ball. If he scores, the penalty kick is valid; if not, the opposing team gets another opportunity to score.
The goalkeeper for the receiving team stands at one end of the penalty area, while the goalkeeper for the kicking team stands at the other. Between them they form a small gap just large enough for a player to pass through. When the penalty taker steps up, both keepers move together, leaving this gap empty. The recipient goalkeeper must remain inside the area until the ball has been kicked, at which point he may leave the penalty area.
So basically, a penalty kick is like a free kick but you get to choose where you want to send it instead of being forced to use your foot. The only real difference between the two is that you cannot score a penalty kick unless you completely inside the area. With a free kick, however, you can score from anywhere within your half of the field.
A direct free kick is a shot that is directed directly at the goal and does not need to be touched by a second player to be counted as a goal if it goes in. An indirect free kick must at least make contact with another player before it may be scored. For example, if a defender trips up a forward, the forward would get a free kick regardless of where he went after he was called for the foul.
There are two ways that a team can score on a direct free kick: if the ball happens to go into the net or if it doesn't. If the ball hits the woodwork, bounces off a post, goes over the crossbar and then comes down inside the area, then this is considered a goal. Even if the ball strikes another player first, it is possible for it to go in if it goes completely past the opposing goalkeeper into the net.
The team that receives the free kick can decide what position they want to take it from. It can be taken from any point on the field, but it is usually taken from just outside the penalty box. The only requirement is that you are within the penalty box. You can take the kick from anywhere along the touchline. If the ball is kicked toward the middle of the field, there is a chance that one of your players will run with it and try to score. This is known as a "breakaway".
If, for some strange reason, a direct kick is kicked directly into your side's own goal, the other team is granted a corner kick. If a goalie commits any of the following offenses inside his own penalty area, the opposing team receives an indirect kick: kicking at him, pulling his shirt, etc.
Other common names for an indirect kick are spot kick and penalty kick.
There are two types of indirect kicks: take-away and return. On a take-away kick, the ball is placed on the edge of the penalty box by a member of the opposing team. The ball cannot be touched by any player other than the kicker himself. Return kicks are used when the opposing team believes they can score from close range. The ball is kicked up into the air by a member of the opposing team and then struck with the foot or head.
Indirect kicks are used to start play after time has been called by the referee during extra time in a match that is going into penalties. The rule is meant to even out the advantage certain players have due to physical strength against weaker opponents; therefore, all players are treated equally.
There is no specific position on the field where you must take an indirect kick, but it is usually taken just outside the penalty box. The only restriction is that the ball must be held by a member of the opposing team.
A direct free kick is awarded if the penalty involves contact (one player pushing or tripping an other player). A striker can send a free kick directly into the goal. A goal cannot be scored unless another player makes contact with the ball. Therefore, if there is no opponent between the ball and the goal, you should kick the ball so that it goes into the empty space.
The opposing team will often try to block your attempts to score by positioning defenders between the ball and the goal. If you need to score quickly, it may help to take a penalty kick while an opponent is still moving his foot towards the ball.
An indirect free kick is called for if the penalty involves no contact with an opponent. The goalkeeper does not have to leave his line of play; therefore, he can stay in place as you take the kick. You must still beat him though!
If the ball goes over the end line but does not hit another player, then it is considered to have gone out of play and a free kick is given to the opposition. This happens often when players are pulled up for offside.
Finally, if the ball hits the wall behind the goal and comes back inside the field of play, the referee will award a free kick in the same position from where it went out.