If a goalie commits any of the following offenses inside his own penalty area, the opponent is awarded an indirect free kick: 1. Walks more than four steps while controlling the ball with his hands before releasing it. 2. Charges at goal without looking for the ball. 3. Grabs at or blocks shots with his arms outside the penalty box.
The indirect free kick is given at the opposing team's end of the field, between the midpoint and touchlines, and players cannot be positioned there. Instead, a free kick is taken by the opposing team in the center circle. The captain of the team that was awarded the free kick can choose to take it himself or pass the ball to one of his teammates. He cannot score from an indirect free kick unless the ball goes out of play first.
Indirect free kicks are used primarily as time-wasting tactics when your team is losing or needs a quick restart after conceding a goal. An indirect free kick is also useful when you want to move the ball quickly into attacking positions but don't want to use up too many passes. You can imagine it like a free kick taken directly after a corner, where only half the field is covered because there's no goalkeeper waiting to receive the ball.
1. Goalkeeper controls the ball with his hands for more than six seconds before releasing it from his grip. The only player permitted to handle the ball is the goalie (but only in his own penalty area).
2. If the goalkeeper handles the ball, he may not return it unless it is to a teammate within his own penalty area or the opposing team has committed a foul in that area. A goalkeeper who handles the ball outside his penalty area must wait for the ball to be returned to the field before taking control of it again.
3. The referee will indicate if the free kick is too high by raising his arm and if it's too low by extending his arm down to the ground. The assistant referees also have the ability to signal for a free kick by using their whistles. They can do this whether the ball is in play or not.
4. If the ball goes out of bounds, the keeper cannot take control of it. He can only attempt another free kick when the ball comes back into play.
5. There is no limit on the number of indirect free kicks that a goalkeeper can receive. However, any player receiving an indirect free kick must take a minimum distance away from the line of players before taking control of the ball.
When a player commits a foul other than a penalty one (dangerous play) or breaches certain technical conditions of the football regulations, the opposition side is usually awarded an indirect free kick. The majority of indirect free kicks are awarded as a result of goalkeeper fouls. There will be occasions when the referee may choose to award an indirect free kick for no apparent reason; these are known as discretionary indirect free kicks.
Indirect free kicks are different from penalties in that they can be taken anywhere on the field of play. In addition, there is no need for the ball to be placed in the center of the circle as with a penalty. Instead, the spot where the free kick is to be taken is marked by a small white line located 4 yards (3.6 m) from the goal line and 7 feet 6 inches (2.33 m) from the opposing team's end zone. A designated player will take each indirect free kick.
There is no limit to the number of times a team can withdraw an arm during an indirect free kick. However, if the arm is withdrawn twice within a single game, it would be considered two violations and would result in punishment from the officials.
The only time an indirect free kick cannot be taken is when there is a serious danger to the safety of the players.
A goal is scored when a direct kick is kicked directly into the goal of the opponent. 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, grabbing him, or using any kind of contact method on him.
The ball can be played in either direction by a kick, drop-kick, or slide-rule pass. A player may not use his hands when taking a shot at goal; instead, he must beat his opponent with the ball. However, if the goalkeeper uses his hands to save the ball, it is considered a handball violation and the opposing team will have a free kick.
C if it goes completely through the uprights, then it is a goal!