A goal-kick can be scored directly by a player. The referee will award a goal if the goalie takes the goal-kick and the ball goes directly into the opposing goal. However, if the ball enters the player's own goal from a goal kick, the referee will give the other team a corner kick. There are two ways they can score: from the corner kick or by taking another goal-kick.
Here is an example of a direct free-kick: Peter gets the ball at the top of the area and shoots at goal. But the keeper comes out to block the shot and the ball hits him in the chest. It is a clear penalty and Peter scores a goal direct from the free-kick.
Here is an example of a corner: Tom takes the corner from the left side of the box. He shoots at goal but the goalie blocks it and knocks it away into his arms. It is a corner because there is no offside trap involved.
Tom could now shoot again, but instead he passes the ball back to Pete who has moved forward. Now that there is space behind the defense, Tom nods his head to let Pete know he is free to run at goal.
Pete then shoots at goal and the ball goes into the empty net for a lucky winner!
This incident happened in the 1990 World Cup between Brazil and Italy.
A goal can be scored immediately from a goal kick, but only against the other team; if the ball reaches the kicker's goal, the opponents are granted a corner kick if the ball exits the penalty area. In addition, if the kicker is able to run with the ball before releasing it, they may take it on themselves by dribbling past at least one opponent and scoring.
It is legal for a player who receives the ball as a goal kick delivery to score. However, if the opposing team believes that the play was not fair, they may ask for a video review of the play by contacting the Kicks Control Officer or Head Referee. If confirmed by the referee, then the goal will not stand.
In addition, if a player uses their arm to stop the ball while in an upright position (above their head), a free kick will be awarded to the opposition. The same applies if a player uses their arm to deflect a shot on goal or block a clear attempt at an equalizer. Free kicks are worth three points each.
Finally, if a player commits a serious foul, they will receive a red card and will be removed from the game. They will also lose any opportunity to score a goal if injured during the match. A player who is sent off will need to be replaced before they can be re-sent off.
A goal against the opposition side can be scored immediately from a goal kick. An own goal cannot be scored from a goal kick; instead, a corner kick is given if the ball penetrates the kicker's own goal before being touched by another player. A goal can also be scored by taking a shot at the goal with an open foot; however, this is not recommended because it can easily be prevented.
In fact, only three players have managed to score goals from goal kicks: Gary Speed of Wales, Landon Donovan of United States and Miroslav Klose of Germany. The first two did so in international matches while Klose did so during a Bundesliga match in 2008.
Speed scored his goal on 15 August 1996 in a Euro 96 qualifier match against Belgium. He was brought down just outside the area by Patrick De Vries and had enough time to compose himself before kicking the ball past two defenders and into the net. The game ended in a 1-1 draw. Donovan scored his goal on 23 March 2007 in a World Cup round of 16 match against Italy. After entering the game as a substitute, he came on as a half-time substitute for Joe Corona and took over the role of provider, scoring twice within eight minutes after coming on the field. Germany won the match 3-2 and went on to face Brazil in the next round.
If the ball enters the goal, the following rules apply: * a goal kick is granted if a dropped ball is kicked straight into the opponents' goal; * a corner kick is provided to the opposing team if a dropped ball is kicked directly into the team's own goal.
An indirect free kick is awarded to the opposition if a player of the original team commits a direct free kick infringement (see below). The referee may call for a video replay of the incident. If the infringement is confirmed by the video replay, the opponent can take the kick at any time after the first bounce.
A direct free kick violation occurs when the player uses his arm or leg to prevent the goalkeeper from properly guarding the ball. This includes pulling up, tripping, punching, and kicking the goalkeeper. A direct free kick is given against the offending player unless he withdraws his limb before the ball is kicked.
Indirect free kicks are also called "opportunity kicks" because they give the opposing team the opportunity to attack. To be eligible for an indirect free kick, a player must be closer to the opposing team's end line than the nearest opposing player when the infringement occurred. The player must make a deliberate attempt to reach across or around the opposing player in order to receive the free kick.