Tewksbury Youth Soccer strives to provide a safe, enjoyable soccer experience for the youth of Tewksbury

Home
Free Kicks
 
Free kicks are either direct or indirect.
For both direct and indirect free kicks, the ball must be stationary when the kick is taken and the kicker does not touch the ball a second time until it has touched another player.
Types of Free Kicks
The Direct Free Kick
If a direct free kick is kicked directly into the opponents' goal, a goal is awarded
If a direct free kick is kicked directly into the team's own goal, a corner kick is awarded to the opposing team
 
Signal
The referee indicates an indirect free kick by raising his arm above his head. He maintains his arm in that position until the kick has been taken and the ball has touched another player or goes out of play.
Ball Enters the Goal
A goal can be scored only if the ball touches another player before it enters the goal.
If an indirect free kick is kicked directly into the opponents' goal, a goal kick is awarded
If an indirect free kick is kicked directly into the team's own goal, a corner kick is awarded to the opposing team
The Indirect Free Kick
Position of Free Kick
Free Kick Outside the Penalty Area
  • all opponents are at least 10 feet from the ball until it is in play – U8
  • all opponents are at least 6 yds from the ball until it is in play – U10
  • All opponents are at least 8 yds from the ball until it is in play – U12
  • all opponents are at least 9.15 m (10 yds) from the ball until it is in play – U14 - U18
the ball is in play when it is kicked and moves
the free kick is taken from the place where the infringement occurred – See exceptions above
There are no Direct free kicks taken from within the penalty area by the attacking team (or within 6 yards of the goal for U8).
U8, U10 – Direct kick is awarded from the point just outside the penalty area (or from 6 yards of the goal line for U8) behind the line parallel to the goal line.
U12-U16 – A penalty kick is awarded
Free kicks awarded to the defending team within its own goal area may be taken from anywhere within the goal area.
Indirect free kicks awarded to the attacking team within the penalty area are taken from outside the penalty area. – U8
Indirect free kicks awarded to the attacking team within the goal area are taken from outside the goal area (but within the penalty area). In this case the defending team may form a wall inside the goal along the goal line. – U10, U12, U15
Infringements/Sanctions
If, when a free kick is taken, an opponent is closer to the ball than the required distance:
the kick is retaken
If, after the ball is in play, the kicker touches the ball a second time (except with his hands) before it has touched another player:
an indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team, the kick to be taken from the place where the infringement occurred
If, after the ball is in play, the kicker deliberately handles the ball before it has touched another player:
a direct free kick is awarded to the opposing team, the kick to be taken from the place where the infringement occurred
a direct free kick is awarded outside the penalty area, if the infringement occurred inside the kicker's penalty area – U8, U10
a penalty kick is awarded, if the infringement occurred inside the kicker’s penalty area – U12, U15
The Penalty Kick
 
 
No penalty kicks are awarded at the U8 and U10 levels.
Procedure
  • The ball is placed on the penalty spot, 12 yards from the center of the goal line
  • The Goalkeeper stands on the goal line between the goal posts. The keeper may not move forward until after the ball is kicked.
  • An attacking player is designated as the kicker
  • All other players from both teams stand outside the penalty area behind the ball
  • At the signal from the referee the kicker may kick the ball. The kicker may not touch the ball again until another player has touched it.
o
U12 players must be at least 8 yards away from the ball
o
U14 Players must be at least 10 yards away from the ball
Outcomes/Infractions/Sanctions
The ball goes in the goal – A goal is scored
The ball rebounds from the goal posts or crossbar and is touched by the kicker – an indirect kick is awarded to the other team
The ball misses the goal and crosses the goal line – A goal kick is awarded
The ball deflects off the goalkeeper and crosses the goal line (outside the goal) – a corner kick is awarded.
If an attacking player encroaches on the kick
If the goalkeeper violates the laws of the game
If a defender encroaches on the kick
If both an attacker and a defender encroach on the kick
The ball remains on the field of play – play continues
· If the ball goes in the goal – the kick is retaken
· If the ball does not go in the goal – kick is not retaken
· If the ball is touched by this player (even after a rebound) – an indirect kick is awarded to the other team
· The kick proceeds
· If a goal is scored it is allowed
· If a goal is not scored – the kick is retaken
· The kick proceeds
· Scored goals are allowed
· If a goal is not scored – the kick is retaken
· The kick is retaken