A goal kick is awarded when the whole of the ball, having last touched a player of the attacking team, passes over the goal line, either on the ground or in the air.


  • the ball is kicked from any point within the goal area by a player/goalie of the defending team
  • the ball is in play when it is kicked
  • opponents remain outside the penalty area until the ball is in play unless defending team kicks the ball prior to the opponents have time to leave penalty area
  • the player who put the ball in play can’t play the ball a second time until it has touched another player


  • 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 (not inside the goal area)
  • U10 – If, after the ball is kicked, it crosses the center line without touching the ground or another player:
    • An indirect kick is awarded to the opposing team at the point where the ball crossed over the center line.