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When would a referee call an attacking free kick in the penalty box which is not a penalty kick?


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2010-09-01 18:09:44
2010-09-01 18:09:44

A defender committing an indirect free kick offense would do it.

Indirect free kicks are not promoted to penalty kicks when inside the penalty area.

There are 8 offenses that can result in an indirect free kick:

  • goal keeper controls the ball with his hands for more than six seconds before releasing it from his possession
  • goal keeper touches the ball again with his hands after he has released it from his possession and before it has touched another player
  • goal keeper touches the ball with his hands after it has been deliberately kicked to him by a team-mate
  • goal keeper touches the ball with his hands after he has received it directly from a throw-in taken by a team-mate
  • plays in a dangerous manner
  • impedes the progress of an opponent
  • prevents the goal keeper from releasing the ball from his hands
  • commits any other offense for which play is stopped to caution or send off a player

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