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Soccer Spot Kick


A “Penalty Kick“.


Soccer Rules


The basic soccer rules are described in these Definitions. See “Advantage Clause“, “Cards”, “Fouls”, “Hand Ball”, “Offside Rule”, “Shoulder Charge”, “Assistant Referee”, “FIFA”, “Corner Kick”, “Free Kick”, “Goal Kick”, “Kick Off”, “Lines“, “Penalty Kick”, “Substitutions” & “Throw-Ins”. Also, see “Rules” and “Safety Rules”, Basic Information & Tips for Beginning Coaches. Soccer rules are revised annually by FIFA. You can visit www.fifa.com. for the latest official soccer rules, which are called the “Laws of The Game”.


Soccer Penalty Kick


(aka “Spot Kick”). A “penalty kick” or “PK”, is a special type of direct free kick. When a soccer player commits any of the 10 “Direct Free Kick Fouls” within his own Penalty Box, the other soccer team is given a Penalty Kick. On a PK, a soccer player from the fouled soccer team (the coach can choose who, but it is nice to choose the player who was fouled) gets a free shot at goal from the “Penalty Mark” (which is 12 yards out for U-12 & older; less for U-8 & U-10) with only the goalkeeper to stop the shot. All other soccer players must stay outside the Penalty Box & the Penalty Box Arc until it is kicked. The kick must go forward & once “in play” (i.e., once the soccer ball moves) any soccer player other than the kicker may then touch the soccer ball. The goalkeeper must stay on the goal line until the soccer ball is kicked, but he can move laterally along the line. The goalkeeper cannot take actions (such as waving his arms or yelling) to try to intentionally distract the kicker because that would be “unsporting”, nor can the kicker start his run & then stop for the purpose of faking the Goalkeeper, for the same reason.

The soccer player taking the penalty kick may not play the soccer ball a second time until it has touched another soccer player. (Interpretation: he MAY play the soccer ball and attempt to score if the goalkeeper or another soccer player has touched it, but not if just bounces back off the post or crossbar; the kicker must not touch it unless another soccer player has touched it).

If, after the penalty kick has been taken the kicker touches the soccer ball a second time (except with his hands, which is a direct free kick penalty) before it has touched another soccer player, an indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing soccer team, the kick to be taken from the place where the infringement occurred. However, if the kicker deliberately handles the soccer ball before it has touched another soccer player, a direct free kick is awarded to the opposing soccer team, the kick to be taken from the place where the infringement occurred. (Go to www.fifa.com, “Regulations”, for more details).


Soccer Free Kick


When one team is penalized, the other usually gets a “free kick”. There are 2 types of free kicks (direct & indirect) and a special type of Direct Free Kick called a Penalty Kick:

  • Direct Free Kick – Where a goal may be scored by kicking the ball directly into the opponent’s goal without anyone else touching it (although it still counts if someone else does touch it).
  • Indirect Free Kick – On which a goal may be scored only if another player touches the ball before it enters the goal. Question: “How do you know if a free kick is indirect’” Answer: “The referee will raise his arm above his head and leave it up until the ball is kicked”. On an indirect kick you should have one player gently tap the ball so another player standing behind the ball can kick it; or pass it to someone who shoots it. If on an Indirect Free Kick the ball is kicked into the goal without anyone else touching it (other than the kicker) the goal does not count and the other team is awarded a goal kick. However, if the ball is touched by a player on either team, including the goalkeeper, before it goes into the goal, the goal counts.
  • Penalty Kick – When a player commits a foul within his own Penalty Box, which would normally result in a Direct Free Kick, the other team is given a Penalty Kick (”PK”). (See “Penalty Kick”). On Penalty Kicks, everyone but the kicker & goalkeeper must stay out of the Penalty Box until the kicker moves the ball.

    On Direct & Indirect Free Kicks, defenders must stay away from the kicker (6 yards if U-8, 8 yards if U-10 & 10 yards for U-12 & older) until a player on the kicking team moves the ball, if they don’t they can receive a yellow card. (See “Fouls“, “Hand Ball“, “Cards“, “Offside Rule“, & “Penalty Kick“. Go to www.fifa.com. for more details). The Offside Rule applies on Free Kicks.


  • Soccer Fouls


    There are 2 kinds of soccer fouls, Direct Kick Fouls & Indirect Kick Fouls. (Rules are called “Laws Of The Game” and are changed each year. Go to www.fifa.com. for current rules. See “Cards” for more fouls & penalties):

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    Direct Kick Fouls – For which the other team receives a “direct free kick” (meaning a goal can be scored by kicking the ball straight into the goal) or a “penalty kick” (”PK”) if the foul occurs within the Penalty Box (Note: It doesn’t matter whether the ball was in the Penalty Box or not; what matters is where the foul was committed). There are 10 direct kick fouls. The rules say that the referee should call a foul for numbers 1 thru 6 if he believes they are committed in a manner he considers “careless, reckless or using excessive force”:
    1. kicking or attempting to kick an opponent. Accidentally kicking an opponent while tackling the ball is not a foul unless it was careless, reckless, or there was excessive force. If a player slide tackles from the front, it will be considered at least “dangerous play” (which is an indirect kick foul), or kicking, or tripping, or “unsporting behavior”, even if the ball is contacted, since it would at the least be reckless or dangerous. (See “Cards, Red Card, Serious Foul Play”)
  • tripping or attempting to trip an opponent (if careless, reckless or using excessive force),
  • charging into an opponent (the goalkeeper can also be called for this if his action is careless, reckless or uses excessive force),
  • striking or attempting to strike an opponent (if careless, reckless or using excessive force),
  • pushing an opponent, including the goalkeeper (if careless, reckless or using excessive force),
  • jumping at an opponent in a careless or reckless manner or using excessive force (this includes jumping for a header if an opponent is carelessly or recklessly bumped, and jumping at the goalkeeper),
  • blatant holding or pulling (including holding clothing, using any part of the body to hold an opponent & “Sandwiching”),
  • making contact with an opponent before touching the ball when tackling an opponent to gain possession of the ball (Note: it is always a foul if the tackler contacts the ballhandler before touching the ball. However, it can still be a direct kick foul if the ball is touched first but the tackler was “careless, reckless, or used excessive force” and was judged to have kicked, tripped, charged or jumped at the ballhandler. Or, if the Referee believes the tackler played in a “dangerous manner”, an indirect kick can be awarded),
  • spitting at an opponent, even if it doesn’t hit the opponent (this is grounds for a Red Card),
  • deliberately handling the ball (a “hand ball” should not be called if a player is instinctively trying to protect himself from injury or if the ball hits the hand while it is in a natural position near the players side and has not been moved toward the ball. See “Hand Ball” for more details; this does not apply to the goalkeeper inside his own penalty area.),