The direct free kick

Every now and again, I will post some of the laws/rules that we play under . These laws/rules were all introduced fairly recent and I don’t want to swamp everyone with them all at once.
Also, it’ll save the referee some earache if you all know the reason why he just blew the whistle.

A Direct Free Kick – a direct free kick is taken from the place where the infringement occurred and can be kicked directly into the opponent’s goal to score a goal. The referee keeps one arm horizontal, pointing in the direction the kick has to be taken. A direct free kick is awarded to the opposing team if a player commits any of the following offences in a manner considered by the referee to be careless, reckless or using excessive force:

Kicks or attempts to kick an opponent.
Trips or attempts to trip an opponent.
Jumps at, pushes or charges an opponent (even with the shoulder).
Strikes or attempts to strike an opponent.
Tackles an opponent (the key words are doing it carelessly, recklessly or with excessive force).

A direct free kick is also awarded to the opposing
team if a player commits any of the following

Deliberately heading the ball.
Holds an opponent.
Spits at an opponent.
Slides in an attempt to play the ball when it is being played or attempted to be played by an opponent (sliding tackle). Additionally no playing from the floor is permitted.
Handles the ball deliberately, except for the goalkeeper in their own penalty area.
Where barriers are in place, players are not permitted to hold onto barriers to shield the ball and should be penalised by the referee for holding.



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