Indirect Free Kick Offenses
Indirect free kicks are awarded to the opposing team when a player commits an technical offense.
An indirect free kick may not directly score a goal unless the ball first touches another player. If an indirect free kick passes into the goal, a goal is not counted, and the defending team is awarded a goal kick as if the ball had simply gone out-of-bounds. Note that there are no indirect free kicks in the 4-6 age groups: All free kicks are direct free kicks in the 4-6 age groups.
An indirect free kick is awarded for the following offenses:
- kick-off taker touches ball a 2nd time in a row
- offside: Indirect, taken from the place where the player who was offside was standing
- plays in a dangerous manner
- impedes the progress of an opponent
- prevents the goalkeeper from releasing the ball from his hands
- commits any other offense, not previously mentioned here or under ‘Direct Free Kick’, below, for which play is stopped to caution or send off a player