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Direct Kick vs Indirect Kick in Soccer – What’s the Difference?

When a player commits a foul out on the soccer pitch, the opposing team is awarded a free kick.

This can either be a direct free kick or an indirect free kick, depending on the infraction.

As a player and coach, it’s important to know the difference between the two as this determines how you line up to both defend and attack each type of free kick.

Let’s first take a look to see when each kind is awarded before seeing how play resumes from both a direct free kick and an indirect free kick in soccer.

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How Many Players on a Soccer Team? (Official Rule)

Casual kickabouts with friends (and non-friends) can involve almost any number of soccer players because they’re mostly played for fun. But when it comes to proper soccer matches… You need to follow the Laws of the Game. Teams must have the correct number of players on the pitch. Different age groups and leagues can have their own rules about […]

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Soccer Goalie Rules: Everything a Keeper Needs to Know

The goalkeeper fills a very unique position on the pitch. As such, there are specific soccer goalie rules that all keepers must follow. The biggest difference is they’re allowed to use their hands. But not everywhere… Keepers need to know when and where they can pick up the soccer ball to prevent them from accidentally giving away a penalty […]

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The 17 Soccer Rules Explained (Laws of the Game)

Whether you’re playing, coaching, or just watching from the sidelines… You need to understand the basic soccer rules to know what’s going on throughout a match. And fortunately, the rules of soccer are quite simple! There are 17 fundamental “Laws of the Game” which I’ll discuss below. By the time you finish this blog post, you’ll understand what a […]

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