One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in soccer and rugby) an unimpeded kick of the stationary ball awarded to one side as a penalty for a foul or infringement by the other side.
- ‘His ability to cross the ball and pass it over very long distances absolutely astonishes people and his free kicks have keepers simply watching the ball as it storms into the net.’
- ‘He is an expert at dead ball situations and free kicks.’
- ‘Under this new ruling match officials would in future award all free kicks at least 30 yards from where the incident took place.’
- ‘He can dribble, he is not afraid to beat men, and of course he can cross, shoot and take free kicks perfectly-what more could you really want from a midfielder?’
- ‘Once at Chelsea, we spent all week rehearsing pushing out at free kicks, catching the attacking side offside.’
- ‘The Dutchman's free kicks are usually less finely placed than a Beckham or Zidane special but make up for that by the tremendous power he achieves even while looping the ball over a wall.’
- ‘He was awarded two free kicks but gave none away.’
- ‘He certainly is the most confident - whether he is making saves or taking penalties or free kicks.’
- ‘I saw David Beckham line up the free kick and remarked that this would be a handy time to score.’
- ‘A dangerous Kilmarnock attack had been stemmed by the award of a free kick to Motherwell on the edge of the box.’
- ‘He is exceptional at long balls, crossing and at free kicks and has made goals from all over the park for United.’
- ‘He is an amazing crosser of the ball and passer, and when it comes to free kicks, he can be said to be the best in the world, sometimes.’
- ‘Whenever there is a free kick he is always o the ball and he can produce magic from nothing.’
- ‘She demonstrated during the 1999 Women's World Cup her ability to thread a needle with her free kicks.’
- ‘I thought we were staring at another defeat when the whistle blew for a free kick to City deep into injury time.’
- ‘Charlton were awarded their own free kick, again just inside the opponents' half.’
- ‘Worcester Park were then awarded a free kick just outside the area, which was struck home in to the top corner.’
- ‘He also, perhaps crucially, failed to insist on the Brazilians moving the statutory distance back at free kicks around their own penalty area.’
- ‘His accuracy and power in the free kicks is brilliant, although I think Beckham is better than him.’
- ‘It's important for all officials to understand the rules regarding free kicks and to make the right call, not only on the opening kickoff, but on all free kicks.’
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