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.
- ‘He certainly is the most confident - whether he is making saves or taking penalties or free kicks.’
- ‘Charlton were awarded their own free kick, again just inside the opponents' half.’
- ‘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 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?’
- ‘Worcester Park were then awarded a free kick just outside the area, which was struck home in to the top corner.’
- ‘Whenever there is a free kick he is always o the ball and he can produce magic from nothing.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘He was awarded two free kicks but gave none away.’
- ‘He is exceptional at long balls, crossing and at free kicks and has made goals from all over the park for United.’
- ‘She demonstrated during the 1999 Women's World Cup her ability to thread a needle with her free kicks.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Under this new ruling match officials would in future award all free kicks at least 30 yards from where the incident took place.’
- ‘I saw David Beckham line up the free kick and remarked that this would be a handy time to score.’
- ‘He also, perhaps crucially, failed to insist on the Brazilians moving the statutory distance back at free kicks around their own penalty area.’
- ‘Once at Chelsea, we spent all week rehearsing pushing out at free kicks, catching the attacking side offside.’
- ‘His accuracy and power in the free kicks is brilliant, although I think Beckham is better than him.’
- ‘A dangerous Kilmarnock attack had been stemmed by the award of a free kick to Motherwell on the edge of the box.’
- ‘He is an expert at dead ball situations and free kicks.’
- ‘I thought we were staring at another defeat when the whistle blew for a free kick to City deep into injury time.’
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