free kick

noun

Definition of free kick

: a kick (as in football, soccer, or rugby) with which an opponent may not interfere especially : such a kick in any direction awarded because of an infraction of the rules by an opponent

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Harvey opened the scoring, heading in a long Vela free kick in the 23rd minute for his first goal in nearly three years. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, "LAFC’s season of dominance continues in victory over Red Bulls," 11 Aug. 2019 Minnesota forward Darwin Quintero scored on a penalty kick in the 22nd minute Wednesday after Timbers center back Claude Dielna committed a hand ball in the box while trying to block his face on a free kick. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive.com, "Portland Timbers ousted by Minnesota United in semifinals of U.S. Open Cup," 7 Aug. 2019 The 16-year-old midfielder stepped up to his free kick as FC Dallas faced Real Salt Lake, shooting from just inside the halfway mark. Michael Shapiro, SI.com, "Special Olympics Athlete Caden Benson Scores Impressive Free Kick for FC Dallas," 28 July 2019 Benfica midfielder Pizzi drove through the middle of the field in the 67th minute, then had his free kick knocked out for a corner. Frank Dell’apa, BostonGlobe.com, "Benfica at home in Foxborough with victory over Milan," 28 July 2019 Rapinoe scored on a free kick in the fifth minute that bounced between French players and past goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi. Anne M. Peterson, SFChronicle.com, "Rapinoe ignores controversy, leads US past France and into World Cup semis," 28 June 2019 Rapinoe scored on a free kick in the fifth minute that bounced between French players and past goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi. Anne M. Peterson, The Denver Post, "Megan Rapinoe scores 2 goals as U.S. knocks out France to advance into semifinals," 28 June 2019 The last England goal thus far in Russia 2018 is this gem of free kick by Kieran Trippier, which put the Three Lions to within shot of reaching Sunday’s final. Juan Pimiento, chicagotribune.com, "Ronaldo's shock transfer, the World Cup semis and the best of the week in soccer," 12 July 2018 After a long period of tedium and frustration, England were given a scoring opportunity in the form of a free kick just before the 70 minute mark. SI.com, "Tunisia 1-2 England: Injury Time Harry Kane Header Sees Off Tunisia in England's World Cup Opener," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of free kick

1862, in the meaning defined above

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free kick

noun

English Language Learners Definition of free kick

soccer : a kick that is made without being stopped or slowed by an opponent and that is allowed because of a foul by an opponent

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