free kick


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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That Germany-Sweden thriller decided by Toni Kroos’ last-gasp free kick? Mark Zeigler,, "The World Cup works fine with 32 teams, but FIFA is about to ruin it," 13 July 2018 Kieran Trippier's wonderful free kick put England ahead on the night within five minutes, but Ivan Perisic's second half equaliser sent the game into an additional period., "Be Humble: Modric Slams English Press for Underestimating Croatia as England Crash Out of World Cup," 12 July 2018 The South Americans, who entered the day with more set-piece goals than any other team in the tournament, nearly tied the score minutes later when a long free kick from Lucas Torreira was headed on target by Martin Caceres. Kevin Baxter,, "France advances to World Cup semis with 2-0 win over Uruguay," 6 July 2018 Kroos' free kick in the 95th minute was the latest goal ever scored by Germany in a World Cup game that didn't go into extra time. Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, "Top 10 World Cup moments: Heroics from Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Hirving Lozano," 29 June 2018 During Saturday's World Cup match-up, Swedish midfielder Jimmy Durmaz fouled German forward Timo Werner, giving away a free kick that led to Germany's victory—and endangering Sweden's fate at the Russia games. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "The Swedish World Cup Team Has the Right Idea About How to Handle Racism," 25 June 2018 Felipe Baloy slid to meet Ricardo Avila's free kick and score Panama's first World Cup goal. CBS News, "England advances to World Cup knockout round with resounding 6-1 win over Panama," 24 June 2018 These cheap tactics can be frustrating, but a dive and a subsequent free kick quickly tells the offender to back off. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Why soccer players take dives," 21 June 2018 Late on, a free kick on the edge of the Morocco penalty area offered Ronaldo a chance to put the game to bed. Jonathan Clegg, WSJ, "The Defining Moment of Another World Cup Game Belongs to Cristiano Ronaldo," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of free kick

1862, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of free kick was in 1862

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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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