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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Rodriguez was an important member of the Milan squad last season, making 34 appearances and scoring a free kick on his debut., "Ricardo Rodriguez's Agent Plays Down Spurs Links But Says Defender Open to Move Away From AC Milan," 6 July 2018 The referee initially awarded a penalty kick but later gave a free kick on the edge of the area after a video review. Steve Douglas,, "Emil Forsberg delivers as Sweden reaches World Cup quarterfinals with 1-0 win over Switzerland," 3 July 2018 Unfortunately for Sweden, the tight game came down to a winning free kick for Germany precipitated by a mistake made by Swedish player Jimmy Durmaz late in the game. Raisa Bruner, Time, "What You Need to Know About World Cup Player Jimmy Durmaz," 27 June 2018 Others have suggested shrinking the size of the penalty box, where fouls are awarded with a penalty kick rather than a free kick. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Why soccer players take dives," 21 June 2018 Uribe scored a crucial away goal with a header off a Rubens Sambueza’s free kick in the dying moments of the first leg at Estadio Caliente. Mark Zeigler,, "Xolos eliminated in Liga MX semis, but they don't go quietly," 13 May 2018 Griezmann sent in a free kick from the right side and Varane raced across the area. Stephen Wade,, "France advances to World Cup semifinals for 1st time in 12 years," 6 July 2018 Within five minutes Dele Alli had picked up the ball in midfield and driven at the heart of Croatia's defence, winning a free kick from Luka Modric in the process., "Croatia 2-1 England (AET): Three Lions' Hearts Broken as Mandzukic Scores Extra Time Winner," 11 July 2018 Russia had a free kick from just outside the right corner of the penalty area after Josip Pivaric’s silly handball. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Russia Finally Falls, Leaving a Trail of Admirers and Doubters," 8 July 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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