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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After Thomas Partey earned a foul outside the area, Griezmann curved a free kick over the defensive barrier and into the corner of the net to level in the 45th. Joseph Wilson, The Seattle Times, "Barcelona increases lead in Spain as rivals drop points," 6 Jan. 2019 Towards the end of the game, Ronaldo received a yellow card for bellowing in the face of Cesar Arturo Ramos after his teammate Ricardo Quaresma was denied a free kick. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Former World Cup referee calls Cristiano Ronaldo 'screaming prima donna'," 2 July 2018 Egypt took a 0-0 draw with group favorite Uruguay into the 89th minute Friday, but a late foul near the corner set up a free kick that led to a stunning game-winner for Uruguay. Nick Schwartz, For The Win, "Fans are blaming Sergio Ramos for Egypt's heartbreaking World Cup loss," 15 June 2018 Dwyer took five shots, including a free kick that went just high and a header that was wide by inches. Jordan Culver, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando City’s attack just isn’t the same during six-match losing streak," 14 June 2018 Griezmann won a free kick for France from the softest of fouls, and his cross found not one of his own teammates, but Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "France Wins the World Cup," 15 July 2018 Germany overturned a 2-1 deficit to beat Uruguay 3-2 in the 2010 game as Diego Forlan sent a free kick off the crossbar in the last minute. James Ellingworth,, "England, Belgium face off again, this time with 3rd place at stake," 13 July 2018 England went ahead with its ninth set-piece goal of the tournament, after Luca Modric tripped Dele Alli, giving England a free kick about 25 yards out in the center of the field. Ronald Blum,, "Croatia reaches first World Cup final," 11 July 2018 Earlier, defender Raphael Varane headed France into the lead after 40 minutes, converting a pinpoint Griezmann free kick. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Uruguay goalkeeper makes huge error to concede goal vs. France," 6 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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