penalty kick


Definition of penalty kick

1 : a free kick in rugby
2 : a free kick at the goal in soccer made from a point 12 yards in front of the goal and allowed for certain violations within a designated area around the goal

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Ilie Sanchez scored on a penalty kick in the 57th minute after Gerso Fernandes drew a foul in the penalty box, and Johnny Russell tallied his first MLS goal in more than three months only four minutes later. Sam Mcdowell, kansascity, "Sporting KC scores twice after halftime but winless streak hits three against Toronto," 7 July 2018 Imagine a scenario where the ball is out with a player for corner kick and a player hauls off and strikes a player in the penalty box, wouldn’t that be a penalty kick? Jordan Culver, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando City coach Jason Kreis critical of ref after loss," 26 May 2018 Trinity Prep, who entered the Second Six this week after knocking out Bishop Moore on penalty kicks in the 2A region semis, hosts Gainesville P.K. Yonge in a region final. J.c. Carnahan,, "Oviedo, Montverde, Lake Nona remain atop girls soccer Super Six rankings," 12 Feb. 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 Later in the game, Iran was awarded a penalty kick on video review. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Video Review Is Making the World Cup More Accurate—and Uglier, Too," 29 June 2018 Spanish defender Gerard Piqué accused Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo of exaggerating a fall to secure a penalty kick in their 3-3 nail-biter last week. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Why soccer players take dives," 21 June 2018 Photo: Andrew Yates/Zuma Press City might have snatched the victory, too, had Riyad Mahrez not blasted his 86th-minute penalty kick over the crossbar and potentially into the next ZIP Code. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Manchester City Solves the Liverpool Puzzle," 8 Oct. 2018 His incredible penalty kick saves against Spain will go down in World Cup lore. Jonathan Tannenwald,, "World Cup schedule, TV and streaming info: England-Sweden, Russia-Croatia," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of penalty kick

1889, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of penalty kick was in 1889

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English Language Learners Definition of penalty kick

: a kick in soccer or rugby that a player makes when the other team has broken a rule

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