An Indirect Free Kick can be a beautiful thing. Just so we are clear this set piece is whistled by the ref when a player is fouled in a non scoring position thus making it indirect. So what changes? The ball must be touched twice before going into the goal by either team.
For example, my player can touch it forward to me, and I striker it (2 touches) or I can strike it and it can deflect off my own player or an opposing player and into the goal. Confused yet? The ball has to touch two players and go in the goal, that's it.
This type of free kick can consist of several players movements, such as fakes, jukes and hops over the ball in attempt to to confuse the defending side. Short passes, chipped balls and simulated confusion can also be a part of the trickery that goes on during such a set piece
How is an Indirect Free Kick Decided?
Well it’s pretty straightforward. Generally if any foul is committed the referee decides if the kick will be direct or indirect. It is sometimes difficult to answer why one free kick is direct and another free kick is indirect. Usually the distinction is made based on whether or not the player was in a direct or indirect attacking or scoring position.
Rules to Remember about this type of Free Kick:
1) Ball must be touched twice before it goes in the net for it to count
2) Given if the ref deems the foul or scoring opportunity not be a direct scoring opportunity
3) Shot that goes in with no prior touch does not count
Can there be this Type of Free Kick in the Opponents Box Instead of a Penalty Shot?
Yes. If an indirect scoring opportunity occurs in the box the referee can deem this play to be an indirect free kick. This is rare and generally only happens if a player passes the ball back to his own goalie and they pick it up. Or if a goalie catches the ball, puts it on the ground and picks it up again.
Shoot or Serve an Indirect Free Kick?
When lining up to take an indirect free kick you have two options, either serve the ball or shoot it on net after it’s been touched. There are a few factors you have to consider when making this decision, they are:
1) How far out am I?
2) Is it on the right angle for me to hit it?
3) Am I better off playing it in the box for my teammates to finish?
Whether you decide to shoot directly on goal or play a ball into the box you need to consider which choice is best for the current situation.
Things to Remember about the In-Direct Free Kick:
-No need to overcomplicate your life, if you have a player that can really hit a set piece, just use the serve option
-Nothing but repetition will get you and your teammates synchronized for a quality set piece
-Not every set play you come up with will work on every position on the pitch, have more than one set up for different parts of the field
-Remember to be creative and keep the defense guessing
-Put the ball on frame, a shot over the top or way wide does nobody any good, take a little off and put it on frame
-Remember to stress the importance to your teammates to crash the net for rebounds.
Set plays are big part of the game and a player or team that can make this their specialty can be a very deadly team whenever the whistle is blown. With an indirect free kick you can get a bit creative and design plays that will throw the defending team off.
These generally consist of fake runs, shorter passes and players sprinting into open areas. There really is no limit to what you do here but simplicity rules supreme.
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