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STARTING THE GAME

The game is started with a kick-off from the center spot.

At that moment every player must be in their own half of the field and no opponent may come into the
center circle until the ball is kicked.

Once kicked, the ball must travel its own circumference forward and the player taking the kick-off must
not kick it again until it has been touched by another player.

After a goal is scored, play is restarted the same way by the team that did not score the goal.

OUT OF PLAY

The ball is out of play (out-of-bounds) when it completely crosses the boundary line.
Play is restarted by:
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A Throw-in when the ball crosses the touchline (sideline).

A Goal Kick when the offense sends the ball over the goal line (end line).

A Corner Kick when the defense sends the ball over the goal line (end line).

THROW IN

A Throw-in is taken along the touchline (sideline) at a point where the ball went out of play.

It is taken by the team that did not send it out of play.

The ball must be thrown with both hands, from behind and over the head.

Both feet must be touching the ground either behind or on the touchline.

The thrower may not play the ball again until it has been touched by another player.

GOAL KICK

A Goal Kick is awarded to the defending team when the offense sends the ball over the goal line.

The kick may be taken by any player on the defending team, but it is usually the goalkeeper.

The ball is placed on the ground within the Goal Area (Goal Box).

CORNER KICK

A Corner Kick is awarded to the offense when the defending team has last touched the ball before it
crosses the goal line.

It is taken from the corner of the field closest to where it went out of bounds.

DIRECT AND INDIRECT FREE KICKS

A Direct Free Kick is one from which the player taking the kick CAN score directly.

An Indirect Free Kick is one from which a goal CANNOT be scored until the ball has been touched by
another player.

Both Free Kicks are taken from the point where the offense occurred.

For both Free Kicks, all opponents must be at least 10 yards away from the ball.

The ball must be stationary (still) for both Free Kicks and the kicker may not replay the ball until another
player touches it.

DIRECT FREE KICKS are awarded for major fouls (more serious contact-type fouls) and for deliberate Hand
Balls. Major fouls include the following:

Tripping
Holding
Kicking
Pushing
Charging
Striking
Deliberate Hand Ball