The acronym DFK stands for Direct Free Kick. This refers to the game of football where this method is used to restart play in a game following a foul. Unlike an indirect free kick, a goal may be scored directly against the opposing team without the ball first touching another player.
The opposing team may get a direct free kick when a penal foul is committed by a player for instance if the player trips or pushes an opponent. Conversely, if the offence was committed within the penalty area of the opposing team, the kick will then become a penalty kick.
The kick is taken from where the foul occurred, but may be taken from anywhere within the goal area if the offence occurred within the fouled team’s goal area. Importantly, the ball must be immobile prior to being kicked and opponents must be about ten yards away from the ball until the ball is in play. They should also be positioned outside of the penalty area if the kick is taken from within the defending team’s penalty area.
In order to keep the initiative a quick free kick is sometimes taken without waiting for the opposing players to retire from the ten yard radius. As soon as the ball is kicked it becomes in play unless the kick was taken from within the kicking team’s penalty area, which therefore means that the ball would be in play once it has passed directly beyond the penalty area.
A goal may be scored against the opposing side from a direct free kick. However, if the ball lands directly in the own goal, a corner kick is given to the opposing team. A player may be penalized if they commit an offside offence from a direct free kick.
There are three primary techniques used with direct free kicks
- The player taking the direct free kick usually with the laces of the boot, may blast the ball as hard as he can.
- Though curling the ball may be a hard skill to hone it may very well be the most effective method of scoring in a football match. A few free kick specialists may choose to kick the ball with minimal spin, which cause the ball to behave unpredictably in the air.
- There is also the crossing, the ball is kick where the free kick taker will try to get the ball to the strikers or centre backs to get a header on goal, especially if the free kick position is close to the wings.
Opposing players must observe the required distance as was stated above. Failing this may constitute misconduct and the referee may issue a yellow card.
It is also an offense for the kicker if he touches the ball a second time before another player touches it. If this happens an indirect free kick will be awarded to the defending team from where the offense occurred. If however, the second touch is a more serious handling offense a direct free kick or penalty kick is awarded where applicable.