Free-kicks shall be classified under two headings: 'Direct' (from which a goal can be scored direct against the offending side) and 'Indirect' (from which a goal cannot be scored unless the ball has been touched or played by a player other than the kicker before passing through the goal).
When a player is taking a direct or an indirect free-kick inside his own penalty area, all the opposing players shall be at least 10 yards from the ball and shall remain outside the penalty area until the ball has been kicked out of the area. The ball shall be in play immediately it has traveled the distance of its own circumference and is beyond the penalty area. The goalkeeper shall not receive the ball into his hands, in order that he may kick it into play. If the ball is not kicked direct into play, beyond the penalty area, the kick shall be retaken.
When a player is taking a direct or indirect free-kick outside his own penalty area, all the opposing players shall be at least 10 yards from the ball, until it is in play, unless they are standing on their own goal-line, between the posts. The ball shall be in play when it has traveled the distance of its own circumference.
If a player of the opposing side encroaches into the penalty area, or within 10 yards of the ball, as the case may be, before a free-kick is taken, the Referee shall delay the taking of the kick, until the Law is complied with.
The ball must be stationary when the free-kick is taken, and the kicker shall not play the ball a second time, until it has been touched or played by another player.
Notwithstanding any other reference in these Laws to the point from which a free-kick is to be taken:
1. any free-kick awarded to the defending team, within its own goal-area, may be taken from any point in the goal area,
2. any indirect free-kick awarded to the attacking team within its opponent's goal area shall be taken from the part of the goal area line which runs parallel to the goal line. At the point nearest to where the offence was committed.
If the kicker, after taking the free-kick, plays the ball a second time before it has been touched or played by another player an indirect free-kick shall be taken by a player of the opposing team from the spot where the infringement occurred, unless the offence is committed by a player in his opponent's goal area, in which case the free-kick shall be taken from any point within the goal area.