An explanation of why referees award direct free kicks, indirect free kicks, and penalty kicks and what constitutes a foul in soccer. Play free online Penalty Shootout Games at GamesXL. Sport games (); Soccer (); Penalty Shootout (58); Free Kicks (34); 1 On 1 Soccer (20); Kick Ups. A direct free kick is a method of restarting of association football following a foul. A goal may be A direct free kick is awarded when a player commits a foul outside of their own penalty area (for offsides, etc., an indirect free kick is awarded).