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Penalty kick

type of direct free kick in association football
German Lothar Matthäus scoring a penalty against Bulgaria

A penalty kick (short pen) is a type of free kick in football. The ball is 11 meters away from the goal post. A penalty kick is taken by the team which has been fouled if the violent act is made in the penalty box.

Penalty shootoutEdit

Penalties can also happen in a penalty shootout, when there is a draw in a match even after added extra time.