Any player on the team awarded a free kick may take the kick. The ball must be stationary at the place where the kick was awarded when a free kick is taken.
When a player is taking a free kick, all of the opposing players shall be at least 6 yards from the ball until it is in play. The opposing players shall not dance about, shout or gesticulate in a way calculated to distract their opponents. If necessary, the Referee shall delay the taking of the kick until these conditions are complied with.
Any free kick awarded to the attacking team within its opponent's goal area shall be taken from the point on the goal area (6 or 7 or 9 yard) line nearest to the point where the offence was committed.
A free kick awarded to the defending team within its own goal area is completely equivalent to a goal kick (see Law 16).