Definition of penalty kick in English:

penalty kick


  • 1Soccer
    A free kick at the goal from the penalty spot (which only the goalkeeper is allowed to defend), awarded to the attacking team after a foul within the penalty area by an opponent.

    ‘Well, in the space of 132 seconds of extra time, France converted on a free kick to tie and then took advantage of a foul to score the winning goal on a penalty kick.’
    • ‘Another solution might be to award a penalty kick against a player found guilty of swearing at an official in the way that free throws are awarded in basketball for such offences.’
    • ‘Images of him taking his shirt off in the final game have been more widely published and acclaimed than pictures of his penalty kick against Argentina.’
    • ‘In soccer, particularly if the ref has given a penalty kick, the entire team will crowd around him, pushing, shoving and jostling him.’
    • ‘England needed only a draw to qualify and seemed well on the way to getting at least that after being awarded a penalty kick shortly before half time.’
  • 2Rugby
    A placekick awarded to a team after an offense by an opponent.

    ‘Dundee striker blew a great chance to level when he saw his penalty kick saved.’
    • ‘Of course, if the sending-off offence would also lead to a penalty kick, then committing the offence is almost never justifiable.’
    • ‘Then 20 minutes after good play by the visiting backs and forward the scrumhalf equalised the score with a penalty kick.’
    • ‘By the turn around both sides had missed penalty kicks and both had drop-goal attempts fail, but in terms of breaching the opposition defence, there was little to report.’
    • ‘Kicking is an important part of the game; there is touch - kicking, re-starts, drop-goals, grubber kicks, box kicks and penalty kicks.’


penalty kick

/ˈpenəltē kik/ /ˈpɛnəlti kɪk/