I have seen goal kicks placed in various spots within the box, and then there are kicks where the goalkeeper can handle the ball and drop-kick it.

What determines these different cases?

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These are all completely different situations.

  • A goal kick can only be taken within the goal area (the 6 yard box). (Law 16)
  • A drop kick means the ball is still in play. The goalie could as well throw the ball to a team mate.
  • Free kicks can be awarded almost anywhere on the pitch. They're taken from where the previous offence occurred. (Law 13)
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    Law 13.2, a free kick can be awarded anywhere on the field, just not taken (if for an attacker) inside the goal area.
    – Nij
    Commented Sep 21, 2020 at 18:50

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