Why are defenders allowed to come closer than 10 yards from the free kick spot? 10 yards is the rule, right? Well, whenever I see the referee tell the defenders where to line up, they move steps closer immediately afterwards. (and if the ref doesn't tell them where to line, they always line up a 2-5 yards closer than they are supposed to) And when the ball is about to be kicked, at least one defender runs at it, and comes about 5 yards from the ball before it is actually kicked. Surely this is against the rules, right? If it is, why is it never called?