The free throw line in basketball is the line placed 15 feet in front of the hoop parallel with the end lines. This is where all free throws are attempted from. The free throw line is present at every level of basketball from high school through professional. It is also known as the foul line or charity stripe.
After being fouled, players will either take one, two, or three free throws from this line. The clock will also stop during free throw attempts. Free throw shooters may not step over the line or have any part of their body touching it while shooting free throws. Other players will line up along the key in between the free throw line and the basket during free throw attempts. The free throw line is a vital part of the basketball court because of the role that free throw shooting can have on a competitive basketball game.