Let's say Team A and Team B have a soccer match. Now the referee says: it's a penalty to Team A. Does it mean Team B Kicks the Penalty kick or Team A kicks it?

And I also saw the phrase "penalty for ...". Does both "penalty for team A" and "penalty to team A" mean the same?

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Both penalty to and penalty for Team A mean that Team A have a penalty. Both are correct, there are just 2 ways of saying it.

If the penalty were for Team B, the referee could say:

Penalty against Team A

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    The answer is correct, but I would add that the referee would say "penalty against" the offending team (Team B). Commented Dec 8, 2018 at 9:53

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