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Soccer Rules - Disciplinary Sanctions

Only a player or substitute or substituted player may be shown the red or yellow card.

Cautionable Offences

A player is cautioned and shown the yellow card if he commits any of the following seven offences:

1. Is guilty of unsporting behaviour.

2. Shows dissent by word or action.

3. Persistently infringes the Laws of theGame.

4. Delays the restart of play5. fails to respect the required distance when play is restarted with a corner kickor free kick.

6. Enters or re-enters the field of playwithout the referee’s permission.

7. Deliberately leaves the field of playwithout the referee’s permission.

Sending-Off Offences

A player is sent off and shown the red card if he commits any of the following sevenoffences:

1. Is guilty of serious foul play.

2. Is guilty of violent conduct.

3. Spits at an opponent or any other person.

4. Denies the opposing team a goal or anobvious goal-scoring opportunity bydeliberately handling the ball (this doesnot apply to a goalkeeper within his ownpenalty area).

5. Denies an obvious goal-scoring opportu-nity to an opponent moving towards theplayer’s goal by an offence punishable bya free kick or a penalty kick6. uses offensive or insulting or abusive language and/or gestures.

7. Receives a second caution in the samematchA player who has been sent off must leave the vicinity of the field of play and thetechnical area.

A player using a deliberate trick to circumvent the Law while he is taking a free kick, is cautioned for unsporting behaviour and shown the yellow card. The free kick is retaken.

Decisions of the International F.A. Board

Decision 1

A player who commits a cautionable or sending-off offence, either on or off the field of play, whether directed towards an opponent, a team-mate, the referee, an assistant referee or any other person, is disciplined according to the nature of the offence committed.

Decision 2

The goalkeeper is considered to be in control of the ball by touching it with any part of his hand or arms. Possession of the ball includes the goalkeeper deliberately parrying the ball, but does not include the circumstances where, in the opinion of the referee, the ball rebounds accidentally from the goalkeeper, for example after he has made a save.

Decision 3

Subject to the terms of Law 12, a player may pass the ball to his own goalkeeper using his head or chest or knee, etc. If, however, in the opinion of the referee, a player uses a deliberate trick while the ball is in play in order to circumvent the Law, the player is guilty of unsporting behaviour. He is cautioned, shown the yellow card and an indirect free kick is awarded to the oppos-ing team from the place where the infringe-ment occurred.

Decision 4

A tackle from behind, which endangers the safety of an opponent, must be sanctionedas serious foul play.

Decision 5

Any simulating action anywhere on the field, which is intended to deceive the referee, must be sanctioned as unsporting behaviour.

Free Kicks

Types of Free Kicks

Free kicks are either direct or indirect. For both direct and indirect free kicks, theball must be stationary when the kick is taken and the kicker does not touch the balla second time until it has touched another player.

The Direct Free Kick

If a direct free kick is kicked directly into the opponents’ goal, a goal is awarded.

If a direct free kick is kicked directly into the team’s own goal, a corner kick is awarded to the opposing team.

Signal

The referee indicates an indirect free kick by raising his arm above his head. He maintainshis arm in that position until the kick has been taken and the ball has touched anotherplayer or goes out of play.

Ball Enters the Goal

A goal can be scored only if the ball subsequently touches another player before it enters the goal.

If an indirect free kick is kicked directly into the opponents’ goal, a goal kick is awarded.

if an indirect free kick is kicked directly into the team’s own goal, a corner kick is awarded to the opposing team.

Position of Free Kick

Free Kick Inside the Penalty Area

Direct or indirect free kick to the defending team:

All opponents are at least 9.15 m (10 yds) from the ball.

All opponents remain outside the penalty area until the ball is in play.

The ball is in play when it is kicked directly beyond the penalty area.

A free kick awarded in the goal area is taken from any point inside that area.

Indirect free kick to the attacking team:

All opponents are at least 9.15 m (10 yds) from the ball until it is in play, unless they are on their own goal line between the goalposts.

The ball is in play when it is kicked and moves.

An indirect free kick awarded inside the goal area is taken from that part of the goal area line which runs parallel to the goal line, at the point nearest to where the infringement occurred.

Free Kick Outside the Penalty Area

All opponents are at least 9.15 m (10 yds) from the ball until it is in play.

The ball is in play when it is kicked and moves.

The free kick is taken from the place where the infringement occurred.

 

 

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