Soccer Rules - Fouls and Misconduct
Fouls and misconduct are penalised as follows:
Direct Free Kick
A direct free kick is awarded to the oppos-ing team if a player commits any of the following six offences in a manner consid-ered by the referee to be careless, reckless or using excessive force:
Kicks or attempts to kick an opponent.
Trips or attempts to trip an opponent.
Jumps at an opponent.
Charges an opponent.
Strikes or attempts to strike an opponent.
Pushes an opponent.
A direct free kick is also awarded to the opposing team if a player commits any of the following four offences:
Tackles an opponent to gain possession of the ball, making contact with the opponent before touching the ball.
Holds an opponent.
Spits at an opponent.
Handles the ball deliberately (except for the goalkeeper within his own penalty area)
A direct free kick is taken from where the offence occurred.
Indirect Free Kick
An indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team if a goalkeeper, inside his own penalty area, commits any of the following five offences:
Takes more than six seconds while controlling the ball with his hands before releasing it from his possession.
Touches the ball again with his hands after it has been released from his possession and has not touched any other player.
Touches the ball with his hands after it has been deliberately kicked to him by a team-mate.
Touches the ball with his hands after he has received it directly from a throw-in taken by a team-mate.
An indirect free kick is also awarded to the opposing team if a player, in the opinion of the referee:
Plays in a dangerous manner.
Impedes the progress of an opponent.
Prevents the goalkeeper from releasing the ball from his hands.
Commits any other offence, not previously.
Mentioned in Law 12, for which play is stopped to caution or dismiss a player
The indirect free kick is taken from wherethe offence occurred.
A penalty kick is awarded if any of the above ten offences is committed by a player inside his own penalty area, irrespective of the position of the ball, provided it is in play.