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Fouls and Misconduct

Detailed Information on Fouls and Misconduct

Direct free kick is awarded when a player intentionally commits any of the following 11 offenses (penalty kick awarded when infringement takes place in penalty area)

  1. kicking or attempting to kick an opponent
  2. tripping an opponent
  3. jumping at an opponent
  4. charging an opponent in a violent or dangerous manner
  5. charging an opponent from behind
  6. striking, attempting to strike, or spitting at an opponent
  7. holding an opponent
  8. pushing an opponent
  9. charging an opponent with shoulder (i.e., shoulder charge)
  10. sliding at an opponent (i.e., sliding tackle)
  11. handling the ball (except goalkeeper)

Indirect free kick awarded when any of the following 8 offenses is committed (kick taken from the 6-meter line when infringement takes place in penalty area):

  1. dangerous play (e.g. attempting to kick ball held by goalkeeper)
  2. obstruction
  3. charging the goalkeeper in the penalty area (i.e., goalkeeper charge)
  4. goalkeeper throws ball directly over the halfway-line (without it first touching his own side of the pitch or any player)
  5. goalkeeper picks up or touches with his hands a back pass
  6. goalkeeper picks up or touches with his hands a kick-in from a teammate
  7. goalkeeper controls the ball with any part of his body for more than 4 seconds
  8. goalkeeper touches with any part of his body a back pass that has been played back to him before the ball has (1) crossed the halfway-line or (2) been touched by an opponent

Players shall be cautioned (i.e., shown yellow card) when:

  1. substituting player enters the pitch from an incorrect position or before the player he is substituting has entirely left the court
  2. persistently infringes the Laws of the Game
  3. shows dissent with any decision of the referee
  4. guilty of ungentlemanly conduct
  • These 4 yellow-card offenses are punishable by an indirect free kick taken from the point of infringement (or from the 6-meter line when the infringement takes place in penalty area).

Players shall be sent off (i.e., shown the red card) for:

  1. serious foul play
  2. violent conduct
  3. foul or abusive language
  4. second instance of cautionable offense (i.e., second yellow card)
  5. intentionally impeding a clear goal opportunity (e.g. through a "professional foul")
  6. intentionally impeding a clear goal opportunity in the penalty area by handling the ball
  • Direct free kicks (or penalty kicks) accompany the expulsion for (a), (b), (e) and (f); indirect free kicks, for (c) and (d) (from the 6-meter line when the infringement takes place in the penalty area).

 Rules of Expulsion:

  • The player sent off (shown a red card) is out for the rest of the game and is not even permitted to sit on the reserves' bench.
  • The team of the player sent off can substitute for that player after 2 minutes of playing time or after the opposing team scores -- which ever comes first.
  • The 2-minute punishment shall be checked by the timekeeper (or by the assistant referee, if there is no timekeeper).
  • The substitute cannot come on until the ball is out of play and he has a referee's consent.

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