FIFA Laws

FIFA LAWS OF THE GAME ~  2012/13

Law 12 – Fouls and Misconduct

Disciplinary Sanctions:

  • The YELLOW CARD is used to communicate that a player, substitute or substituted player has been cautioned.
  • The RED CARD is used to communicate that a player, substitute or substituted player has been sent off.
  • ONLY a player, substitute or substituted player may be shown the RED or YELLOW Card.
  • The referee has the authority to take disciplinary sanctions from the moment he/she enters the field of play until he/she leaves the field of play after the final whistle.
  • A player who commits a cautionable  ( Yellow) or sending off (Red) offence, either on or off the field of play, whether directed towards and opponent, a team-mate, the referee, an assistant referee or any other person, is disciplined according to the nature of the offence committed.
 Cautionable Offenses (Yellow Card)

A player is cautioned and shown the Yellow Card if he/she commits any of the following 7 offenses:

  • Unsporting Behaviour (USB)
  • Dissent by word or action
  • Persistent infringement of the Laws of the Game
  • Delaying the restart of play
  • Failure to respect the required distance when play is restarted with a corner kick, free kick, or throw-in.
  • Entering or re-entering the field of play without the referee’s permission
  • Deliberately leaving the field of play without the referee’s permission
 Sending-off Offenses (Red Card)

A player, substitute or substituted player is sent off if he/she commits any of the following  7 offenses:

  • Serious foul play
  • Violent conduct
  • Spitting at an opponent or any other person
  • Denying an opposing team a goal or an obvious goal scoring opportunity by deliberately handling the ball (this does not apply to a goalkeeper within their own penalty area)
  • Denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity to an opponent moving towards the player’s goal by an offense punishable by a free kick or a penalty kick
  • Using offensive, insulting, and abusive language and/or gestures
  • Receiving a second caution (Yellow Card) in the same match

A player, substitute or substituted player who has been sent off must leave the vicinity of the field of play and the technical area.