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Soccer Worrying The Goalkeeper

It is a soccer foul to harass, interfere with, or obstruct the soccer Goalkeeper by trying to keep him from putting the ball into play (e.g., if an opponent stands directly in front of the Goalkeeper when he is trying to punt the ball). Punishable by a Yellow Card and an indirect kick. (See “Soccer Cards” & “Soccer Fouls“).

Soccer Yellow Card

A serious “caution” in a soccer game. Two in one game & a player is shown a “Red Card” & ejected. (See “Soccer Cards” and “Soccer Rules“).

Soccer Warning

Often a soccer referee will give a soccer player an informal warning before he gives a yellow soccer card. Soccer players should take any warning very seriously because the next time the behavior is repeated a card will probably be given (See “Soccer Cards” & “Soccer Fouls“).

Soccer Serious Foul Play

A soccer player must be given a “red card” & “sent off” for serious foul play. (See “Cards“).

Soccer Send Off

A soccer player must be “sent off” if he receives a “red card”. This means he is made to leave the field and cannot return. In some soccer leagues he may not be replaced & his team must play “one player short”. (See “Cards“).

Soccer Rules

The basic soccer rules are described in these Definitions. See “Advantage Clause“, “Cards”, “Fouls”, “Hand Ball”, “Offside Rule”, “Shoulder Charge”, “Assistant Referee”, “FIFA”, “Corner Kick”, “Free Kick”, “Goal Kick”, “Kick Off”, “Lines“, “Penalty Kick”, “Substitutions” & “Throw-Ins”. Also, see “Rules” and “Safety Rules”, Basic Information & Tips for Beginning Coaches. Soccer rules are revised annually by FIFA. You can visit for the latest official soccer rules, which are called the “Laws of The Game”.

Soccer Red Card

Means a soccer player is ejected from the soccer game & may not be replaced (i.e., his team must “play short”). A red card does not have to be preceded by a “Yellow Card”. (See “Cards” and “Rules“).

Soccer Free Kick

When one team is penalized, the other usually gets a “free kick”. There are 2 types of free kicks (direct & indirect) and a special type of Direct Free Kick called a Penalty Kick:

  • Direct Free Kick – Where a goal may be scored by kicking the ball directly into the opponent’s goal without anyone else touching it (although it still counts if someone else does touch it).
  • Indirect Free Kick – On which a goal may be scored only if another player touches the ball before it enters the goal. Question: “How do you know if a free kick is indirect’” Answer: “The referee will raise his arm above his head and leave it up until the ball is kicked”. On an indirect kick you should have one player gently tap the ball so another player standing behind the ball can kick it; or pass it to someone who shoots it. If on an Indirect Free Kick the ball is kicked into the goal without anyone else touching it (other than the kicker) the goal does not count and the other team is awarded a goal kick. However, if the ball is touched by a player on either team, including the goalkeeper, before it goes into the goal, the goal counts.
  • Penalty Kick – When a player commits a foul within his own Penalty Box, which would normally result in a Direct Free Kick, the other team is given a Penalty Kick (”PK”). (See “Penalty Kick”). On Penalty Kicks, everyone but the kicker & goalkeeper must stay out of the Penalty Box until the kicker moves the ball.

    On Direct & Indirect Free Kicks, defenders must stay away from the kicker (6 yards if U-8, 8 yards if U-10 & 10 yards for U-12 & older) until a player on the kicking team moves the ball, if they don’t they can receive a yellow card. (See “Fouls“, “Hand Ball“, “Cards“, “Offside Rule“, & “Penalty Kick“. Go to for more details). The Offside Rule applies on Free Kicks.

  • Soccer Fouls

    There are 2 kinds of soccer fouls, Direct Kick Fouls & Indirect Kick Fouls. (Rules are called “Laws Of The Game” and are changed each year. Go to for current rules. See “Cards” for more fouls & penalties):

    Direct Kick Fouls – For which the other team receives a “direct free kick” (meaning a goal can be scored by kicking the ball straight into the goal) or a “penalty kick” (”PK”) if the foul occurs within the Penalty Box (Note: It doesn’t matter whether the ball was in the Penalty Box or not; what matters is where the foul was committed). There are 10 direct kick fouls. The rules say that the referee should call a foul for numbers 1 thru 6 if he believes they are committed in a manner he considers “careless, reckless or using excessive force”:
    1. kicking or attempting to kick an opponent. Accidentally kicking an opponent while tackling the ball is not a foul unless it was careless, reckless, or there was excessive force. If a player slide tackles from the front, it will be considered at least “dangerous play” (which is an indirect kick foul), or kicking, or tripping, or “unsporting behavior”, even if the ball is contacted, since it would at the least be reckless or dangerous. (See “Cards, Red Card, Serious Foul Play”)
  • tripping or attempting to trip an opponent (if careless, reckless or using excessive force),
  • charging into an opponent (the goalkeeper can also be called for this if his action is careless, reckless or uses excessive force),
  • striking or attempting to strike an opponent (if careless, reckless or using excessive force),
  • pushing an opponent, including the goalkeeper (if careless, reckless or using excessive force),
  • jumping at an opponent in a careless or reckless manner or using excessive force (this includes jumping for a header if an opponent is carelessly or recklessly bumped, and jumping at the goalkeeper),
  • blatant holding or pulling (including holding clothing, using any part of the body to hold an opponent & “Sandwiching”),
  • making contact with an opponent before touching the ball when tackling an opponent to gain possession of the ball (Note: it is always a foul if the tackler contacts the ballhandler before touching the ball. However, it can still be a direct kick foul if the ball is touched first but the tackler was “careless, reckless, or used excessive force” and was judged to have kicked, tripped, charged or jumped at the ballhandler. Or, if the Referee believes the tackler played in a “dangerous manner”, an indirect kick can be awarded),
  • spitting at an opponent, even if it doesn’t hit the opponent (this is grounds for a Red Card),
  • deliberately handling the ball (a “hand ball” should not be called if a player is instinctively trying to protect himself from injury or if the ball hits the hand while it is in a natural position near the players side and has not been moved toward the ball. See “Hand Ball” for more details; this does not apply to the goalkeeper inside his own penalty area.),

  • Soccer Dangerous Play

    Any action by a soccer player that is unsafe to him or another player, in the judgment of the soccer referee. When contact is made, the referee will consider whether it was “careless, reckless or there was excessive force”. The soccer penalty for some types of dangerous actions such as tripping is a direct kick, but for others such as a high kick the penalty is an indirect free kick. (See “Soccer Fouls” and “Soccer Cards“).

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