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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 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 Over Coaching

Over Coaching means controlling or trying to “program” a soccer team to the point that they have no creativity & can’t think for themselves. (Soccer is different from American Football in that the game is more continuous & players must make many decisions. It is more like basketball, except you can’t call time outs).
Over Coaching has been criticized, and rightly so. Some of these critics argue that “The Game Is The Best Teacher”. There is some truth to this, but my experience is that the best approach is for the coach to teach technique and basic terms & concepts but also to incorporate small sided play, practice games that teach technique or tactics, or “situational scrimmages” (like the “Corner Kick Simulation” Practice Game on SoccerHelp Premium). One role for a soccer coach is to show the right way, to teach basic terms & concepts, and to teach soccer players the “rules” to guide their decision-making (see “Coaching Rules”) & then let them play. I can’t imagine a child who wouldn’t benefit from being taught proper technique and basic soccer terms, concepts & rules. “Over Coaching” is bad, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t teach kids how to play. Thinking of yourself as a teacher & not as a coach may help you avoid the tendency to over coach. (See “The Game Is The Best Teacher” & “Small Sided“).

Soccer Laws Of The Game

The official soccer rules are called the “Laws of the Game” and are published annually by FIFA. (Go to “Laws of the Game” at for more information and a complete list of the latest rules. Rules may be modified for women, players with disabilities and for players under 16 and over 35 years of age. See “Rules” herein and “Field Size“).

Soccer Coaching Rules

Stating important concepts as simple “rules” is a useful way to teach young soccer players, since most have been taught to “follow the rules”. The following aren’t real soccer rules, they are just my “rules”. You may want to teach your soccer players some of these: