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The soccer Referee can give a Soccer Yellow Card and an Soccer Indirect Free Kick for behavior which in the Referee’s judgment is unsporting or causes an unfair advantage. Examples which are mentioned in the soccer rules, “Questions and Answers”, the soccer official’s guidebook and other sources we’ve been able to find include: any action designed to deceive the soccer Referee; behavior which in the Referee’s judgment is unsporting or causes an unfair advantage; faking an injury; saying things that are designed to confuse or distract an opponent; harassment (such as jumping around, shouting or making gestures to intentionally distract an opponent); jumping in front of a corner kick, soccer free kick or throw-in; worrying the goalkeeper or trying to prevent him from putting the ball into play; hard soccer fouls; holding an opponent or deliberately handling the ball for the purpose of preventing an opponent from gaining possession of the ball; adopting a threatening posture; gaining an unfair advantage by leaning on, climbing on the back of, or holding a teammate or the goal; blatant cases of holding and pulling an opposing player or his uniform. See Soccer Foul Cards and 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 www.fifa.com. 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”:
- 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”)