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Soccer Unsporting Behavior

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

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.),