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Caution Card Rules

Football Card Rules: Red vs. Yellow

Soccer referees use red and yellow caution cards to show ruling sanctions imposed for football infringements, fouls, and misconduct.

FIFA CAUTION CARDS: All players, substitutes and any substituted players are governed by the referee during the game whether they are on the pitch or not.

Red or yellow cards cannot be issued to team officials.

Having issued a dreaded red or a cautionary yellow card, the misconduct rulings cannot be reversed once play has resumed.

All soccer yellow and red card cautions are submitted in the referee’s match report at the end of the game.

Yellow Card - Caution

A yellow card can be used by the referee as a warning during the game – including stoppages - to caution a player for any of the following seven fouls or offences.

Red Card - Dismissal

A player is shown the red card and is required to leave the vicinity of the pitch - including the technical area - if they commit any of the following serious offences.

Free Kicks and Penalty Kicks

Free Kicks

A free kick is broken into two categories which a called direct and indirect. A direct free kick may be taken and aimed directly into the opponent’s goal and is not required to touch another player.

An indirect free kick is indicated by the football referee raising his hand during the kick. An indirect kick can only go into the goal if it has subsequently been touched by another player before it enters the goal. The ball must be stationary before executing both types of kicks.

The Penalty Kick

A penalty kick is awarded either when a defensive player fouls an attacking player or commits a handball in his/her team’s penalty area.

Soccer Caution Cards; UK Rules Updated 2017