Saturday, July 20, 2024

Fouls and Misconduct

Foul in football
Holding an attacking opponent in football is a foul

(a) When a player of the defending side intentionally commit one of the offences below, within the penalty area he is  penalized by a penalty kick.

  1. kicking or attempting to kick an opponent

  2. tripping an opponents, i.e. throwing or attempting to throw him by using legs or by stopping in front or behind him

  3. jumping at an opponent

  4. charging an opponent in a violent or dangerous manner

  5. charging an opponent from behind unless the latter obstructing him

  6. striking or attempting to strike an opponent

  7. holding an opponent

  8. pushing an opponent

  9. andling the ball, i.e. carrying, striking or propelling the ball with his hand or arm; are penalized by the award of an indirect free kick. It is to be taken by the opposing side from the place where the offence is committed.

(b) A player committing any of the five following offences are penalized by the award of an indirect free kick to be given by the opposite side from the place where the infringement occurred. The offences are 

  1. Playing in a manner considered by the referee to be dangerous. i.e. attempting to kick the ball while held by the goal keeper.

  2. Charging fairly i.e. with the shoulder, when the ball is not within playing distance of the players concerned and they are definitely not trying to play it.

  3. When not playing the ball, intentionally obstructing an opponent. i.e. running between the opponent and the ball or interposing the body so as to form an obstacle to an opponent.

  4. Charging the goal keeper except when he 
    (a)    is holding the ball
    (b)    is obstructing an opponent  
    (c)    has passed outside his goal area  

  5. When playing as goal keeper and within his own penalty area.  

From the moment he takes control of the ball with his hands, he takes more than four steps in any direction whilst holding, bouncing or throwing the ball in the air and catch it again, without releasing it into play or having released the ball into play before, during or after the four steps, he touches it, again with his hands, before it has been touched or played by another player of the same team outside the penalty area, or by a player of the opposing team either inside or outside the penalty area or indulges in tactics which in the opinion of the referee, are designed merely to hold up the game and thus waste time and so give an unfair advantage of his own team.