FIFA Proposes Yellow Card for Denying an Obvious Goal-Scoring Opportunity

FIFA Proposes Yellow Card for Denying an Obvious Goal-Scoring Opportunity

FIFA and IFAB (International Football Associations Board) have scheduled a meeting to discuss a new ruling that would downgrade a red card to a yellow for fouls that deny an obvious goal-scoring opportunity in the box, among other issues up for review.

Instead of giving a red card and a team losing a player for the remainder of the game and the subsequent game, and then facing a penalty kick, the proposed change would lighten the punishment. The proposal would make the incident less dreadful for the offending team, by just giving a yellow card instead of the red, if the referee awards a penalty kick as well. Players who commit a last-man foul outside of the penalty box could still be vulnerable to seeing red under the rule change, but it would remain without the penalty kick.

The concern is that when a player fouls another player during an obvious goal-scoring opportunity in the penalty box, there is a triple punishment.

  1. A penalty kick is awarded to the opposing team.
  2. The player that performed the foul will be given a red card and sent off the field.
  3. The player will be suspended from the next game.

An additional issue that will be discussed is whether players should be allowed to feint at all during the run-up to take a penalty. The current law is open to interpretation with feinting being permitted unless the referee considers it “an act of unsporting behavior”.

And the issue of the goal-line referees, of having two extra assistant referees behind each goal-line will also be up for discussion.

The IFAB will be meeting March 6, 2010 to discuss the proposal. The IFAB is made up of representatives from each of the United Kingdom’s football associations. Each UK association has one vote and FIFA has four. Any rule change needs a minimum of six votes in favor.

So what do you think about these rule changes? Should a foul in the box during an obvious goal-scoring opportunity only be a yellow? Should players be allowed to feint while taking a penalty kick? Should goal-line referees be used? Leave your comments below.

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On February 12, 2010 Charley said

I can go either way on the penalty-kick fake, but I’m not a fan of the Red Card Reduction… The idea is make the penalty so high to keep players from playing dirty. So you’re going to give the offending player two chances to take out the opposing team’s striker, rather than just one?

On February 16, 2010 Joshua said

I disagree with the idea of downgrading to a yellow card. This would definitely increase the number of fouls in the game since players would know they could get away with it.

Having a clear chance for a goal being taken away from you because you were fouled should result in a penalty shot and the player being sent off.

With the idea of faking during a penalty shot, I believe it’s the result of goalies moving so much before the shot is even taken. Stop the goalie from moving, you’ll stop the player from doing the same.

On February 18, 2010 Danie said

I agree as well, the red card should stay. A yellow card allows the player to stay on the field, so they may just take the chance of a penalty kick, knowing they cannot get kicked out of the game.

On June 20, 2010 Sean said

Why not introduce a sin bin for fouls denying an obvious goal-scoring opportunity.

On June 26, 2010 J howard said

A penalty kick to my taste is too much of a sure thing as it is. I cannot agree with giving the kicker an even greater chance of scoring by allowing him to fake.

On November 6, 2010 DET said

One of the most obvious DOGSO situations is a handball by a defender other than the keeper in the penalty area. Coaches (especially in youth matches) used to tell players to use their hands if they had to, then pretend it was accidental, since giving up a yellow card, even when it resulted in an often-missed penalty kick, was considered acceptable.

Fans, not to mention responsible coaches, players and officials, want to see goals, not players gaining an advantage by cheating.

Further, I’d like to see an automatic match forfeiture (including perhaps a loss of standings points) for a handball DOGSO if the match is tied in stoppage time at the end of the second half.

On April 15, 2011 grandawalt said

my thoughts are the same as seans.introduce a SIN BIN instead of yellow cards but still keep the card method for when things get too bad.

On April 15, 2011 grandawalt said

also i would like to see a change to the time limited to the last 15 minutes of a game when managers use their reserve players to waste time.

On April 15, 2011 Danie said

That’s an interesting thought. Check out the Wasting Time article:

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