THE WORLD Cup is back and Qatar hosts 32 nations competing for the famous trophy.
And with the heightened awareness are coming fans, new and old, looking to cheer on their countrymen and need a refresher on one of football’s key areas.
One of the most common things you will see in a soccer game is a yellow card.
In fact, Russian referee Valentin Ivanov set a FIFA World Cup record in 2006 with 16 yellow cards and 4 red cards in a single game.
When a referee shows a player a yellow card, that means the player has engaged in unsportsmanlike conduct, consistently violated the Laws of the Game, disagreed, or delayed the restart of play.
If a player is shown a yellow card, this serves as a warning for the player.
However, if they are shown two yellow cards in the same game, it will be upgraded to a red card.
This means they will be sent off and off the field for the rest of the game.
A referee issues a yellow card to a player when he believes he has committed an offense or broken the Laws of the Game.
The official stops play to give the player the card, most of the time giving a free kick or penalty in favor of the opposing team.
The yellow card then means that one player must be careful to avoid another.
As in many major football competitions, yellow cards are counted during matches played.
Once a player has accumulated a predetermined number of yellow cards, this can result in a ban.
At the 2022 World Cup, two yellow cards in different games will result in a suspension for the next game.
If this cannot be served during the tournament in Qatar, it will be carried over to their country’s next official match.
Unsportsmanlike conduct can be somewhat subjective.
According to Coaching American Soccer, here are some common examples: