FUTURO 2013 - Learning Modules - Severity of Fouls - Considerations

FIFA directs referees to apply the following Considerations when evaluating the severity of fouls:

Is there contact between the players involved?

If no contact, consider NO FOUL
Is there fair/normal contact between the players involved? if the contact between the players involved is fair/normal, consider NO FOUL
Does the player challenge for the ball in a fair manner? 

If the challenge is made in a fair manner, consider NO FOUL
Does the player have a chance of playing the ball in a fair manner?

If no chance to play the ball in a fair manner, consider CARELESS or perhaps RECKLESS or EXCESSIVE FORCE
Does the player make fair or unfair contact with the opponent after touching the ball?      If the contact made with the opponent after touching the ball is fair, consider NO FOUL

If the contact made with the opponent after touching the ball is unfair, consider CARELESS or perhaps RECKLESS or EXCESSIVE FORCE

Does the player touch the ball after making contact with the opponent?

If contact is made with the opponent before touching the ball, consider CARELESS or perhaps RECKLESS or EXCESSIVE FORCE
Does the player show a lack of attention or consideration when making his challenge?

YES = consider CARELESS
Does the player act without precaution when making the challenge?

YES = consider CARELESS
What degree of speed and/or intensity is the player using when making the challenge?

 
Does the player act with complete disregard of the danger to his opponent?

YES = consider RECKLESS (yellow card)
Does the player act with complete disregard of the consequences for his opponent?

YES = consider RECKLESS (yellow card)
Is the challenge putting an opponent in a dangerous situation?

YES = consider RECKLESS (yellow card)
Does the player far exceed the necessary use of force when making the challenge?

YES = consider EXCESSIVE FORCE (red card)
Does the player use brutality against an opponent when challenging?

YES = consider EXCESSIVE FORCE (red card)
Is the challenge clearly endangering the safety of the opponent?

YES = consider EXCESSIVE FORCE (red card)
Does the player show clear malice when making the challenge?

YES = consider EXCESSIVE FORCE (red card)
Does the player lunge at an opponent from the front, from the side or from behind?

YES = consider EXCESSIVE FORCE (red card)
Does the player use his studs when making a tackle?

YES = consider EXCESSIVE FORCE (red card)
On which part of the opponent's body is contact made?

If above the ankle, consider EXCESSIVE FORCE (red card)
Which part of the body has the player used to make contact?

If the player uses a hard, bony, unyielding surface -- such as a fist, an elbow or a knee -- consider EXCESSIVE FORCE (red card)
In what direction are the tackler's feet pointing? If the leg is bent, consider RECKLESS (yellow card)

If the leg is straight and locked, consider EXCESSIVE FORCE (red card)

Does the player use his arm as a "tool" or a "weapon?" If the player's arm contacts the opponent above the shoulders and it was used as a "tool" (e.g., to gain height on a jump), consider RECKLESS (yellow card)

If the player's arm contacts the opponent above the shoulders and it was used as a "weapon," consider EXCESSIVE FORCE (red card)

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