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Officiating Soccer: Fouls and Misconduct

Sport Specific Course


Officiating Soccer: Fouls and Misconduct has been created to help soccer officials identify different forms of rules violations in order to make games safe and fair. It describes various forms of fouls, such as tripping, holding, and obstruction and how to spot them during a game. This course gives guidance on how to deal with disciplinary issues and other forms of unsporting contact and provides examples of situations to call fouls and show cards.

Course Outline

Course comes with

  • 1. Introduction
    1 Sections
    • Course Introduction
  • 2. Fouls
    12 Sections
    • Fouls Introduction
    • Kicking
    • Striking or attempting to Strike
    • Spitting
    • Jumping
    • Tripping
    • Handling
    • Holding
    • Charging
    • Obstruction
    • Dangerous Play
    • Goalkeeping Restrictions
  • 3. Misconduct
    14 Sections
    • Yellow Card (Caution) Introduction
    • Entering or leaving the field
    • Persistent infringement
    • Dissent
    • Profane or vulgar language
    • Use of electronic devices
    • Unsporting conduct
    • Tobacco Products
    • Yellow Card closing
    • Red Card (Disqualification) Introduction
    • Violent Conduct
    • Taunting
    • Other considerations for disqualifications
    • Leaving team area
  • 4. Conclusion
    1 Sections
    • Conclusion

This Course Includes

  • Approved for 2 Clock Hours
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Additional Resources

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