Red card for clear goal scoring opportunity

Yellow cards and Red Cards are given to players when they indulge in indiscipline - (making rash tackles on other players, arguing with the referee, wasting time, taking their jerseys off while celebrating, indulging in fights with other players).

Law 12 of the Laws of the Game (association football) also states that "only a player, substitute or substituted player" can be cautioned. A player is cautioned and shown a yellow card if he/she commits any of the following offences:

Dissent by word or action Persistent infringement on the Laws of the Game Delaying the restart of play (includes deliberate time-wasting tactics) Failure to respect the required distance when play is restarted with a corner kick, throw-in or free kick Entering or re-entering the field of play without the referee's permission Deliberately leaving the field of play without the referee's permission In addition, a player can be cautioned and shown a yellow card for "Unsportsmanlike conduct". What...
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Football's law-makers will decide on Saturday whether to introduce a change to the rule book which could lead to a dramatic drop in red cards - but there will be no discussion on changes to the offside rule.

The International FA Board (IFAB) meeting in Zurich will rule on a FIFA proposal where players would no longer receive an automatic red card for denying a clear goal-scoring opportunity if the referee gives a penalty as well.

There have been reports that FIFA president Sepp Blatter has been investigating how hockey plays without offsides, but FIFA insists there is no suggestion that he wants to bring this into football.

The main item on the agenda is the automatic red card and there has been a growing chorus of opinion that the punishment is too harsh - a penalty, a red card for the offender and a subsequent suspension.

Carling Cup final referee Phil Dowd came under fire when he...

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Watching the game with my brother a few weeks back, he brought up good point he heard a commentator make.

If a defender fouls someone in the area (and denies a clear goal scoring opportunity), it often leads to a red card, meaning the player plays no further part in the game. It then leads to a penalty which is further punishment and lastly he then has to sit out the next game for picking up his non-violent conduct red card.

If you actually think about it, it's a bit harsh isn't it? The Red in that situation, I understand. Everyone would cynically foul if it wasn't the standard punishment. A penalty is right because it's just a standard rule in that area and regardless of what type of foul it was, if it's in the area it's a pen - that's the rules.

The one match ban after already having the former punishments is a little too far though isn't it? It's pretty much subjective to defenders as well seeing that other players would rarely find themselves in that...

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Clearing up a myth

One notorious falsehood about this offence is that once the “last defender” or “last man” commits this offence, he must be sent off. To clarify this, a player does not have to be the “last defender” to be sent off. The referee must consider the position and number of defenders. However, if the other defenders are about two metres closer to their goal line, but closer to the touchlines, then the player can still conceivably be sent off.

By the same token, just because a player who committed this offence is the second-last opponent does not automatically suggest a sending off offence. For example, if the last defender commits a foul punishable by a free kick just a yard over the halfway line, the sheer distance towards goal rules this out as an obvious goalscoring opportunity. The offence would more likely be breaking up a promising attack – unless serious foul play was involved.

Playing the advantage and this offence

In some cases, a...

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Do you prefer the new method? - Results (61 votes)

Yes, red card and peno was pretty harsh


No, I preferred it as it was


Don't remember it being discussed, I would've preferred the rules to stay the same, the penalty can STILL be missed.

As it is now it's too lenient and as it was before a bit too harsh.

I think they should've just left it as it was.

I'm referring to how the defending team can give a penalty away and in 90% of cases get simply a yellow card rather than before where it would be a red card in most cases, inspired by what happened in the Leicester match ofcourse :).

I preferred it as it was and I don't understand why so many people wanted it to be changed.

Its usually a goal scoring chance

- this is replaced by a penalty which is the simplest chance in football (about 85 % scored)

- a one on one which is normally when the foul happens would be lower

I think a lot of...

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Speaking after Chelsea's 4-1 win over Peterborough United in the third round of the FA Cup, Antonio Conte seemed adamant that the club will be appealing John Terry's red card, handed out after some consideration by referee Kevin Friend for a denial of an obvious goalscoring opportunity (DOGSO). Perhaps Conte will change his mind after watching a replay or two.

Conte says John Terry did not deserve to be sent off and indicates there may be an appeal against the red card. #CFC

— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 8, 2017

As per FIFA rules, DOGSO is one seven offences worth of a red card.

denying the opposing team a goal or an obvious goal-scoring opportunity by deliberately handling the ball (except a goalkeeper within their penalty area) denying an obvious goal-scoring opportunity to an opponent moving towards the opponents’ goal by an offence punishable by a free kick (unless as outlined below) serious foul play spitting at an opponent or any other...
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The captain was sent off in his first senior appearance since November against Peterborough, and the governing body confirmed he will serve a ban

Chelsea captain John Terry will serve a one-match suspension after the Football Association rejected an appeal against the red card he received during Sunday's 4-1 FA Cup third-round win over Peterborough United.

Stanic takes aim at Conte over China comments

The 36-year-old was making his eighth appearance of the season for Antonio Conte's side and first since November but was dismissed for a professional foul on Lee Angol in the 67th minute.

Speaking after the match, Conte suggested a covering defensive run made by Branislav Ivanovic meant Terry was not denying a clear goalscoring opportunity, although the FA have rejected this claim and any other possible mitigation.

"John Terry will serve a one-match suspension with immediate effect after his wrongful dismissal claim was unsuccessful, following an...

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Sunderland won a sixth consecutive Tyne-Wear derby and recorded their first victory of the season after Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini was sent off in controversial circumstances.

Newcastle controlled the first half and it appeared to be a matter of time before they took the lead, as Moussa Sissoko, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Jack Colback all spurned chances to open the scoring.

But the game turned on its head in first half stoppage time when referee Robert Madley awarded Sunderland a penalty and sent off Coloccini after the Magpies skipper stepped across the run of Steven Fletcher.

While the penalty was the right call, the red card was not - but Adam Johnson stepped up and converted the spot kick into the bottom corner.

Mitrovic could have levelled early in the second half when he seemed odds on to score, but the excellent Costel Pantilimon pulled off a vital stop from point-blank range.

Sunderland doubled their...

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Republic of Ireland went into the round of 16 clash against Hosts France with nothing to lose having already achieved their goals of making it to the knockouts. But they put France underpressure from the minute go and took the lead in just 2nd minute of the game. Shane Long was brought down inside the box by Paul Poga, referee awarded the penalty, Brady stepped up and scored to make it 1-0 leaving home fans shell shocked. Antoine Griezmann equalized after the break to bring France back into the match

Ireland lead France 1-0 as both teams went into the break. Ireland could not have asked from a better start with Brady scoring from penalty spot in just 2nd minute to give them the lead. France played better but lacked that cutting edge for most part. But they do have a full second half to turn things around and thats exactly what happened after the break

France came roarding back into the game when Griezmann scored twice inside three minutes to completely...

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This week UEFA revealed plans to make a case for an end to the ‘triple punishment’ of a penalty, a red card and a suspension for denying an obvious goal-scoring opportunity in the 18-yard box. It’s true that this punishment often seems harsh on first glance, but this move by UEFA seems like a good time to try and back this up with facts.

The best way to do this is to assign an expected goals value to all of the factors that are involved, which are:

Penalties Red cards Suspensions “Obvious goal-scoring opportunities” (OGSOs)

For example, we know that about three out of four penalties are scored, so we can say that a penalty is worth about 0.75 goals.

The other factors are quite a bit harder to determine though. I’ll even leave suspensions out of the equation altogether because that would require an accurate measurement of the influence of an individual player on a team’s performance. A bit too ambitious…

Obvious goal-scoring opportunities


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Pepe of Portugal headbutts Thomas Mueller of Germany resulting in a red card during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between Germany and Portugal. Stu Forster/Getty Images

Since its inception in 1970, the red card has come to signify the most brutal individual punishment a referee is capable of handing out.

Having a teammate sent off almost always forces a team to fall back into their own half, relying on counterattacks that take advantage of space left by opponents. If they get lucky, maybe they’ll be able to hold on for a draw.

And yet, despite the severe penalty, players are still sent off regularly. The decision is rarely random. Yes, red cards may sometimes be distributed in an ‘unfair’ manner, but more often than not they are the correct decision. They may be handed out when a player prevents a direct goal-scoring opportunity, injures an opponent, or deliberately starts a fight in order to get their ...

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Denying an obvious goal-scoring opportunity has cost both Arsenal and Manchester City dearly in the Champions League this week, giving both clubs a mountain to climb in their respective away legs against two of the world's top sides.

Is it time to change the red card rule when it comes to a clear goal-scoring opportunity? The risk is high, with a triple punishment dished out to the player who commits the foul - a red card, suspension, and penalty.

At the moment, if a defender is trailing an attacking player who is through on goal, research shows that he is best off just leaving him alone and hoping the attacker will miss his chance to score.

Even if the player does score, this still (on average) inflicts far less damage on the defending team's chances of winning the game than receiving a red card (and suspension) and giving away a penalty.

The suspension is particularly relevant when it comes to the knockout phases of the Champions League, in which the...

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Law 12 provides that a defender whose violation of the Law prevents a goal or denies an obvious goal-scoring opportunity must be sent off and shown the red card. The "professional foul" which is taken in a cynical attempt to prevent opponents from scoring requires a quick, firm response by the referee. Such misconduct by the defender overshadows the severity of the foul itself.

In order for a player to be sent off for denying an "obvious goal-scoring opportunity," four elements must be present:

Number of Defenders -- not more than one defender between the foul and the goal, not counting the defender who committed the foul Distance to goal -- the closer the foul is to the goal, the more likely it is an obvious goal-scoring opportunity Distance to ball -- the attacker must have been close enough to the ball at the time of the foul to have continued playing the ball Direction of play -- the attacker must have been moving toward the goal at the time the foul was...
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In various sports, a professional foul is a deliberate act of foul play intended to bring about an advantage for the perpetrator. Professional fouls are usually committed to prevent an opponent from scoring.

In association football, a professional foul involves a defender fouling an attacking player in order to prevent them from scoring. The resulting free kick or penalty may offer the attacking team a lower chance of scoring than the original playing position and the defender therefore has an incentive to strategically foul the attacking player.[1] After a number of high-profile incidents, including one in the 1980 FA Cup Final, the sport's governing body in England, the Football League, recommended in 1982 that any offence that denies the attacking player an obvious scoring opportunity should be deemed "serious foul play" by English referees and would therefore receive a red card, in order to deter offenders.

The offence is popularly but inaccurately referred to as...

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Within the laws of the game, which includes the directives of the overseeing body of the tournament or league, there are some rules which are new enough to be open to criticism and improvements. That is to say, no-one is asking for headers to be outlawed or for goals that go in off the post to count double. But, there are some controversial rules which don’t always sit right when implemented. Here, I am going to discuss a rule which is often overlooked as being controversial in its own right, if not in its implementation. I am talking about the ‘last man’ red card.

To be fair, this rule is nothing to do with the ‘last man’. The rule states that a red card should be issued if a foul denies a clear goal scoring opportunity. Well, the first thing to note is that whether or not a given circumstance is a clear goal-scoring opportunity is necessarily subjective and so this will always give rise to disputes. But I am, like many others are, happy enough to accept one person’s (the...

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Players who commit a foul to deny a goalscoring opportunity will no longer automatically be sent off, football's rule-making body has confirmed.

The previous 'triple-punishment' rule required a red card - and therefore a suspension - as well as the award of a penalty under those circumstances.

However, players committing accidental fouls that deny a goalscoring chance will now be cautioned instead.

But deliberate fouls will still incur a red card.

Those include holding, pulling or pushing, not playing the ball, serious foul play, violent conduct or deliberate handball in order to deny a goalscoring opportunity.

The change has been ratified by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) - a body made up of the four British football associations and Fifa - which decides on changes to the Laws of the Game.

It follows a comprehensive, 18-month review, led by former Premier League referee David Elleray.

Italy to trial video...

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With top-flight football getting increasingly quicker and players becoming more adapt on a technical side, the idea is that there is more focus on dynamic attacking football than in the past. Against this background, it is vitally important for referees to constantly improve their skills in monitoring these attacks and penalizing offenders stopping promising attacks or even denying obvious goal-scoring opportunities. That's what this series of posts will be about.

Learning goals

1) What is Stopping a Promising Attack (SPA), what is Denying an Obvious Goal-Scoring Opportunity (DOGSO)?

2) What are the revelant criteria to penalize a player for SPA or DOGSO? Where are the differences between both types of offences?

3) How to create consistency in terms of SPA and DOGSO?

4) The role of co-operation and communication

What Law 12 says

The cautionable offence Stopping a Promising Attack is rather a UEFA terminology which does not exist in...

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What is a goal-scoring opportunity? When should a player be sent off for denying one? And how can referees get their assistants to signal when a goalkeeper moves off his line before a penalty kick is taken?

The agenda for the next select list of referees' meeting really writes itself after the first three set of Premier League games have been completed and we all draw breath during the international break.

Football managers often complain that they can’t work with their players during the break in the Premier League as so many are away and referees' manager Mike Riley will be thinking the same.

In charge: Howard Webb shows a red card to Arsenal's Carl Jenkinson

Martin Atkinson and Howard Webb both have European Championship qualifiers and Lee Probert has an Under-21 game in Azerbaijan – all three will take Premier League referees with them to act as fourth officials meaning that at least a third of Riley’s squad are not available to...

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