Football is undoubtedly the most popular and most famous game in the world. Like all other games, football is governed by a set of rules that are usually enforced by the referees during the match. Major football rules being deployed are structured by FIFA, which is the international federation that deals with matters of football.
However, there are some FIFA rules that most football fans and players do not know and most referees ignore. In this article, we’ll look at ten rules that you may not be aware of their existence as well as the ones most referees ignore.
In cases where players are not up to the required number for a match, that is 11 for one reason or another, it is allowed that such team can start the game with a minimum of seven players. similarly, if a team concedes four red cards, the game can still go on since the number is still seven. But however, if a fifth red card is issued, the match stops immediately. This red card situation does not apply to players on the bench.
This rule has been abused severally and it is still being abused now by players and referees. During free kick situations, no attacking player is allowed in the defensive wall or near the defensive wall. It was argued that attackers standing close to or in the defensive walls at a free kick often cause management problems or waste a lot of time. There is no legitimate tactical justification for attackers to be in the wall and their presence is against the spirit of the game and often damage the image of the game.
You usually see the coin toss by the referee before the start of the match. Initially, the captain who won the coin toss could only choose the goal to attack but currently, they are allowed to even choose whether to start the kick off or not.
In penalty situations, goalkeepers must not be touching the posts, crossbar or nets in an attempt to scare the penalty taker. They must not move before the ball is kicked. This is usually not followed.
If a player scores and the ball goes flat on its way to the goal, the goal doesn’t count. This is because the standard requirement is that the ball must be inflated fully.
- Illegal Celebrations Yellow Cards
Yellow cards awarded for illegal celebrations stands even if the goal is later disallowed. This is because the impact is the same as if the goal was awarded.