What is a red card in soccer?

Ever you wonder, What is a red card in soccer?? if this is you, today you’re in luck as in this article I am going to explain what does it mean and how it can affect a player who receives it.

What is a red card in soccer?

What is a red card in soccer?

A player who is given a red card is instantly sent off of the field and is forbidden to play for the remainder of the match. They are also handed a suspension starting from the next game.

This leaves the team in a vulnerable position as they are left with 10 men on the pitch, giving the opposite side the advantage.

Why yellow and red cards are used in a soccer game?

Yellow and red cards are used as a means to discipline players for misconduct during the game. A yellow card is used to caution players, while a red card results in the player’s dismissal from the field of play. Thus, yellow cards are used to punish milder forms of misconduct than red cards.

When the yellow card was invested?

The idea of the yellow card was bought by referee Ken Aston. One day Aston was driving a car and when he was at the traffic lights in London, he saw the lights change from amber to red and back to amber again.

As he sat watching the changing lights sequence, he thought: “Amber, get ready to stop”; “Red, stop!” This sparked the idea in his mind on how to communicate with soccer players on the pitch no matter what language they speak.

Ken presented his idea to FIFA (International Federation of Association Football). They approved, and after some trials, the yellow-red carding system was introduced in the 1970 World Cup Finals in Mexico.

How a Player Gets a Red Card?

A player will receive a red card if they:

  • are guilty of serious foul play
  • are guilty of violent conduct
  • spits on a person
  • deny the opposing team a goal or an obvious goalscoring opportunity by deliberately handling the ball
  • deny an obvious goalscoring opportunity to an opponent moving towards the player’s goal by an offense punishable by a free kick or penalty kick
  • use offensive or insulting or abusive language and/or gestures
  • receive a second yellow card in the same match.

What Happens If a Player Gets a Red Card?

If a soccer player gets a red card during a game then they are required to immediately leave the soccer field. The player can then no longer take any part in the game and the team cannot bring on any other player to replace this player.

How Many Players Can Be Sent off in One Game of Soccer?

A maximum of 4 players from one team can be sent off in a single game of soccer. If after this a 5th player on the same team is shown a red card the referee will end the game immediately and the team who had 5 players shown a red card will forfeit the game.

What happens if a goalkeeper gets a red card?

If a goalkeeper receives a red card, the same thing happens to any other on the pitch – they get dismissed.

The team is then reduced to 10 players and must call on the substitute goalkeeper to replace the dismissed one and change their formation.

If, in the event that a team has used all three of their substitutes by the time that their goalkeeper has been sent off, the manager will have to select one of the outfield players to be the makeshift goalkeeper.

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