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Question Number: 3196

Mechanics

RE: Professional level

Matt O'Brien of Rockton, IL USA asks...

What are the Mandatory cautions that are stated in the FIFA Law book? I am having a hard time trying to find them in the new version of the book, Advice to the Refereee. I have also heard that FIFA is thinking about increasing the Mandotory cautions to nine from seven(exaggerating a foul or simulating a foul and another one). Is this going to happen this year or in future years...Thanks,..Matt

Answer provided by Referee Gary Sebalja

Here you go...A player is cautioned and shown the yellow card if he commits any of the following seven offences: ..is guilty of unsporting behaviour .shows dissent by word or action .persistently infringes the Laws of the Game .delays the restart of play .fails to respect the required distance when play is restarted with a corner kick or free kick .enters or re-enters the field of play without the referee's permission .deliberately leaves the field of play without the referee's permission



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Answer provided by Referee Keith Contarino

Hi. What my collegue has listed are cautions but not all are mandatory. Currently, there are 8 mandatory cautions. The full explanation for each is available from the USSF. Briefly..3 from Law 3 substitute enters without permission,illegal keeper change, any other infringement of Law 3..1 from Law 4 A player that has been requested to leave to take care of an equipment problem may not re-enter without permission.. 3 from Law 12 all involving trickery or trying to deceive the referee..and finally 1 from Law 15 Anyone guilty of distracting or impeding a throw-in must be cautioned.



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Answer provided by Referee Stacy Kalstrom

The mandatory cautions and their explanations can be found in the USSF publication "The Eight Mandatory Cautions 2000". I think you will be able to download it from the USSF site. As to whether the powers that be will include more of these in the future, rumors abound. We will all have to wait and see.



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Answer provided by Referee Dawson

Hi Matt, .This question about Mandatory cautions comes up every so often and tends to cause some confusion with the SEVEN cautionable offences listed under Law 12 Fouls and Misconduct which is listed in the FIFA handbook. .The Mandatory cautions are not listed in the FIFA HANDBOOK in a recognizable form, instead they are on policy papers and directive papers in country associations handbooks and literature ..Disciplinary Sanctions (As per FIFA LAW BOOK) ..Only a player or substitute or substituted player may be shown the red or yellow card. ..Cautionable Offences ..A player is cautioned and shown the yellow card if he commits any of the following seven offences: ..is guilty of unsporting behaviour .shows dissent by word or action .persistently infringes the Laws of the Game .delays the restart of play .fails to respect the required distance when play is restarted with a corner kick or free kick .enters or re-enters the field of play without the referee's permission .deliberately leaves the field of play without the referee's permission..I have tried to explain the difference before but admit frustration at a proper explanation. Other than the 7 CAUTIONABLE OFFENCES are general and cover not only the exact wording but ITOOTR other acts that fall under the wording in particular USB and Dissent. ITOOTR the stated criteria is a reflection of out tolerence..The 8 MANDATORY are targeted to specific incidents and leave us no room for options. .Try this website.. http://www.ussoccer-data.com/docfile/8mandctn.pdf. .it lists the USSF paper on these matters. The opening paragraph in the USSF explanation is as good an explanation as I know..There are only EIGHT mandatory cautions in the current edition of the Laws of the Game. All other cautionable offenses mentioned in the Laws are discretionary. In other words, they are cautionable if they meet the standards set by the individual referee in a particular game at a particular time and if the caution is used to meet a particular game-management or game-control need. Cheers



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