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Question Number: 3202


RE: All

of , TX asks...

Can a coach receive a yellow or red-card?

Answer provided by Referee Keith Contarino

Not in any USSF or FIFA sanctioned matches. That said, Law 3 Decision 2 of the IFAB tells us that coaches and other officials must behave in a responsible manner. Law 5 empowers the referee to stop,suspend, or terminate the match for any outside interference, and to "take action against team officials who fail to conduct themselves in a responsible manner and may at his discretion,expel them from the field of play and its immediate surroundings." So, while the cards may only be shown to players, coaches may be verbally warned and may be asked to leave for bad behavior. If they refuse to leave, the referee may terminate the match.

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Answer provided by Referee Gartenhaus

A coach may be given a caution or an ejection from a match by the referee. Usually, a card is not shown, but the coach is told very clearly by the referee that even though he/she is not being shown a card, the discipline is being taken anyway and will be reported..In many local youth associations in my North Texas area, the leagues are telling the referees to actually show the cards to the coaches, substitutes, and anyone else on the bench and spectator areas in an effort to reduce confusion..Thanks for writing.

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Answer provided by Referee Stacy Kalstrom

A coach in a USSF or FIFA match MAY NOT be shown nor do they receive a red or yellow card. Do not show cards in the aforementioned matches to a coach or other bench personnel...You may speak to a coach and tell him/her that if you have to return to speak with them again they will be asked to leave, (which would be like a caution). You may also go over to the coach and tell him/her that they must leave immediately and the game will not continue until an assistant has been identified and the coach has vacated the area, (like a red card). If you tell a coach to leave you must follow up with a written report to the proper authorities...In high school soccer, the referee is required to show red and yellow cards to the coach.

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