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Question Number: 4076


RE: Under 8

Jared of Sacramento, CA UNITED STATES OF AMERICA asks...

Do u give a yellow card before a red 1?

Answer provided by Referee Nagy

Hi Jared! I suppose you mean caution and SHOW a yellow card, not give. Usually a caution is first. Sometimes a player has to be sent off and shown the red card without a caution. Look in the Laws of the Game under Law 12. For swearing or stopping a clear goal scoring opportunity, it's a send off right away, no caution. But at age 8, I would not caution or send off a player unless it's an extreme situation. Keep those cards in your pocket till they get to be at least 10, more like 13.

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Answer provided by Referee Stacy Kalstrom

HI Jared,.According to Law 12-Fouls and Misconduct, there are seven reasons to show a player a yellow card and also seven different reasons for which you show a player a red card. So in answer to your question, No, you do not have to show a yellow first, if a red card is warrented, then red it is. I hope that you never get shown a red card...Good luck and have fun playing soccer.

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