Following on my last Post here , I got to thinking why are free kicks given and what is the relationship between a free kick and a yellow card? I found good answers at the website below. The page below also links to FIFA’s “Laws of the Game” in PDF, if you are interested in such.
Basically, a direct free kick is awarded to the opponent if a player –
- kicks or attempts to kick an opponent
- trips or attempts to trip an opponent
- jumps at an opponent
- charges an opponent
- strikes or attempts to strike an opponent
- pushes an opponent
- tackles an opponent to gain possession of the ball, making contact with the opponent before touching the ball
- holds an opponent
- spits at an opponent
- handles the ball deliberately (except for the goalkeeper within his own penalty area)
A penalty kick is awarded if any of the above ten offences is committed by a player inside his own penalty area, irrespective of the position of the ball, provided it is in play. Just to make things confusing for some of us, as you know, each team in soccer is trying to get more goals by getting the ball into a net which is at one end of the playing field. Well, the net that one team is aiming for is NOT called their own goal (as in a net which they are aiming to score a goal with) BUT rather the GOAL THEY ARE DEFENDING or the opposite net into which the opposition is trying to get the ball in, to score a goal, is called their “own goal” ( specifically a net into which they are trying to get goals ).
So when a player accidentally or desperately hits the ball into the opposition’s net, for a goal, it is called an OWN GOAL and that means the player sadly hit the ball into their own goal !! In other words an OWN GOAL is a ball hit into the player’s “own goal” or own net, which is actually the Net which the player’s team is defending – thus it’s called their own goal in terms of “keep away from this goal” !!
For a penalty kick, a player from the opposing team takes a free shot at goal (defended only by the goalkeeper standing on the goal line) from the penalty spot, located 12 yards away from the goal line.
After awarding a free kick or penalty kick, a referee may take further disciplinary action against a player by showing him a yellow or red card. So a foul that gives a free kick or a penalty kick does NOT automatically incur a yellow or red card. For more information on why a yellow card or a red card may be given along with a free kick, click on the link below. Sometimes viewers / fans are hard pressed to understand why a Yellow Card or a free kick is given or not given.
The “unsporting behaviour” cause of a Yellow Card seems to me to include the offences for a free kick, but those offences listed above do not automatically incur a caution or warning, which is what a Yellow Card gives. It makes me think that to incur a Yellow Card the offending must be rather serious or consistent or persistent, and of course to incur a Red Card the offence would be blatantly serious (like biting someone).
In the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Uruguayan player Luis Suarez bit Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini on the shoulder, and although the Referee did not acknowledge this on-field and DID NOT give him a Red Card, Suarez’s actions were later reviewed and resulted in a four-month suspension from all soccer-related activities.
In the 1994 FIFA Word Cup, Andres Escobar’s own goal in the 35th minute gave the underdog United States a 1-0 advantage, on which it would add a second goal before prevailing 2-1. A once-promising World Cup ended in pain for Colombia, which bowed out after three games. Just days after elimination, Escobar was murdered in his native Medellin, a horrific and disturbing incident that should never have happened, and that casts a sad hue over this otherwise “Beautiful Game”. Rest in peace, Andres Escobar.