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FIFA World Cup Free Kicks & Own Goals

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.

https://www.thoughtco.com/soccer-fouls-3557670

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.

https://www.thoughtco.com/soccer-fouls-3557670

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.

 


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FIFA World Cup Scoring, Penalties & Yellow and Red Cards

It’s on again – the World Cup Soccer is now showing in Russia!  On Saturday (Russia time) the Round of 16 will start.  If you’re interested in how teams win and go through to the next stage, and / or would like a Word document to fill in all the RESULTS on your computer or to print, please go to this Post  HERE  on my blog “Book Reviewers International.”

More about penalties and working out who gets to the Round of 16 which of course means 16 teams playing 8 matches, before the 4 Quarter Finals, the 2 Semi-Finals, the 3rd place play-off and the Grand Final, follows.

You may know about Yellow Cards and Red Cards already but if you don’t, I’ll explain here.  If a FOUL such as an unsportsmanlike like move where another player is intentionally and illegally impeded (see here ) is used upon a competitor, then the Referee may issue a YELLOW CARD to the fouler.   He shows the card and writes who it is allocated to in his note-book.  A yellow card aims to caution a player or act as a warning that certain behaviour is not tolerated.

If a really serious  FOUL  is committed, liking “showing studs” meaning something like a high kick and having the studs on the underside of one’s shoes making contact with another player, then the offending player is immediately sent off or dismissed with a notorious  RED CARD !  His team are NOT allowed to replace him, so alas the team is then “down a player” or has 1 less player, which is not great.  The player is also banned from the next game. Continue reading


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Hopman Cup: Scoring – and the Ball Trophy Bounces Back!

I didn’t get to attend the 2018 Hopman Cup in Perth this year.  I tend to address or call the Hopman Cup by the year in which the Final occurs, so this year’s Hopman Cup started on Saturday 30 December 2017 but finished on 6 January 2018 the current year.  I must confess that I find it easiest for me to refer to it thus as the 2018 Hopman Cup.

Many others refer to it as the 2017 Hopman Cup and the fact that this tournament may span 2 consecutive years can cause confusion.   If you want to get technical, the tournament that just passed is really the 2017 / 2018 Hopman Cup.

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To my great surprise, I noted on television and on the tournament’s website, that in 2018, the winners were awarded silver balls as their individual trophies!   I puzzled “what happened to the tennis racquet trophies?”  I loved those trophies along with the jewellery that was also awarded to the winners –  see  THIS  post for more information.  I know from the Solid Gold website, that these tennis racquet trophies are valued at $26,000 each.

These new individual trophies were first commissioned from Solid Gold Jewellers in 2014.  My research has found that these tennis racquet trophies were awarded to Hopman Cup winners where the tournaments finished in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Getting back to the wonderful diamond studded sterling silver balls, made to the real-life size of a tennis ball, the trophies are made of sterling silver, 18 carat yellow gold, and encrusted with over 200 diamonds and are jointly donated by Brinkhaus Jewellers and Argyle Diamonds.

Doris Brinkhaus of Brinkhaus Jewellers says about the prestigious gorgeous diamond encrusted silver balls.

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Winning the Watching of the Rio 2016 Olympics – Channel 7 (Seven) Coverage

This is a guide for watching the broadcasts in Australia but the same principle applies for watching television and the “app” in any Country.

First of all, you may have a Book or a newspaper item or magazine with a general Schedule of events, for example I have a magazine called “Official Australian Olympic Team Guide to the 2016 Olympic Games – what to watch in Rio” which has a very nice 2 page spread (not removable) showing coloured blocks for all days of the Olympics denoting the Events scheduled, separating out the Medal events.

However, you really need a precise guide of the exact scheduled times of the Events to make “head or tail” of watching what you really want to watch on TV or on the Channel 7 App here in Australia.  I learned this the hard way.

I found that if you simply type  Rio Olympics Schedule  ( or Olympic Games Rio 2016 ) into Google you should get the day’s scheduled events pop up, then when you click on the arrow above “All Events” down the bottom, Google kindly shows much detailed information ( but don’t worry – you won’t see any Results ).  See screenshot below.

Google Olympics Schedule15082016

Rio_OlympicsChannelSeven_FeaturedEvents

NOTE:  that Google will kindly show you the  LOCAL  times.  Click on “Overview” to return to the screen above, if you have navigated to one of the other Pages.

If Google isn’t the “search engine” that you use, just type Google into your search field, then click on the resultant link – to go to Google.  You will know you are using Google because their name appears at the top of the Search area.  Make sure that the Date and Time on your mobile device or computer’s clock is correct.

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Hopman Cup 2015 Winners

Tennis Racquet Trophy

We are all Winners when it comes to Perth’s unique annual summer tournament, the Hopman Cup Tennis, consisting of a Women’s Single match, a Men’s Single Match, and a Mixed Doubles, all making up one “tie” or overall match between two different countries.  In my opinion, not only are the players “winners”, but so are the tournament organisers, the audience and sponsors, and anyone interested in tennis!

My sister & I attended the 2015 Final on Saturday, 10th January 2015, at the Perth Arena.  It started at 3.30 pm and finished around 10.00 pm.  This time around we were determined to get Platinum seats, so we saved and we got tickets in Block 210, Row 1.  The Platinum seating are seats at the front near the Baseline and a few blocks right at the front on the Sideline opposite the Chair Umpire, as  the following image for 2015 shows.

Perth Arena seating-plan-2013

Below are the 2015 prices for the tickets.

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Hopman Cup, 4 – 10 Jan. 2015

Hopman Cup 2015 Official ProgrammeFor a Word document with Tables for you to record Group A and
Group B winners, click on the link below.
You can keep the doc & and over-type to record each year’s results.
Hopman Cup Round Robin Results

It’s on again!  The famous Perth Hopman Cup.  We Sandgropers or Western Australians love the Cup, well at least, I do.  This unique tournament with its fantastic, gorgeous prizes, was first held at the Perth Arena in 2012/ 2013 and will be held at the Perth Arena in 2015.  Sometimes the Cup starts in December, hence it crosses two years!  The Hopman Cup tournament first appeared in 1989!

The ticket prices can be seen at  THIS  page of the HC website, and include the cost of public transport to and from the event.  This practically means you can just show your Ticket for up to 3 hours before the Session you are attending, and for up to 3 hours after, and go on the Perth trains or buses for free!!

My partner and I attended the opening day session on Sunday 4th JanOur seats were further back along the sideline opposite where the Chair umpire sits, in Block 306, row L.  We didn’t mind as we were close to the doors and under the shelter of the closed part of the retractable roof ( avoiding bird surprises on our heads – see my other Post on this Blog ).  We watched the match between Canada and the Czech Republic – Eugenie Bouchard & Vasik Pospisil versus Lucie Safarova & Adam Pavlasek.

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