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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


The Hopman Cup 2013 – Perth Arena

25th Hopman Cup

Photo taken by me on Thursday 3rd January 2013

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perth arena

Photograph by Travis Hayto – Outer Bounds Photography

The Hopman Cup is a mixed tennis competition where male and female players are on combined teams and represent their countries.  Players are invited to attend, national coaches not being involved in selecting teams.

The Hopman Cup consists of eight teams, which are made up of one male and one female player. Teams are split into two groups of four, with each team playing the other three teams in their group. The two teams that finish top in their group play off in the finals.

Each tie consists of a men’s and women’s singles match and a mixed doubles match.  All matches are the best of three sets, except for the mixed doubles. If a mixed match is tied at one set all, a match tiebreak is played to decide the final set.  Play began on 29 December 2012 and ended on 5 January 2013.

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