In this clip, you will notice the need to be ready and focused from the opening whistle! You will also see the need to draw the line in the sand and have an overall feel for the game.
Here are some considerations to determine the severity of the offense and guide you to making the correct decision:
- Protect the safety of the players;
- Careless/reckless/excessive force;
- Speed/Intensity/Point of contact;
- Challenge for the ball/Possibility to play the ball.
If you believe this is a red card offense, it is very important to discern between Serious Foul Play and Violent Behavior. Violent Behavior (Conduct) is one of the four permissible uses of video review under Rule 5.7, specifically Rule 126.96.36.199. Remember, we strongly recommend notifying both coaches before the match starts if video review equipment is available and will be used, if deemed necessary by the referee.
According to Rule 188.8.131.52, Serious foul play must be against the opponent, between players competing for the ball, committed on the field of play, and a direct free-kick foul.
Rule 184.108.40.206.1 states violent behavior may be against anyone (for instance, opponent, teammate, official or spectator) not competing for the ball and may be on or off the field of play. The ball may be in or out of play.