Must Know Rules for Football Lovers

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Offside Rule

A player is in an offside position if they are nearer to the opponent's goal line than both the ball and the second-last opponent when the ball is played to them, unless they are in their own half or level with the second-last opponent.

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Fouls and Free Kicks

Fouls are penalized with free kicks, which are awarded to the opposing team at the spot where the foul occurred. If the foul occurs within the penalty area, a penalty kick is awarded.

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Yellow and Red Cards

Referees use yellow cards to caution players for misconduct and red cards to send players off the field for serious offenses. A player receiving two yellow cards in a single game is shown a red card and ejected.

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Throw-ins

When the ball goes out of play over the touchline, the opposing team is awarded a throw-in. The player must use both hands to throw the ball from behind their head while keeping both feet on the ground.

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Corner Kicks

If the defending team is the last to touch the ball before it crosses their own goal line, the attacking team is awarded a corner kick. The ball is placed in the corner arc and kicked into play.

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Goal Kicks

When the attacking team is the last to touch the ball before it crosses the goal line, the defending team is awarded a goal kick. The ball is placed in the goal area and kicked into play.

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Penalty Kicks

Penalty kicks are awarded for fouls committed within the penalty area. The ball is placed on the penalty spot, and the attacking player takes a direct shot at the goal with only the goalkeeper to beat.

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Substitutions

Each team is allowed a specified number of substitutions per game to replace players. Substitutions can only be made during stoppages in play with the referee's permission.

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Advantage Rule

The referee may choose to apply the advantage rule when a foul occurs but allows play to continue if the non-offending team stands to benefit. If no advantage is gained, the referee may go back and award a free kick.

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Handball Rule

Handling the ball deliberately is prohibited, except for the goalkeeper within their own penalty area. Accidental handball may be penalized depending on the circumstances.

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Injury Time

Injury time, also known as stoppage time, is added to the end of each half to compensate for time lost due to injuries, substitutions, and other stoppages.

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Golden Goal and Silver Goal (Deprecated)

Golden Goal and Silver Goal (Deprecated)

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