The decision on whether or not to call any foul rests with the referee. The referee in rendering his decision will judge the players intent only for handling the ball. Any of the direct kick fouls occurring within the penalty area by a defending player will result in a penalty kick.
A sliding tackle is a legal tackle in which one or both feet slide in an attempt to tackle the ball that is within playing distance of an opponent. However, any tackle, which endangers the safety of an opponent, must be sanctioned as serious foul play. Key elements that the referee looks for in determining whether a tackle was fair or not include the following; did the defending player strike the ball first or the opponent? Was the ball deflected or “trapped by the defender? Was the defender’s timing late so that the ball had already been played before the defender’s body contacted the offensive player? The referee is always the sole judge of the fairness of a sliding tackle. Sliding tackles are not permitted in Coed, Coed Over 30, Women, Men’s Over 40 and Men’s Over 50 age Divisions.
A player is cautioned and shown the yellow card for committing any of the following seven offenses
(mandatory cautions are shown in bold print):
1. is guilty of unsporting behavior (UB)
(The following actions are examples only and are not a complete list.)
a. Commits a direct free kick foul in a reckless manner (for example, charging, pushing, tripping)
b. Commits a direct free kick foul in a reckless manner while tackling for the ball from any direction (including any slide tackle foul in Recreation, Coed, Coed Over 30, Women’s, or Men’s Over 40 and Men’s Over 50 divisions)
c. Commits a tactical foul designed to interfere with or impede an opposing team’s attacking play (e.g., pushing an opponent, blatantly holding an opponent or an opponent's uniform, handling the ball deliberately)
d. Handles the ball deliberately to score a goal
e. Commits an act which, in the opinion of the referee, shows a lack of respect for the game (e.g., aggressive attitude, inflammatory behavior, or taunting)
f. Fakes an injury or exaggerates the seriousness of an injury
g. Fakes a foul (dives) or exaggerates the severity of a foul
h. Interferes with or prevents the goalkeeper from releasing the ball from the hands into play
i. Verbally distracts an opponent during play or at a restart
j. Unfairly distracts or impedes an opponent performing a throw-in
k. Changes jerseys with the goalkeeper during play or without the referee's permission (both players must be cautioned)
l. Engages in trickery to circumvent the goalkeeper's limitation on handling the ball played from a teammate's foot (the defender who initiates the "trickery" is cautioned, the decision does not require that the goalkeeper actually handles the ball, and the misconduct can occur during dynamic play or at a restart)
m. Makes unauthorized marks on the field.
n. Removes the jersey after scoring a goal
2. shows dissent by word or action (DT)
a. Verbally or through action disputes or shows contempt for an official’s decision
b. If playing as a goalkeeper, leaves the penalty area (not beckoned by the referee) to engage an official in debate regarding a decision
3. persistently infringes the Laws of the Game (PI)
a. Repeatedly fouls or participates in a pattern of fouls directed at an opponent
b. Violates Law 14 again, having previously been warned
c. If playing as goalkeeper, wastes time, having previously been warned or penalized for this behavior
4. delays the restart of play (DR)
a. Kicks or throws the ball away or holds the ball to prevent a free kick restart by an opponent
b. Kicks or throws the ball away or holds the ball to prevent a throw-in or corner kick by an opponent
c. Fails to restart play after being instructed to do so by the referee or hinders the restart of play
d. Excessively celebrates a goal
e. Fails to return to the field upon conclusion of the midgame break, fails to perform a kick-off when signaled to do so by the referee, or fails to be in a correct position for a kick-off
5. fails to respect the required distance when play is restarted with a corner kick or free kick (FRD)
a. Does not retire at least ten yards away from an opponent’s free kick
b. Does not retire at least ten yards away from an opponent’s corner kick
6. enters or re-enters the field of play without the referee’s permission (E)
a. Having previously been substituted (unless the rules of competition allow such return)
b. After having previously been instructed to leave the field to correct equipment
c. After having previously been given permission by the referee to leave the field due to an injury
d. After having previously been instructed to leave the field due to bleeding or blood on the uniform
e. As a substitute, without having received a signal to do so by the referee
7. deliberately leaves the field of play without the referee’s permission (L)
a. To place an opponent in an apparent offside position
b. Other than through the normal course of play
The actions listed above assist in defining the scope of the basis for a caution and can provide a useful guide in identifying the specific behavior which the Laws of the Game consider unacceptable. It is critical, however, for Referees to distinguish between those relatively few actions for which a caution is mandated by the Laws of the Game and the remaining actions for which a caution is discretionary.
A player is sent off and shown the red card for committing any of the following seven offenses:
1. is guilty of serious foul play (SFP)
2. is guilty of violent conduct (VC)
3. spits at an opponent or any other person (S)
4. denies the opposing team a goal or an obvious goal-scoring opportunity by deliberately handling the ball (this does not apply to the goalkeeper within his or her own penalty area) (DGH)
5. denies an obvious goal-scoring opportunity to an opponent moving towards the player’s goal by an offense punishable by a free kick or a penalty kick (DGF)
6. uses offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures (AL)
7. receives a second caution in the same match (2CT)
Any player, coach, bench personnel or spectators Sent Off must leave the playing field vicinity and may not interfere or interact in any way with the players for the rest of the game.
Coaches, bench personnel or spectators sent off are not actually shown a card. However, the referee is within his authority to ask these persons to leave in an effort to control the match. If the person sent off was a FIELD player at the time of the incident, then his team cannot replace him on the field (Substitution for the player sent off is not allowed). If the player was part of the bench at the time of the incident, then his team will not be required to play short.
A player or coach who is Sent Off is disqualified from the rest of the current match, and at a minimum the next scheduled match. If the incident is particularly serious in nature, the TASL Discipline and Appeal committee may extend the disqualification period.
Any person found guilty of actions of unnecessary violence will be disqualified for a period of one year plus other remedies that the TASL Discipline and Appeals committee, TASL Board, NCASA, or NCSRA deems appropriate.
The team is responsible for the behavior of spectators who support his team. If, after a referee warning, the team will not or cannot control the spectator, the referee may Send Off the team captain, spectator, and/or terminate the match, as provided in Law V.
Should the Sending Off be the result of infractions such as insulting the referee, threatening the referee, attempting or making obscene gestures, or making damaging or insulting remarks concerning other players, spectators or referees, the individual may, in addition to the above disqualification, be suspended pending further review of the TASL Discipline and Appeals committee.
Physical Violence, whether between players or aimed at officials or coaches, will not be tolerated. Any person engaging in any incident of this kind will be required to appear in person before the TASL Discipline and Appeal committee, which has discretionary power to determine what further penalty should be imposed.
Any appeal of a decision made by the TASL Discipline and Appeals committee may be directed to the TASL Board, in writing, within guidelines of the TASL Bylaws or the NCASA Discipline and Appeals committee.