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Each day this week Football West will bring you a video incident from the NPL WA and ask you to0 make your call. Is it:

  • No Card

  • Yellow Card

  • Red Card

The correct answer will be posted the following day.

Video No.1

Correct decision: Yellow Card.

The challenge is made in a reckless manner and the player acts with disregard to the danger to, or consequences for, the opponent.

Considerations for a reckless challenge include the point of contact (top of the opponent’s foot) and the moderate (but not excessive) degree of speed/intensity of the challenge. The referee is in an excellent position to judge this correctly.

Video No.2

Correct decision: Red Card.

The challenge is made with excessive force and endangers the safety of the opponent. Considerations for excessive force include the point of contact (high on the leg/shin) and the use of studs.

Note that player intent is not considered because the opponent’s safety has been endangered irrespective of the player’s intent.

Video No.3

Correct decision: Yellow Card.

The referee has a number of things to consider here, including the possibility of a challenge made with excessive force and the denial of an obvious goalscoring opportunity.

Firstly, the late challenge from the goalkeeper is reckless (yellow card) and is made with disregard to the danger to, or consequences for, the opponent, however the opponent’s safety is not endangered and excessive force has not been used. Considerations for a reckless challenge include the low point of contact on the opponent and the direction of the goalkeeper’s feet (down towards the ground). A yellow card is the correct outcome for the physical severity of the challenge however the referee must then consider the possibility of a red card for denying an obvious goal-scoring opportunity.

The considerations for the distance from goal, the likelihood of keeping control of the ball and the location and number of defenders are all met, however the attacker’s touch has taken him slightly away from goal (towards the corner flag) and therefore creates doubt due to the general direction of play, so the offence has not denied an obvious goal-scoring opportunity.

The referee allowed an appropriate amount of time to consider all of the above and did not rush the decision which resulted in the correct outcome.

Video No.4

Correct decision: Red card.

The challenge is made with excessive force and endangers the safety of the opponent.

Considerations for excessive force include the high point of contact on the leg/shin and the use of studs. Endangering the safety of an opponent is always sanctioned with a red card irrespective of player intent (eg challenging for the ball).

The referee is in the expected position for this phase of play and is unfortunate not to have an angle on the challenge, without which the point of contact is not visible and a yellow card is issued.

Video No.5