FOULS, MISCONDUCT AND INJURIES

The Laws of the Game regarding what constitutes a cautionable offence will apply during ADG. With the exception of denying an obvious goal-scoring opportunity, as specified in Law 33, laws regarding what constitutes a sending-off offence will also apply. The table below outlines DOGSO sanctions for ADG. Let's examine fouls, misconduct and injuries with the 2006 FIFA World Cup final as a hypothetical example.

Example 1

During the first contest the French defender Sagnol makes a careless tackle on the Italian attacker Del Piero. Despite Del Piero having a clear path towards goal, as per Law 33A defender or goalkeeper who commits an offence which denies an obvious goal-scoring opportunity to an attacker, is not cautioned or sent off unless:

• The offence is holding, pulling or pushing, or there is no attempt to play the ball, in which case the player is cautioned.

• The offending player deliberately handles the ball (except a goalkeeper within their penalty area), in which case the player is sent off.

• The offence is one which is always punishable by a yellow or red card. (e.g. reckless or excessive force challenge)
, Sagnol is not cautioned or sent off. As per Law 21If the defending team commits a foul, the attacker is awarded a penalty kick and the thirty second time period is disregarded for the remainder of the contest., Del Piero receives a penalty kick.

Example 2

During the first contest Sagnol fouls Del Piero. The foul is deemed reckless enough to warrant a yellow card. It's Sagnol's second yellow card, so he is sent off. As per Law 21If the defending team commits a foul, the attacker is awarded a penalty kick and the thirty second time period is disregarded for the remainder of the contest., Del Piero receives a penalty kick. And as per Law 12If a team is unable to field a defender or an eligible substitute, the attacker will compete one-on-one against the goalkeeper., Del Piero will now compete one-on-one against Barthez.

Example 3

During the first contest Sagnol fouls Del Piero with a careless challenge. As per Law 21If the defending team commits a foul, the attacker is awarded a penalty kick and the thirty second time period is disregarded for the remainder of the contest., the attacking team receives a penalty kick. Del Piero is injured and is assisted from the field. As per Law 32Teams receive two additional substitutions and any unused substitutions can also be used., the Italians can replace Del Piero with an additional substitution. The substitute will then take the penalty kick.

Example 4

During the first contest Del Piero strikes a powerful shot towards goal. Sagnol deliberately handles the ball to deny an obvious goal scoring opportunity. As per Law 33A defender or goalkeeper who commits an offence which denies an obvious goal-scoring opportunity to an attacker, is not cautioned or sent off unless:

• The offence is holding, pulling or pushing, or there is no attempt to play the ball, in which case the player is cautioned.

• The offending player deliberately handles the ball (except a goalkeeper within their penalty area), in which case the player is sent off.

• The offence is one which is always punishable by a yellow or red card. (e.g. reckless or excessive force challenge)
, Sagnol is sent off.

Example 5

During the first contest the attacker Del Piero fouls the defender Sagnol. The foul is deemed to be committed with excessive force and Del Piero is sent off. If ADG enters sudden death, then as per Law 9If a team is unable to field their designated attacker or an eligible substitute, the team will forfeit that contest., Italy will forfeit the first sudden death contest because they will be unable to field their designated attacker.

Example 6

During the first contest the French goalkeeper Barthez is injured and has to leave the field. As per Law 32Teams receive two additional substitutions and any unused substitutions can also be used., the French can use an additional substitution to bring on a substitute goalkeeper.

Example 7

During the fifth contest the French goalkeeper Barthez fouls the Italian attacker Pirlo. The foul is deemed to have been committed with excessive force and Barthez is sent off. As per the Laws of the Game, the French can remove an outfield player and bring on a substitute goalkeeper. In the hypothetical example, the French would likely remove the current defender Gallas, and replace him with a substitute goalkeeper.

However, if the French had already used all of their substitutions, then as per Law 26An eligible player may change places with the goalkeeper., they would have to make an on-field player their goalkeeper. Once again, the current defender Gallas would be the likely choice.

Denying an Obvious Goal-Scoring Opportunity Sanction
Careless foul None
Reckess foul Yellow Card
Holding, pulling or pushing, or no attempt to play the ball Yellow Card
Excessive force foul Red Card
Deliberate handball Red Card

"I am happy that we have penalties now, of course.
Everyone is enthusiastic and no one is against it."

Karl Wald
Former German Referee