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Laws of the Game

WAWSL operates according to the FIFA Laws of the Game, except where otherwise noted in the WAWSL Constitution and By-Laws

For your reference, we list below:

 


 

Summary of Law 12 - Fouls and Misconducts
 

Fouls and misconduct are penalized as follows:

Direct Free Kick
   A direct free kick is awarded to the opposing team if a player commits any of the following six offences in a manner considered by the referee to be careless, reckless or using excessive force:

    * kicks or attempts to kick an opponent
    * trips or attempts to trip an opponent
    * jumps at an opponent
    * charges an opponent
    * strikes or attempts to strike an opponent
    * pushes an opponent

A direct free kick is also awarded to the opposing team if a player
commits any of the following four offences:

    * tackles an opponent to gain possession of the ball, making contact with the opponent before touching the ball
    * holds an opponent
    * spits at an opponent
    * handles the ball deliberately (except for the goalkeeper within his own penalty area).

Penalty Kick

    * A penalty kick is awarded if any of the above ten offences is committed by a player inside his own penalty area, irrespective of the position of the ball, provided it is in play.

Indirect Free Kick
   An indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team if a goalkeeper, inside his own penalty area, commits any of the following four offences:

    * takes more than six seconds while controlling the ball with his hands before releasing it from his possession
    * touches the ball again with his hands after it has been released from his possession and has not touched any other player
    * touches the ball with his hands after it has been deliberately kicked to him by a team-mate
    * touches the ball with his hands after he has received it directly from a throw-in taken by a team-mate.

An indirect free kick is also awarded to the opposing team if a player, in the opinion of the referee:

    * plays in a dangerous manner
    * impedes the progress of an opponent
    * prevents the goalkeeper from releasing the ball from his hands;
    * commits any other offence, not previously mentioned in Law 12, for which play is stopped to caution or dismiss a player.



Cautionable Offenses (Yellow Card)
  • Unsporting Behavior
  • Dissent
  • Persistent Infringement
  • Delays the Restart of Play
  • Failure to Respect Distance on Free Kick
  • Enters the Field without Ref’s Permission
  • Leaves Field without Ref’s Permission
     

 


 


Sending-Off Offenses (Red Card)

  • Serious Foul Play
  • Violent Conduct
  • Spits at Opponent/Another Person
  • Denies a Goalscoring Opportunity by Deliberately Handling Ball
  • Denies a Goalscoring Opportunity through a Foul
  • Offensive/Abusive Language or Gestures
  • Receives a Second Caution in the Same Match

 


 

Related WAWSL By-Laws

WAWSL By-laws, Article X, Section 2.
If a player is ejected twice within one season, their team will be penalized 1 standings point. In addition, each time that the coach or team fan gets ejected, their team will be penalized 1 standings point.

WAWSL By-laws, Article XII, Section 1.
A player or coach that receives a red card is automatically suspended for the following scheduled and actually played League game. After the Board receives the referee's report, an additional disciplinary action may be imposed depending upon the gravity of the misconduct. A player accumulating three yellow cards in the same season is automatically suspended for the following scheduled and actually played League game. The offending player's team representative is required to report the red or yellow card to the Division Director within 48 hours of the game. If the red card is not reported, the team forfeits the game that the card was issued in, and also forfeits the next League game. If the yellow card is not reported, the offending player is not allowed to play in the next League game.

Cards MUST be reported to your division director within 48 hours.


Summary of Law 11 - Offsides

Offside Position
   It is not an offence in itself to be in an offside position. A player is in an offside position if:

    * he is nearer to his opponents’ goal line than both the ball and the second last opponent.

A player is not in an offside position if

    * he is in his own half of the field of play or
    * he is level with the second last opponent or
    * he is level with the last two opponents.

Offence
   A player in an offside position is only penalised if, at the moment the ball touches or is played by one of his team, he is, in the opinion of the referee, involved in active play by:

    * interfering with play or
    * interfering with an opponent or
    * gaining an advantage by being in that position.

No Offence
   There is no offside offence if a player receives the ball directly from:

    * a goal kick or
    * a throw-in or
    * a corner kick

Infringements/Sanctions

    * For any offside offence, the referee awards an indirect free kick to the opposing team to be taken from the place where the infringement occurred.