7 Sending-Off Offenses

There are 7 cautionable offenses and 7 send-off offenses in soccer. Do you know them all? “7+7” is authored by Paul Tamberino, Director of Referee Development, and Alfred Kleinaitis, Manager of Referee Development and Education.

A player, substitute or substituted player is sent off and shown the red card for committing any of the following seven offenses:

  1. Guilty of serious foul play (SFP)
  2. 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)

A substitute or substituted player who commits any violent act should be sent off and shown the red card for Violent Conduct