Soccer Rules and Laws of the Game

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Soccer Rules are meant to be broken. Wait no that's not it. If you're not cheatin' you're not tryin'. Something like that.

Whatever it may be the man with the magic whistle rules supreme.

Below are listed a set of 17 Laws of the Game as introduced by FIFA. These are the basis of which the game is based on and how order is to be restored on the field during a match.

Above are all the written soccer rules of the game as decided by FIFA and other governing bodies. But what about the unwritten rules? Every sport has one or two that every player knows but aren't talked about, so what are the ones in soccer? All the unwritten rules that you won't find in any fifa law book.

If you want to brush up on some of the rules of the game, or if you're currently ticked off and dripping in sweat after rushing back from a game a ref just stole from you. First, shower. Second, find all of your answers right here.

Obviously knowing all soccer rules both laws of the game and the unwritten rules are important. Understanding the laws of the game shows you are a student of the game and following the unwritten ones shows your respect for your opponents and the game as a whole.

From the Official FIFA Website complete: FIFA Laws of the Game

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The Official Site for Laws of the Game

Law 1: The Field of Play
Law 2: The Ball
Law 3: The Number of Players
Law 4: The Players Equipment
Law 5: The Referee
Law 6: The Assistant Referees
Law 7: The Duration of the Match
Law 8: The Start and Restart of Play
Law 9: The Ball In and Out of Play
Law 10: The Method of Scoring
Law 11: Offside
Law 12: Fouls and Misconduct
Law 13: Free Kicks
Law 14: The Penalty Kick
Law 15: The Throw In
Law 16: The Goal Kick
Law 17: The Corner Kick
Procedures to Determine the Winner of a Match
The Technical Area
The Fourth Official
Rules of the International Football Association Board

...........Still wanna be a ref? me neither.

The Unwritten Soccer Rules of the Game

Putting the Ball Out of Play

For those of you familiar with them all I don't need to explain to you what happens on the field but for those who aren't sure let me refresh you on some of the unwritten soccer rules that exist. You may see from time to time the play stopping, and one team gives the ball on purpose back to the other team. Why do they do this? and how did it get to that? Well in the run of play if a player goes down injured and he/she is clearly injured and the ref has not blown their whistle to stop play the athletic therapist can't come on the field until play is whistled dead. So in that case if a player from one team is down injured and the other team has possession they may choose to kick the ball out of bounds on purpose allowing the player to get treatment. This is known as FIFA Fair Play or just good sportsmanship on behalf of the team that kicked the ball out. So by rule it is now the other teams ball, so because the team kicked it out on purpose so that the other teams player could get treatment the team then gives the ball to the other team almost thanking them for doing it. Really sounds more complicated then it really is, but now if you see it on tv you will understand what is happening.

Goal Celebrations

Easily the most creative celebrations in all of sports. But when is too much? To be honest it is rare to find a team celebrate in an offensive manner after scoring a goal, but it does happen and refs can step in and caution a player for excessive celebrations.

An easy yellow is if a player takes off their shirt after scoring among other things such as over doing it in any ways the ref decides.

Now one no no is giving the finger and verbal and non verbal actions towards the opposing coach. This can really get under a players skin and catching a yellow card might be the least of their worries if they stay on the pitch and go into a tackle.

Their is no dumber sending off then a player that has received a yellow card earlier in the match then receives his second for an excessive goal celebration and is out of the game for it. The referee has no choice but to send the player off as it is one of many clearly stated soccer rules.

Blow Out

Another unwritten rule is either running up the score or doing unsportsmanlike like acts if leading big at the end of the game.

For example, lets say your team is up 5-0 with a few minutes to play, running up the score, stopping and doing tricks like juggling the ball and other similar acts are frowned upon even if not considered illegal. There's no need for it and your team can gain a poor image and lose the respect of other teams.

Helping a Player Up

With all of the 50/50's, challenges in the air and two foot challenges, players will find themselves on the ground sometimes with players draped over them. What's the classy thing to do? Give your hand out to help a player up. You won't find it in the soccer rules manual but it's something we all know we should do.

Generally this is done if the ball goes out of bounds and getting up isn't vital to the outcome of the play. If you've found yourself near or on an opponent and the ball has been hit out of play the unwritten rule in football is to help them up. If the play is still going on, don't think you'll be so lucky.

Trash Talking

Although talking smack is a part of every sport and will never be eliminated their are lines you just don't cross no matter how heated or intense a game might get.

Known as descent (talking back to a referee or opponent) a ref can control the amount of lip smacking going on in a match but he/she can't hear or see it all.

So what's the unwritten rule here? No racist or religious comments allowed. I'd love to say no family or mother slurs but we all know it happens. Soccer rules are in place to prevent this but it's impossible to stop it all.

Getting your opponent off their game is one thing but comments that cross lines are another, and if your not careful, you'll catch something much more painful then a yellow card.

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