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Soccer Rules: Learn about Defensive Fouls

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Learn the defensive fouls in this video so that you know how to avoid them, and potentially dangerous play

This is a video for players, coaches and referees alike.

Benjamin Tordjmann

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In this video, you will learn about the different kinds of defensive fouls

A defensive foul is a defensive tackle which is considered to be a foul by the referee.

they either contravene the rules of play or are considered to endanger the opponent.

There are currently 6 punishable fouls in football.

First of all, it is an offence to kick an opponent.

A good example of this is when a player comes into contact with the opponent's foot instead of the ball during a tackle.

Secondly, it is an offence to push a player who is in possession of the ball.

Thirdly, it is an offence to pull an opponent's jersey.

Number Four: it is an offence to obstruct a player, more specifically, to impede the progress of the opponent without attempting to play the ball.

Number Five: it is an offence to play in a manner which would put the opponent at risk, in other words, in a manner which risks injury to the opponent.

An example would be, if you complete a sliding tackle, even if you manage to make contact with the ball, you can be penalised if the tackle is deemed dangerous.

This is also the case if you tackle a player from behind as the player will not be able to anticipate your foot coming in.

It is also an offence to raise your foot too high if you are close to an opponent.

Finally, it is an offence to deliberately touch the ball with your hand or arm.

It is up to the referee to determine whether the contact was deliberate or accidental.

To avoid an adverse decision, you are advised to keep your arms by your sides at all times.

Now you know about defensive fouls in football!

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