LAWS OF THE GAME – substitutions

17 Jan

Some friends and i were watching the Mallorca – Real Madrid football match last Saturday night. It was 1-1 when Mallorca made their first substitution. The player being substituted was walking off the field when one of my friends said:

“He should be booked for time wasting. He must run off the field. It’s in the rules.”

Actually, this is not the case according to the FIFA Laws Of The Game.

In Law 3 there is no mention that the player is obligated to run when being substituted. Law 12 allows the referee to book a player being substituted if he is considered to be delaying the restart of the game while leaving.

It is left to the referee’s discretion to decide what constitutes delaying tactics of a player who is leaving the field of play as a result of a substitution.

Law 12, FOULS AND MISCONDUCT (Cautionable offences):

A player is cautioned and shown the yellow card if he commits any of the
following seven offences:

  • unsporting behaviour
  • dissent by word or action
  • persistent infringement of the Laws of the Game
  • delaying the restart of play
  • failure to respect the required distance when play is restarted with a corner
    kick, free kick or throw-in
  • entering or re-entering the field of play without the referee’s permission
  • deliberately leaving the field of play without the referee’s permission

Law 3, THE NUMBER OF PLAYERS (Substitution procedure):

To replace a player with a substitute, the following conditions must be

  • the referee must be informed before any proposed substitution is made
  • the substitute only enters the field of play after the player being replaced
    has left and after receiving a signal from the referee
  • the substitute only enters the field of play at the halfway line and during a
    stoppage in the match
  • the substitution is completed when a substitute enters the field of play
    from that moment, the substitute becomes a player and the player he has
    replaced becomes a substituted player
  • the substituted player takes no further part in the match
  • all substitutes are subject to the authority and jurisdiction of the referee,
    whether called upon to play or not:
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