Offence Codes Overview

  In this article you'll learn:

The composition of Offence Codes and how they work within Dribl.

This article is for: Competition Administrators

Offence Codes allow competition administrators to standardise the red and yellow cards that can be issued in response to minor or major infringements during a match, or other offence types that form part of the disciplinary process.

We recommend configuring a baseline of Offence Codes as per the tables below.

Minor Infringements - Yellow Card (Caution) Codes

              Y1
is guilty of unsporting behaviour
              Y2
shows dissent by word or action
              Y3
persistently infringes the Laws of the Game
              Y4
delays the restart of play
              Y5
fails to respect the required distance when play is restarted with a corner kick, free kick or throw in
              Y6
enters or re-enters the field of play without the Referee’s permission
              Y7
deliberately leaves the field of play without the Referee’s permission
  Note: Y1, Y2 & Y4 offences shall also relate to a substitute or substituted player who is cautioned and shown the yellow card.

Serious Infringements - Red Card (Expulsion) Codes

              R1
is guilty of serious foul play
              R2
is guilty of violent conduct
              R3
spits at an opponent or any other person
              R4
denies the opposing team a goal or an obvious goal-scoring opportunity by deliberately handling the ball (this does not apply to a goalkeeper within his penalty area)
              R5
denies an obvious goal-scoring opportunity to an opponent moving towards the player’s goal by an offence punishable by a free kick or a penalty kick
              R6
uses offensive or insulting or abusive language and /or gestures
              R7
receives a second caution in the same match
  Note: A player, substitute or substituted player who has been sent off and shown the red card must leave the vicinity of the field of play and the technical area.

Dribl supports the ability for Offence Codes to be hierarchically classified to provide further granularity if required. Whilst this may provide additional flexibility, creating an exhaustive list of Offence Codes has the potential to introduce additional complexity to the disciplinary process. As such, it is advised to maintain an essential list of Offence Codes.

The table below illustrates the hierarchical classification of Offence Codes.

              R1
is guilty of serious foul play
              R1-A
violent tackle that endangers an opponent
              R1-B(i)
rugby tackle
              R1-B(ii)
violent charging
              R1-B(iii)
over the ball tackle

Dribl also supports the ability to create Offence Codes to cover more than just match day player offences. Additional offence codes can be introduced to enforce Association level sanctions where an incident has taken place away from the field of play by people not directly involved in a match (ie spectators). This is illustrated in the table below.

Generic Association Offence

              GAOC
Generic Association Offence Code.
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