Football Rules You Probably Didn’t Know

The most popular sport in the world, Football, is a game with a wide set of rules. These rules are necessary and changes and additions were made with time for the betterment of the game. There are some which are complicated for a normal sports fan to understand like the Offside rule or some rules which are not very common and unheard of by the fans. Here we talk about such football rules which you have probably never knew existed. These are a set of rules that you usually do not encounter within a regular football game. Let’s get started:


  1. If you score a goal but the ball goes flat on the way to the goal, the goal doesn’t count. The reason for this very unlikely scenario is that the ball must be of proper condition at all times. 
  2. Yellow card for an illegal celebration remains even if the goal is disallowed. This rule was in the 2019-20 season due to the addition of VAR in football. 
  3. You can be sent off before the match even starts. If you are acting like a fool during warm-up, the referee has the complete authority to send you off before the game is even kicked-off.
  4. The number of players allowed to take penalty kicks in shootout must be equal for both teams. To put it simply if a player from team A has been sent off during the game, team B has to exclude a player if the match goes to penalty shootouts. This happened for example in the 2006 World Cup Finals. 
  5. You can’t score an own goal from a free-kick or a throw-in. In fact, you cannot score an own goal directly without the ball touching another player from any kind of play that restarts the game. 
  6. In penalty situation, the goalkeeper must not be touching the goalpost, crossbar or the net and they must not be moving while the kick is being taken. 


Here are few quite strange rules you most probably have never heard of.

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