Infringements/Sanctions

If, while a substitution is being made, a substitute enters the pitch before the player being replaced has completely left it:

  play shall be stopped
  the player being replaced shall be instructed to leave the pitch
  the substitute shall be cautioned, shown the yellow card and ordered to leave the pitch     to complete the substitution procedure
  play shall be restarted with an indirect free kick to the opposing team from the place     where the ball was situated when the game was stopped*

If, while a substitution is being made, a substitute enters the pitch or a player being substituted leaves the pitch from anywhere other than his own team’s substitution zone:

  play shall be stopped
  the offending player shall be shown the yellow card and ordered to leave the pitch to     complete the substitution procedure
  play shall be restarted with an indirect free kick to the opposing team from the place     where the ball was situated when the game was stopped*
Decisions

1 At the start of a match, each team shall have fi ve players.

2 If, in the event of players being sent off, fewer than three players (including the goalkeeper) are left in either of the teams, the match shall be abandoned.

3 A team offi cial may give tactical instructions to players during a match. However, team offi cials shall not obstruct players and referees and shall always behave in an appropriate manner.

 
 
 
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