Referee Caution and Send-Off Codes


Y1        Unsporting behaviour

Y2        Dissent by word or action

Y3        Persistent offences (no specific number or pattern of offences constitutes “persistent”)

Y4        Delaying the restart of play

Y5        Failing to respect the required distance when play is restarted with a dropped ball, corner kick, free kick, or throw-in

Y6        Entering, re-entering or deliberately leaving the field of play without the referee’s permission


R1        Serious foul play

R2        Violent conduct

R3        Biting or spitting at someone

R4        Denying the opposing team a goal or an obvious goal-scoring opportunity by a handball offence (except a goalkeeper within their penalty area)

R5        Denying a goal or an obvious goal-scoring opportunity to an opponent whose overall movement is towards the offender’s goal by an offence punishable by a free kick

R6        Using offensive, insulting, or abusive language and/or actions

R7        Receiving a second caution in the same match

R8        Offence against a Match Official

R9        Offence by a Team Official