Be Professional, Dear Players!!!

webbThe game of football is not just a game that consists of twenty two players, three referees, goal posts, the pitch and of course, spectators. It’s a game guided by some rules and regulations and punishments for the violation of any of these rules. The Dean’s Cup of the Faculty of Arts starts, as well known, on the 26th of September, 2016 and the games won’t just be played haphazardly without discipline or commitment especially with the kind of officiating history and prestige. AFAS has prestige in the world of football in the University of Ibadan and its environs. The likes of Tope the referee, as reported, could give a yellow card for a mere conversation between two teammates. So, be warned!

To start with, some basic rules of the game, football, pertaining to how it’s used here will be examined alongside their different applications and exceptions. The first touch of the ball at the opening ceremony shall be done by the Dean himself or anybody he vests the responsibility on, maybe the Sub-Dean or anyone else. Once this is done, the matches can then begin. For a single match, there’s going to be ninety minutes, forty five minutes each for each of the first and second half. In the knockout phases, if a match ends in a draw after ninety minutes, there’s going to be the option of straight penalties or extra time as the case may be depending on the decision of the officials. For any ball that passes the lines on either sides of the vertical pitch, a throwing is awarded but if it’s on the horizontal scale, it’s a corner kick or a goal kick depending on the player who has the ball before it goes out. I guess you understand! Any ball that passes the straight line between the two poles of the goalpost is counted a goal. Cases of own goals could be recorded whereby a player puts the ball in his own net. Its “own goal” not “home goal”, dear ladies!

Moving to the aspect of discipline, cards, offside occurrences, cancellation of goals, injuries and fouls generally, we are going to see what a player gets for wounding an opponent and others. Discipline is needed in football and it’s expected from both the players and the coaches. Any act of indiscipline shall be sanctioned by the referees with either a yellow card, a free kick, a penalty or at times, a straight red card which signals the end of the player’s stay on the pitch for the day and subsequent matches. Any foul in the 18m box is awarded with a penalty and possibly a card. A penalty is taken by a player facing only the goalkeeper and placing the ball to his taste. Any goal there is recorded. If a player gets two yellow cards in a single match, he is sent off. An offside is taken if the striker of a team is behind all the defenders of the opposing team, a free kick is awarded for this. Any goal scored by a player when he’s offside won’t count, it would be cancelled instead. A handball is a foul and treated as such with either a free kick or a penalty depending on the place where it occurs, outside the box and inside the box respectively. If the foul is sensed an intentional one by the referee, it would be awarded a card, a red card is possible here. Only the two captains of the teams have the right to talk to the referee on any occasion.

These things are not meant to make you look like a kid or feel like, “what do you mean? I know all these before…”, rather, they are meant to remind you of the need to be disciplined on the pitch of play. If you are awarded a red card, you are not only spoiling your own fun, you are disturbing someone of enjoying his or her game and your teammates are affected too. So, like I’ve said before, discipline matters in any game and it’s required from everyone, be it the players, the spectators and even the coaches because coaches do have cards too. A coach could be sent off for shouting and disturbing the game. Football is meant to entertain and with the necessary level of discipline undertaken, the Dean’s Cup will be an interesting one. Enjoy!!!


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