Does the 10-minute temporary dismissal ‘blue card’ apply to the goalkeeper?

Does the 10-minute temporary dismissal ‘blue card’ apply to the goalkeeper?

‘Goalkeeper dilemma’ expected if the original plan is maintained… Field players need to wear gloves for a while

If the ‘blue card’, which involves a 10-minute temporary expulsion penalty, is introduced as originally planned, the agony of soccer coaches over the goalkeeper position is expected to deepen.

According to the British daily Telegraph on the 12th (local time), it was found that the current regulations of the Blue Card, which has recently been at the center of controversy in the soccer world, do not have separate provisions for goalkeepers.

The Blue Card is a new soccer system promoted by the International Football Association Board (IFAB), which sets the rules of the game.

Players who receive this card can stay in the ‘sin-bin’ (temporary exit area) for 10 minutes and then return to the game.

Just like the yellow card, if you receive 2 blue cards, you must leave the ground. The same applies if you receive one yellow card and one blue card.

If this rule applies equally to goalkeepers, the head coach has no choice but to choose one of two options during the 10 minutes that the goalkeeper leaves.

First, there is a plan to put goalkeeper gloves on existing field players and have them guard the goal.

Otherwise, there is no choice but to use the reserve goalkeeper on the bench as a replacement. In this case, when the starting goalkeeper returns 10 minutes later, one of the two goalkeepers must be replaced with a field player.

Of course, if there are no replacement cards left, the second option is impossible.

If the blue card is introduced in this way, situations where attackers, defenders, etc. cry and wear goalkeeper gloves to eat mustard will occur more often than before.

In professional soccer, when replacement cards are exhausted and the goalkeeper is sent off, there are sometimes scenes where a player from a different position takes over as goalkeeper.

Last October, French national team striker Olivier Giroud (AC Milan) also guarded the goal in place of goalkeeper Mike Maignan, who was sent off in extra time in the second half of the away game against Genoa in the 8th round of the Italian professional soccer Serie A.

Giroud, who secured a 1-0 victory amid Genoa’s last-minute offensive, was selected as the best goalkeeper of the round.

The blue card was designed to reduce excessive protests to referees or ‘strategic fouls’ that intentionally block scoring opportunities.

In fact, there is an analysis that this system was effective to a certain extent in youth soccer, where it was pilot operated.

The England Football Association (FA) issued a blue card when there were excessive protests against decisions in youth soccer in the 2018-2019 season, and announced that decision protests in 31 youth academy leagues had decreased by 38%.

In particular, it is said that there is a strong awareness of so-called ‘strategic fouls’ within IFAB.

According to the Guardian, at the IFAB annual meeting last November, Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini’s foul in the final of the 2020 European Football Championship (Euro 2020) was mentioned as a representative example of a problem.

Chiellini suddenly accelerated in the second half of extra time when the score was 1-1, and pulled the uniform of Bukayo Saka (England), who was trying to penetrate into the space behind the defense.

If it had been breached at this time, there was a high possibility of conceding a goal. Chiellini received a yellow card, and it was only at the last minute that the two teams ended with a 1-1 score in overtime. Italy won 3-2 in a penalty shootout.

However, regardless of this purpose, opposition from the field is strong.

Leaders of the English professional football Premier League (EPL), including Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool), Anzhi Postekoglou (Tottenham), and Eddie Howe (Newcastle), publicly expressed negative opinions.

Alexander Ceferin, president of the European Football Association (UEFA), also strongly opposed the introduction of the blue card, saying in an interview with The Telegraph, “The game where the blue card was introduced is no longer soccer.”

Facing strong public criticism, IFAB postponed the announcement of the Blue Card pilot operation plan scheduled for the 9th.

The reason for the postponement was not disclosed, but local media such as the Guardian believe that IFAB was unable to overcome the backlash and took a step back.

Even if the Blue Card is finally introduced, it is unlikely to be expanded to the professional level immediately.

In relation to this, FIFA issued a statement saying, “It is premature to discuss a blue card at the elite level,” and added, “If a new system is to be introduced on a pilot basis, it must be tested in an appropriate manner starting from the lower leagues.”


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