considerations for Challenges
FIFA’s long list of considerations has been simplified in attempt to have a more consistent application of the Laws of the Game. Overriding all the consideration is the basic concept of Protect the Safety of the Players.
Here are the considerations that you should use when analyzing challenges.
What is the point of contact
Above the ankle
Face vs. body
Speed + Intensity = Force
Lunging vs. standing position
Elbow thrown vs. used for balance
What part of the body does the player use to make the challenge?
Side of the boot vs. leg vs. studs
Forearm vs. elbow
Open hand vs. Fist
What is the position of the body of the player committing the challenge?
Foot on the ground vs. high in the air
Straight leg vs. bent leg
Straight arm vs. elbow
Does the player challenge for the ball or have an opportunity to play the ball?
Late tackle vs No play on the ball
Part of a challenge vs a Secondary action
Towards the ball vs towards the opponent