A ‘revolution’ is happening in football: The orange card is coming, it will be given by the fourth referee


The board of the International Football Association (IFAB) has confirmed that, in addition to red and yellow cards, orange cards, which bring temporary suspensions, will soon come to football.

Specifically, the idea of ​​suspending players for tactical offenses and misconduct was discussed and supported by this association at its annual business meeting in London.

This was confirmed by the president of the FIFA Referees Committee, Pierluigi Collina, who is part of the IFAB technical commission and said that the proposed topics will also be included at the professional level.

This rule change and its testing will be recommended in March at the IFAB assembly in Glasgow and, according to information from the decision-makers, it will most likely be approved.


Otherwise, an orange card would mean a suspension of a few minutes, maybe ten, after which the penalized player would return to the field.

Interestingly, the orange card would not be given by the on-field referee, but on the fourth official’s electronic scoreboard.

According to media reports in England, testing of the new rules could begin in the Premier League from the start of the 2024/2025 season.