World Cup 2022 yellow card rule: How many warnings before suspension at FIFA tournament in Qatar?

The FIFA World Cup is the most prestigious football tournament in the world and takes place every four years.

With the stakes so high and margins so low at the World Cup, having the best players available on the field makes a world of difference for teams looking to achieve important results.

That means players will be looking for AvoI would collect too many yellow cards (also known as cautions or cautions), as absorbing cautions not only risks getting sent off in a game, but also suspended for accumulation of yellow card (picking up several warnings).

At the 2022 FIFA World Cup there will be yellow cards for those who collect too many bookings. As FIFA tries to discourage players from committing yellow card violations, here are the rules for collecting yellow cards at the Qatar tournament.

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How many yellow cards before suspension at the World Cup?

A player can absorb two yellow cards at the FIFA World Cup before Triggering an automatic ban for a game for collecting yellow cards in accordance with FIFA regulations for the 2022 tournament.

This retriggers any further two yellow cards, meaning a player who picks up four yellow cards would be banned from playing another game again.

It doesn’t matter what the yellow card is drawn for, just that a player deserves a yellow card. It could be illegal, unsportsmanlike conduct, dissent, a waste of time, a handball or anything else that would earn a yellow card.

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World Cup Yellow Card Rules

Accumulation of yellow cards is carried over from the group stage to the knockout stagesmeaning any yellow cards picked up in the group stage will count for collection purposes while they compete in the round of 16 and quarterfinals.

However, The count resets after the quarterfinals and the board is wiped cleanmeaning that no semi-finalist would risk missing the final due to a yellow card accumulation.

Just one red card in the semifinals, either straight or via two yellow cards, would result in a player being banned for the final.

Finally, any suspension that cannot be served during the 2022 World Cup will be carried over to that team’s next official FIFA-sanctioned match.

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Most yellow cards at the 2022 World Cup

At the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, the players will try to fight hard for international glory and sometimes yellow cards can inevitably result.

The Sporting News will be tracking yellow cards at the 2022 World Cup to determine which players are at risk of triggering a suspension for yellow card accumulation if they receive a second one.

player nation yellow cards
Ecuador Moses Caicedo 1
Ecuador Jhegson Mendez 1
Iran Alireza Jahanbachsh 1
Iran Morteza Pouraliganji 1
Netherlands Mathijs de Ligt 1
Qatar Akram Afif 1
Qatar Almoez Ali 1
Qatar Saad Alsheeb 1
Qatar Karim Boudiaf 1
Senegal Idrissa Gana Gueye 1
Senegal Nampalys Mendy 1
United States of America Sergino goal 1
United States of America Weston McKennie 1
Wales Gareth Bale 1
Wales Chris Mepham 1

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World Cup yellow card statistics since 1998

The FIFA World Cup introduced yellow and red cards in the 1970 tournament.

That World Cup with the most yellow cards was the 2006 World Cup in Germanyin which 373 cards were dealt, including 345 yellow and 28 red, both World Cup records.

Curiously, the 2006 FIFA World Cup was the only time a player received three yellow cards in a World Cup match. A second yellow card should usually automatically trigger a red card and the player should be sent off the field. However, referee Graham Poll mistakenly forgot to send off Croatia’s Josip Simunic after receiving a second yellow card, allowing him to remain on the field. Simunic didn’t let Poll make a mistake, picking up a third yellow card just three minutes later and earning his deserved red.

This 2006 World Cup also saw an infamous round of 16 match between the Netherlands and Portugal known as the ‘Battle of Nuremberg’. The game was officiated by Russian official Valentin Ivanov and there were 16 yellow cards and four red cards, including nine yellow cards from the Netherlands. All these numbers are World Cup records.

That most yellow cards ever issued in a FIFA World Cup Final were a whopping 14 handed out by referee Howard Webb at the 2010 World Cup final in Johannesburg, where Spain beat the Netherlands 1-0. Nine went to the Netherlands, including two to John Heitinga, while five were picked up by Spain. The second highest was six in the 1986 World Cup final between West Germany and Argentina.

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Players with the most yellow cards in World Cup history

Argentina Javier Mascherano has the unwelcome title of being the player with the most yellow cards in the World Cup in the history of the competition. He earned his seventh and final booking in his last World Cup match, booked when Argentina lost 4-3 to France at the 2018 World Cup.

The numbers below only include yellow cards and no red cards.

player nation yellow cards
Javier Mascherano Argentina 7
cafu Brazil 6
Lothar Matthäus Germany 6
Rafa Marquez Mexico 5
Rigobert song Cameroon 5
Diego Maradona Argentina 4
Michael Ballack Germany 4
Jürgen Klinsmann Germany 4
Zinedine Zidane France 4
Tim Cahill Australia 4

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Teams with the most yellow cards in World Cup history

Germany collected the most cards and the most yellow cardsin FIFA World Cup history, with cards issued for unsportsmanlike conduct since 1970.

Argentina and Brazil are second and third, with the Netherlands fourth.

nation cards overall yellow cards
Germany 129 122
Argentina 122 112
Brazil 109 98
Netherlands 101 94
Italy 99 91
Mexico 76 70
Spain 65 64
Uruguay 70 61
South Korea 63 61
France 63 57
England 54 51


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