SLIDE TACKLE RULING
“Slide tackling performed by a player anywhere in the field of play, including the goalie, with intent to remove, displace or gain possession of the ball is not allowed and is a card-able offense”.
There are two components to a slide tackle.
SLIDE - Both feet are not planted (Cleats are not in normal contact with the ground)
TACKLE - the action of removing, displacing, or gaining possession of the ball from another player
If in the referees opinion a slide tackle has occurred the referee will stop play. The offending player will be issued a yellow card for "unsportsmanlike conduct". If the slide tackle infringes on other "Laws of the Game" (reckless, violent, serious foul play etc.) the player may receive a red card.
The restart for a slide tackle will always be a direct free kick. If the infraction takes place in the defenders penalty area a penalty kick will be awarded.
WHAT IS NOT A SLIDE TACKLE
– Sliding to clear a ball or keep a ball in play with no other player close to the sliding player
– In an offensive position sliding to move the ball, including shooting on net (no other player close)
– Lunging forward to block and/or obstruct the movement of the ball, (this means one foot is planted, cleats of this one foot are in a normal position.)
– In a defensive position sliding to block and/or obstruct a pass or a shot taken on net (no other player close)
The referee's judgement on whether a player "is close" must be trusted. Referees are entrusted to insure that all participants in the game remain safe. Safety is a referee's primary obligation.