Tactical foul

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The term "tactical foul" is used in association football to describe fouls which attempt to upset the opposing team's flow of football. Such fouls may be used in the Catenaccio system in football. The most extreme example is a deliberate professional foul, where a player may intentionally take the attacker out of the game by tripping, obstructing progress or pushing, preventing an obvious goal-scoring opportunity. This results in a red card to the player who committed the foul. A red card is given if a tactical foul is made when a goal-scoring opportunity is there, for example handling a shot on the goal line to prevent the ball entering the net. If you are the last defender before the goalkeeper, or the goalkeeper himself, and you commit a tactical foul it usually warrants a red card. Despite the repercussions of tactical fouls, many players commit tactical fouls to allow their teammates to get behind the ball for the subsequent free-kick, greatly reducing the chances of conceding what may be a crucial goal (such as a last minute goal with the score at 1–0).

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