FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Yellow Card Rules, When Does The Suspension Period End And List

FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Yellow Card Rules, When Does The Suspension Period End And List

With the 2022 FIFA World Cup tournament in Qatar well under way, check out the various yellow card rules in use including number of matches before suspension, list of suspended players, full list of players with yellow cards

Yellow cards may not be as harsh as red cards, but they become a problem when players start accumulating them.

FIFA World Cup 2022 Yellow Card Rules And When Does The Suspension Period End

With the tournament now reaching its final stages, every team will be looking to field its best set of players.

Players will have to avoid picking up too many yellow cards, which could possibly lead them to getting sent off in a match, or cause suspensions form card accumulation.

Number Of Cautions Before Suspension

As per the rules given by FIFA, players who have received two yellow cards at the World Cup will face an automatic one-match suspension.

The offence will continue on for every subsequent two yellow cards irrespective of the reason behind the card.


Players can get yellow cards for a foul, dissent, unsporting conduct, a handball, time wasting, etc.

List Of Players Suspended For Yellow Card Accumulation

Currently, there are altogether nine players at the tournament facing a yellow card suspension.

Nation Player suspended Match suspended
Argentina Marcos Acuna Semifinal vs. CRO (Tues, Dec. 13)
Argentina Gonzalo Montiel Semifinal vs. CRO (Tues, Dec. 13)
Belgium Amadou Onana Group F vs. CRO (Thurs, Dec. 1)
Costa Rica Francisco Calvo Group E vs. GER (Thurs, Dec. 1)
Ecuador Jhegson Sebastian Mendez Group A vs. SEN (Tue, Nov. 29)
Iran Alireza Jahanbakhsh Group B vs. USA (Tue, Nov. 29)
Japan Kou Itakura Rd. of 16 vs. Croatia (Mon, Dec. 5)
Saudi Arabia Abdulelah Al-Malki Group C vs. MEX (Wed, Nov. 30)
Senegal Idrissa Gana Gueye Rd. of 16 vs. England (Sat, Dec. 2)

World Cup Yellow Cards Rules

Although general yellow card rules apply for the tournament, there are some special considerations. Yellow cards received during the group stage and knockout stage will not continue on to the Semi-finals.


This will mean that semifinal participants have a lower chance of missing the final game due to yellow card accumulation. Only players who receive a red card directly or via two yellows, will miss the final.

Moreover, suspensions that players haven’t served during the 2022 World Cup carry over to the player’s next official FIFA-sanctioned match.

List Of Yellow Cards At World Cup 2022

So far, by the end of the first two quarterfinals there have been a total of 219 caution cards shown. Despite the FIFA rules stating the clearing all yellow cards after the quarter finals, Argentina will sadly have two important players missing for their upcoming semifinal clash against Croatia.

Gonzalo Montiel and Marcus Acuna both ended up picking their second yellow cards in the quarterfinals match. Interestingly, England are the only side to have avoided picking up a single yellow card in any of their matches.


Given below are the full list of players who have received yellow cards going ahead into the tournament:

Nation Player Yellow Cards
Argentina Marcos Acuna 2
Argentina Lisandro Martinez 1
Argentina Lionel Messi 1
Argentina Gonzalo Montiel 2
Argentina Nicolas Otamendi 1
Argentina Leandro Paredes 1
Argentina German Pezzella 1
Argentina Cristian Romero 1
Croatia Borna Barisic 1
Croatia Marcelo Brozovic 1
Croatia Mateo Kovacic 1
Croatia Dejan Lovren 1
Croatia Luka Modric 1
Croatia Bruno Petkovic 1
France Jules Kounde 1
France Aurelien Tchouameni 1
Morocco Sofyan Amrabat 1
Morocco Abdelhamid Sabiri 1
Morocco Romain Saiss 1
Portugal Ruben Dias 1
Portugal Joao Felix 1
Portugal Bruno Fernandes 1
Portugal Ruben Neves 1
Portugal Danilo Pereira 1

As per the rules, Argentinian and Croatian players who received a yellow card will be zeroed out.

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