Would you like to see white cards used in all football matches?


1st February 2023

WE’VE all seen plenty of red and yellow cards being handed out on the football pitch, but what about white ones?

A referee in Portugal has used a white card for the first time, during a women’s cup match between Benfica and Sporting Lisbon.

Whereas yellow and red cards are used to warn or punish team members for bad behaviour, a white card is used to reward good deeds. In this case, the card was given to the teams’ medical staff rather than a player. A fan watching the game was taken ill, and staff from both teams rushed to help them. Referee Catarina Campos gave the historic white card to acknowledge the quick actions of the medics.

The cup match was important for two reasons. As well as the first white card, it saw a record attendance for a women’s football match in Portugal. The previous record was 14,221 but 15,032 fans showed up to watch the game, which Benfica won 5-0.

Right now, white cards are only used in Portugal, as part of an idea to encourage teams to act in a fair manner during games. We’ll have to wait to see if white cards get picked up by other countries.

Would you like to see white cards used in all football matches?


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mrrickroll · 1 year ago

I think this is a great move, but it might be nice if there was a physical reward! Like a goal being added?

potterwolf · 1 year ago

Whenever someone scores a goal they would then hold up a white card. And whenever someone has hand balled, penalty, etc it will be another card. There’s no point in cards whenever these events happen because there are people commentating.

star2.com · 1 year ago

Yes, because it is good to see players getting rewarded rather than only being told off.

uniquestar · 1 year ago

It is a great idea as it finds the positive in all matches despite the scores. Can you imagine what it would be like if players would be known for their good deeds over their red and yellow card behavior?

splashy10 · 1 year ago

It would be really good if they could use white cards in all football matches because the cards in football are always negative but they can be positive.

aces10 · 1 year ago

Games like football shouldn’t just be about who is the best at the game. They should also be about sportsmanship. I think adding white cards would encourage players to have a better attitude and respect the opposition more. It would also add a positive thing for doing something especially good, rather than just having yellow and red for bad things.

amh11 · 1 year ago

Yes so people can be recognized for good things

laxviji@gm · 1 year ago

It will have a better impact on football matches and encourage people to be kind

tiger.star · 1 year ago

Yes it would be nice

max1234 · 12 months ago

To be honest, I’m not interested in football that much BUT for those footie fans yes because we always need a teeny weeny bit more of kindness in our world.

austinj · 12 months ago

Yes, because it would be lovely to see people getting praised and respected for the good things that they’ve done. Subsequently, it would encourage people to be helpful and kind by seeing that person as a role model.

enderman10 · 11 months ago

YES! YES! YES! As a massive football I would like to say great idea Portugal. I’d like to see this in all football games (expect for the Americans because they call it soccer which is BARBARIC 😉)

mimi365 · 10 months ago

I would like to see white cards added in matches .