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18 Really Odd Rules In Sports

In soccer, if you score a goal and you take your shirt off when celebrating, you get a yellow card.

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In Canadian football, you get one point for MISSING a field goal as long as it has enough distance to land past the end zone.

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Ultimate frisbee is self-officiating, as in the players call fouls, travels, etc. Then the player they called it on can contest the call or not, leading to a lot of arguments on the field.

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The driver who gets the most mentions on Twitter during a race gets to use extra power (it’s electric Formula racing, so they can do that in software for some amount of time).

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In hockey if you high stick it’s a two minute penalty, but if you make the person bleed it’s an extra two minutes.

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In USAG club Gymnastics, your sports bra and panties must be either nude or the color of your competition leotard, or else you get a couple tenths off your score.

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In Formula 1 drivers cannot substantially change their helmet designs as of this year.

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In Australia, if the grand final game is tied at full time they come back and play it all over again the following week. Overtime isn’t an option.

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Golfers have to sign their scorecard and if there’s a mistake they are disqualified, even though their score is being kept by others for the entire duration of the game.

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In Soccer, if you take off your shoe to throw it and hit the ball, it counts as a handball.

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In chess there is a rule that a woman has lost a game if she has too much cleavage showing. If her opponent claims this happens, there is a jury who will decide whether the woman has too much cleavage showing or not.

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In the NFL, if you fumble the ball in the opponent’s endzone and it goes out-of-bounds, it’s their ball on the 20 yard line. If you fumble the ball on the one yard line and it goes out-of-bounds, it’s still your ball on the one yard line.

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The actual soccer rule book explains, that there may be no tree on the field.

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In hockey, if a player hits the puck and it goes over the glass without touching anything, it’s a two minute penalty. But, if the puck clears the glass after touching the glass, there is no penalty.

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In golf, you can be watching on TV, call in, and point out a rules violation, thereby getting the golfer disqualified.

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In roller derby, if you fall and someone trips over you, you get a low block penalty.

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In water polo, if you block a shot out of bounds, your team gets the ball, the opposite of almost every ball-centric sports.

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Catching the snitch grants 150 points. What’s the point of even trying to score if you get so many points for the snitch?

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