The term “tactical foul” is a footballing term used to define a foul that is deliberately committed to temper the flow of the opposition’s move.

This is a strategy used by teams to regain control of the situation. Teams who cannot compete with their opponents fairly often resort to tactical fouls so that they can limit the damage.

The most extreme example of a tactical foul is the “professional foul” which is used when a player intentionally commits a foul on an opponent to prevent an obvious goal-scoring opportunity.

Players committing tactical fouls usually see a yellow card. On some occasions, the offending player might even be dished out a red card.