According to the Premier League rules:

  • An accumulation of 5 yellow cards results in a one match suspension.
  • An accumulation of 10 yellow cards results in a two match suspension.
  • An accumulation of 15 yellow cards results in a three match suspension.
  • If a player reaches a total of 20 yellow cards for the season he/she is required to attend a special hearing at the FA to discuss their on-field behaviour.

However, there is a concept of cut-off dates for yellow cards.

  • The five yellow card count is “reset” on 31st December. It means a player receiving their fifth yellow card of the season on January 1 or later will not receive a ban.
  • The ten yellow card count is “reset” on second Sunday in April. It means a player receiving their eleventh yellow card of the season after the second Sunday of April will not receive any ban.

Q. What if a player accumulates 10 yellows before the second Sunday in April cut-off, will he receive a one game ban or two?

Ans. It will be a two game ban.

As a result of the cut-off rules, it is theoretically possible to get 14 yellow cards in a season without suspension.

Teams are fined by the Football Association if the team has 6 or more players cautioned or dismissed during a single match.

Note: These rules apply to English league cup as well. So any yellow received in the League cup will be included in this count. And vice-versa, any upcoming suspension will apply to the League cup matches as well.