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Penalty conversion rates: Football (soccer) vs Hockey

What's the conversion rate of penalties in football vs. ice-hockey? I realise that it would be different/dependent on the league but any two major leagues of comparable level would be interesting. For ...
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Why has the MLS begun to draw more high caliber European players?

With the arrival of more and more high caliber players to the MLS who have played in European leagues, the most recent being Steven Gerrard and David Villa, it seems that the MLS is finally becoming ...
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Question about Beating defenders!

So I have put countless hours into learning lots of tricks to beat defenders, I am very good on my feet, fast, good touch, but whenever I get 1 on 1 with a defender I freeze up and don't know what to ...
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Brannock Device US Size to Nike/Adidas Football Boot US Size [closed]

If I measured as a US size 7 on the Brannock Device, which US size should I pick in an Adidas boot or a Nike boot?
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Who owns a player that is on loan?

Does a club still own a player when they loan him to different club? For example, I know Chelsea loaned Fernando Torres to AC Milan, where he was disastrous and now is loaned to Athletico Madrid. So ...
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Golden Ball vs Golden Boot in FIFA World Cup

What is the difference between the Golden Ball and the Golden Boot awarded in the FIFA World Cup?
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Can retrospective action still be taken for violent conduct even if the player is subsequently sent off for an unrelated offense?

In the Premier League (I don't know about other leagues), retrospective action can be taken against a player if they commit a 'violent conduct' offense which is missed by the on field officials. As ...
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Highest Points to finish Runner-Up in Champions League Group? Lowest points to win Champions League Group?

Theoretically, you could finish second even with 15 points. And win the group with just 5 points. But, in reality what are the records? Is it Arsenal (with 13 points) this season and Monaco (with 11 ...
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Quick free kick prevented by opponent

I was recently playing football in a recreational league, when a teammate was fouled. The referee awarded us a direct free kick, and seeing that the opponents were choosing to argue with the referee ...
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Consequences if an official interferes with play?

I've seen this happen quite a few times in the 2014 FIFA World Cup - the referee accidentally trips or bumps into a player but nothing is called. An example of this is US vs Belgium. The referee ...
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Was there a famous player in Real Madrid history that wore jersey number 26? [closed]

I search a lot for Real player that wore number 26 jersey, Was there a famous player in Real Madrid history that wore jersey number 26?
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As a new player, what football (soccer) skills can I improve exceptionally quickly to be a better team player?

I have recently joined a soccer (football) team at work playing as a right-back. I have very low experience in playing although I am an avid fan of watching. With limited time to practice, What ...
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How Does the 2005 Offside Rule Amendment by FIFA Stretch the Game?

Here are a couple of reference for the background on the topic http://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2010/apr/13/the-question-why-is-offside-law-genius and the book ''Inverting the Pyramid'' Chapter ...
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Are probes such as the Fifa World Cup corruption probe common place in other sports?

The recent ruling passed by the judge, Hans Joachim-Eckhart chose to ignore the recommendations provided by Michael Garcia (Garcia, an American lawyer, spent two years trying to compile the report), ...
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What happens if a goalkeeper catches the ball whilst their body/legs are still in the box, but the ball is just out of the box?

I have always wondered this. Is a goalkeeper handball determined by where the ball actually is, or where the goalkeepers body is positioned at the point of contact?
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Simultaneous Fouls

In a football match, if two players, each from a different team, commits fouls simultaneously, how should the free kick/penalty be awarded? It could be that at a corner kick, one defender A1 pushes ...
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Does a Barclays Premier League team play its first 19 fixtures of a season against 19 different clubs?

Does the Premier League have a concept of 'cycles'? In the first 'cycle' every team plays the other 19 teams once. In the second 'cycle', the fixture venues are reversed. (although the fixture order ...
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Can you become a goalkeeper if you are only 5 ft 5 inch

I am 17. I used to play baseball in my school club but now I wanna change my sport and join a football club to become a goalkeeper.
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Are suspensions for red cards, yellow cards carried between junior and senior UEFA competitions?

If I understand the rules correctly, whenever a player receives red card, he is suspended for the next match. The same is true for 3 yellow cards. See, for example, here. I would like to know what ...
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Position of the Defense in Soccer Offside

Trying to learn the Offside rule. From what I gather Offside is when an offensive player gets behind the defense and takes a pass from another player. So, why doesn't the defense just stop around ...
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Pre intense soccer game preparation strategies

I have an intense soccer game coming on this Sunday, it's now Monday in my time and I have around 6 days to prepare for the game. A couple of things about my current situation which I need your advice ...
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Why do female footballers play a higher number of international matches compared to a male footballer?

I see female footballers who have played over 300 international games and several who have more than 200 caps. A sample of the top scorers in women's football: Player, Caps Abby Wambach, 228 Mia ...
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Is it OK to cut a player from a rec level football (soccer) team?

I coach a U10 boys recreational soccer team. In my area, we generally have more players wanting to play than coaches available to field teams. That said, some degree of turnover on a team seems to ...
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UEFA Champions League fixture with the most goals ever

Tonight, too many goals were scored. In four games six or more goals were scored. 21 goals had been scored only in the first half of just 8 games. And there are another 8 games tomorrow. In every ...
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In which countries do football club's second teams play in the main league system?

I know in Spain Real Madrid Castilla, Real Madrid's second team, play in the same league system as the first team. Are there other countries in which the same situation occurs, and if so which ones?
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Why can't corner flags be less than 1.5 Meters?

How come in football corner flags can't be smaller than 1.5 Meters high? Is there a safety hazard?
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Shoes and shirts after football matches?

What is the destination of the football players' shoes and shirt after each official match? After the matches it is easy to view players exchanges eachother the shirts. Does they use a new shirts ...
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Can a player stand within the goal net (off the field) to avoid offside?

I remember a situation when I was offside when I played football in school. My college said that I could stay off the field (within the goal net) to avoid being offside during a free kick. Is it ...
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What criteria determines which team makes the national college football championship playoffs?

With the inaugural year of the college playoffs, what criteria/criterion determines who makes the national championship playoff? Also, does it make a difference if you win your conference, etc. I ...
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Which players won both FIFA U-20 World Cup and FIFA World Cup?

Which players won both FIFA U-20 World Cup (until 2005 known as the FIFA World Youth Championship) and FIFA World Cup? This would show players who excelled both in the young age and in their later ...
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How does FIFA shortlist the final 23 players for Ballon d'OR?

On what basis does FIFA select the 23 player shortlist for Ballon d'OR? Like what kind of attributes they consider
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Why does F.C. Hapoel Tel Aviv play in Europe

Why does F.C. Hapoel Tel Aviv play in UEFA Europa League since Israel is not in Europe?
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What happens to the footballs used throughout a tournament?

I was thinking what happens to the balls used during a tournament. Lets say the 2014 FIFA world cup. What happens to all the Brazuca balls used throughout the tournament? Where and in what ways are ...
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Offside when the ball was last played by the defending team

In football; after an attack on goal, the goalkeeper gains possession. An attacking player quietly remains behind the goalkeeper in hopes to be forgotten. The goalkeeper drops the ball to feet in ...
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Which soccer players have more goals than games at the club level?

Are there some football players who have better average than 1 goal per game in their club career? Or if we restrict only to one competition, not the whole career? Or to one season of a competition? ...
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If a mole digs a hole in the football field

I saw a weird dream that in a football, a mole dug a big hole just under the penalty spot and none could kick the penalty, as the ball would fell under the ground. Does football rules says anything ...
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Who is the best striker (best goals/appearances ratio) with 25/50/100+ national caps?

Zlatan Ibrahimovic recently had his 50 goals milestone (also a national record for Sweden) prior to with 100 appearance for the team. With 50 goals in 100 games he's averaging a goal in every second ...
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How can I recognize what formation a soccer/association football team is in?

When watching soccer on TV I often hear the commentators say stuff like, "They've come out in a 3-5-2, not their usual 4-4-2 in the hopes of ..." or "they've got so-and-so acting as 'false 9' today." ...
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Which football club started the tradition of announcing player's name 3 times when they score a goal

As you have probably seen that many teams(Bayern Munchen, Napoli) have the player's name announced 3 times by the announcer, when they score a goal. I want to know where/when this tradition started.
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After signing a player, how soon can he play for his new team?

In football, how soon after signing a player may he play for his new squad? Liverpool are in the middle of signing Mario Balotelli from Milan in the Italian Serie A. It is reported, that if the deal ...
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What makes financial fair play fair?

My understanding of the financial fair play rule from UEFA is that clubs can't spend more money then they take in from ticket sales, sponsorships, media deals, etc. The goal being to prevent a super ...
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How does the Financial Fair Play rule work

When it comes to the transfer window, what is the Financial fair play rule? How does it impact the spending limit for the clubs?
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Why there is a match for third place in football but not in cricket? [closed]

Why there is a match to decide third place between the losing semi-finalists in football, but not in cricket?
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Have two teams ever played each other twice in the same world cup?

In FIFA World Cup 2014, if the United States and Germany had both advanced to the final, then they would have played each other twice. Of course, this didn't happen. But has it ever happened, that in ...
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How does Champions League work? [closed]

Thanks to an answer to a previous question, I now have a better understanding of the BPL. But now I am trying to figure out the Champions League. What is the criteria for getting into it? How is the ...
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Where should the play restart from an offside?

I got my referee license yesterday, and am wondering where the restart should be for an offside offense? One instructor told me the second to last defender, while another told me where the attacker ...
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Is it true that Brazil made 1 billion dollars from the world cup?

I've heard that Brazil invested 11 billion dollars to prepare for the world cup and have made less than 1 billion. Is it true? If so, does it mean that they lost 10 billion dollars? And if that's ...
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Has there been any punishment for taunting opponents in a top division football game?

Inspired by this question, I am wondering if there has been a game where a player or team was punished for taunting the opponents (or the fans) with unsporting behaviour, i.e. scoring in an ...
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Are you allowed to score a goal off the ground with your head to showboat?

An attacker beats the defensive line and then goes around the keeper on the edge of the penalty area, leaving them well behind. The attacker continues dribbling the ball towards their opponents' goal. ...
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Free kick wall position

I see this a lot of time. Let's observe the defender. Some of the defender puts both of their hand of their genital (understandable), but there's also someone who put one of their hand in their ...