Questions about the sport of football, also known as soccer, futbol, association football, etc. Not to be confused with "American football" which is contained under the [american-football] tag.

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Was there a golden ball award for the World cup prior 1978?

Many sources (such as RSSSF ) lists the golden ball from the World cup to be awarded first time in 1978 or 1982. However others (such as http://www.topendsports.com/events/worldcupsoccer/golden-ball....
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How often does extra time change the outcome of a game?

I am not an avid fan of football, but whenever I happen to watch a game that goes to extra time, the score doesn't change, and the game has to be decided by a shootout. How often does extra time ...
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How does the coach communicate in multilingual national teams?

It's not uncommon for a team, national or other, to have a coach that doesn't speak the mother tongue of most of the players. In this case, the normal solution is of course to use English as a kind of ...
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Why does the player who scores gets substituted? [on hold]

In football, whenever a player scores he is, more often than not, changed very soon after scoring the goal. Why is that?
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How many assists Maradona made in his national team?

I read many soccer statistics and I'm almost sure there is no currently figure of how many assists Maradona gave playing for Argentina national team but, in the other hand, all Maradona games are ...
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Passing back, am I offside?

I have the ball. My back is to the opponent's goal. My teammate, further from but facing the goal, is running toward me and toward the goal. Rather than turn and shoot, I pass the ball back to my ...
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Any amazing or crazy sports stories to share? [closed]

The one I know is the 1994 Caribbean World Cup qualifying stage. This was back when the Golden Goal rule was in effect. This rule stated that if a team were to score in extra time, that goal would be ...
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What do the referees check when controlling the shoes of football players?

I am currently watching the UEFA EURO 2016 matches and I saw the referees checking the shoes of the players. What are they looking for?
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Would the player be fined after getting convicted for fake injury?

I have come across this gif on Facebook, where the goal-keeper of the opposite team disproves the injury of a player (I'm not sure about what match it was). So, would players who get disproved ...
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How many teams go through from each group in Euro 2016?

I just noticed that there are 6 groups in the current European Championships, which means that - if the top two from each group were to go through - there would only be 12 teams into the last 16, ...
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Why so many differences from player to coaches costs transfer?

Why there is a lot of difference in cost transfert from football players to a coaches? I think in Europe almost all coaches have an agent, so I do not understand why there is so much difference in ...
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Release Clause in European Football

Is there any law regarding the payment of release clause in the January transfer window in European football? Are the clubs allowed to pay the release clause in the January transfer window?
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Football (soccer) mixed teams

Are there statutes governing professional football that prevent either club or national teams from deploying a mixed team of both men and women? Are such teams prohibited at all levels, or only under ...
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Are football players allowed to screen the goalie?

Are football players allowed to screen the goalie? It gives them an edge. I know that in hockey players are allowed to screen but I'm not sure about football.
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Why does the UK has 4 national football (soccer) teams? [duplicate]

Currently there is the UEFA European Championship in football (soccer) taking place and the UK has 3 teams participating: England, Wales and North Ireland. It could have been 4 if Scotland qualified. ...
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Which side will corner be executed, if ball gets outside above the middle of the goal?

So, a defender or goalie kicks the ball outside exactly above the middle of the own goal. How is decided on which side the corner will be executed? Is this a spontaneous decision of the referee? Or ...
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Shortest time between separated yellow card cautions for one player?

In the June 10th Copa America match between USA and Paraguay, USA defender DeAndre Yedlin was cautioned with a yellow card, and then 57 seconds later was cautioned a second time and sent off for ...
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Why did teams score so much during the first editions of the FIFA World Cup?

I just read that the 1962 FIFA World Cup was the first edition of the tournament where the average number of goals per match dropped below 3 (at that point, 32 years had already passed since the first ...
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Why are the same national football teams always the strongest?

I notice that, in football, a small group of national teams (Spain, Argentina, Brazil, Italy, England, France and Germany) have won virtually every international prize and championship with very few ...
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Additional time stats in football

Are there any statistics about the additional time that European referees give at the end of both the first and second half of a football game? I mean for example ,what is the percentage of 1' added ...
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Leagues which count for two assists?

In the Mexico 1986 World Cup technical report by FIFA, it is said that up to two players may receive assist points if their passes were decisive to scoring a goal. I know that in most leagues, the ...
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Was this offside decision from a corner correct?

My son's team recently played in their state cup finals and lost 1-0 to a controversial call. Please take a look at this video and give me your opinion on the corner kick which was called offsides. ...
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Leicester in this season and in the season before

So, in this season, the season 2015/2016, the English Premier League was won by Leicester. The interesting thing is that in the season before, the season 2014/2015, Leicester ended the season in ...
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Why would forfeits in football be scored as 3-0?

Why would forfeits in football be scored as 3-0 to the non-forfeiting team? Is there any reason for this score?
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Can the referee stop play for an injury or any other reason?

I know that traditionally if a player is injured someone will kick the ball out of bounds in order to stop play. My question is whether the referee has any discretion to stop play for an injury or ...
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Regulation grass height?

The grass or turf of a playing field can greatly affect gameplay, as grass affects the spin of the ball, traction / drag, among other things. In FIFA's Laws of the Game booklet, there is little ...
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What teams won Champions League undefeated

With the Champion's League finals coming this weekend, I was wondering if any team has ever won the League or the European Cup without ever losing a game in both the Qualification rounds and ...
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I think I saw something like a “net” outside of a ball while watching a football game, what was that?

I was watching a football game and I think I saw something like a web (or you may call it a net, like fish nets) outside of the ball. It seemed odd, is there a thing like that in football?
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Is a goal scored if the goalkeeper, but not the ball, enters the goal?

Is a goal scored if a goalkeeper holding the ball enters the goal, but keeps the ball out of the goal?
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How is video replay implemented in association football?

It's a little known fact that video replay in football has already begun its entrance into the sport, at least in experimental stages. The NCAA recently approved it, and the MLS was testing it in a ...
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Should this goal have been ruled offside?

Should this goal have been ruled offside? For what it's worth, it was called offside by the referee.
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How many matches will there be at Euro 2016

I'm writing some software for recording stats about football tournaments and I need to know how many matches will there be at Euro 2016. Also what is the largest number of matches that are likely to ...
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What is the greatest number of yellow cards a team has got without a red card?

In the Chelsea vs Spurs Premier League match on 2nd May 2016, Spurs received 9 yellow cards but without getting a red card. What's the greatest number of yellow cards a professional team has ever ...
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Football coaching [closed]

I want to be football coach you know like football manager I want to know what should be my first step. well I don't play football in school or college and I am not that good but I like tactics and ...
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Same president more teams in European cup?

Giampaolo Pozzo is owner of Udinese Calcio in Italy and Granada CF in Spain. What would happen if both teams were to qualify for the same European competition (for example, Europa League) ? In the ...
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What if a player uses his shirt

OK, think about this - A player in the middle of a match flicks the ball up then when its in the air, he stretches his shirt on the bottom for the ball to enter inside his shirt. Now its inside his ...
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What would be the essential things to learn to get good enough to play on a small football team?

Alright. So for a bit of backstory I am 16 and until this point in my life I have been a rugby player in the UK, and honestly a very good one. I truly believe I had a shot at a professional career, ...
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Football offside tag up

I just realized I didn't really have a definitive answer to this subtlety of the offside rule. When a player is in offside position at the time of the pass but not affecting the play, no offside will ...
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What happens if a suspended player is used in match and the referee didn't notice

If a player gets a 2 match suspension and the referee fails to observe that this is the case until half time and his team uses him during the suspension period what penalty do the rules allow for in ...
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Is there a regulation about the shape of the posts of a football goal?

I mostly saw posts of football goals with a circular bases, but sometimes I saw posts (and crossbars) with very square basis. | Is there a regulation about it? It seems to me that the poles with ...
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What material are professional football nets made from?

What material are English Premier League football nets made from? I'm doing some research and am keen to know and better still, who makes nets.
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What does Atletico Madrid do tactically different since Diego Simeone took over?

Atletico Madrid has beaten Barcelona 2-0 recently in the Champions League and they have always posed a serious threat. Other teams have floundered against Barcelona. Apart from utilising Antoine ...
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Are clubs' Champions League Final tickets nominative?

Are the CL Final tickets sold by the clubs (as opposed to those UEFA sells) nominative? Like, do they ask you at the counter for an ID card or a name?
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Is it a foul if no contact is made during an attempted reckless tackle?

If a player in possession narrowly dodges a very reckless and dangerously attempted tackle, but ends up losing the possession, will this still be ruled a foul despite no contact being made? P.S: I ...
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How is the conversion rate calculated in football?

I want to know how the conversion rate is calculated in the Premier League for example. I tried to make a report like shots/goals but it seems it's not the correct one. Any suggestions please ? edit: ...
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Potential damage to boot studs

I recently purchased new football boots, ACE 16.3 Men's Firm Ground, and I want to test them about at a nearby pitch. The fastest (non-automobile) route to the pitch is a 12-minute walk along a ...
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When do teams wear their away jerseys at international level?

When will teams wear their away jerseys during the Euro Championships? Will France always wear their home jersey during the tournament? For commercial purposes will all teams not want to play a ...
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Could an incorrect substitution result in a forfeit?

In a football match, one team said that they would replace player A with player B, but they actually replaced player C instead, and continued to play the game. Is it possible that this would result in ...
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How do I know which direction the players will be lining up to sing the national anthem?

I just bought tickets for the 2016 Copa America Centenario Argentina vs Chile game at the Levi Stadium in Santa Clara California. My question is, how do I know which direction the players will be ...
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How do you practice soccer effectively alone?

I'm 15 and I want to practice soccer. So I searched for training projects and I've found 2 of them. But I don't have any friends at home, only at school. I've tried to go to those projects alone but I ...