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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What is the FIFA rule for two teams which played in the same group?

Is there any rule that prohibits two teams that advance from the same group playing against each other before the final?
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soccer foot selection for shooting

How does one determine the proper foot to use when taking a shot on goal in soccer? For this question assume the player is equally skilled with both the left and right foot. I'm assuming position on ...
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When are the English football competitions' schedules published?

This October, I will be visiting the Rugby World Cup and I would like to combine that with visiting other sports events. For sure, I want to visit one, but probably more, football matches. So, I ...
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Why do football teams reveal injuries?

This is specific to league play in Europe (England, France, Germany, Spain). Why do coaches reveal to the media in a pre-match conference which of their players are injured and unlikely to play? I've ...
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Is tackling with both legs illegal?

According to the Wikipedia article on tackling, tackling with both legs is illegal. However, this tackle by Sol Campbell is clearly made with both legs, and it didn't appear to be called nor appealed ...
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How long can a goalkeeper wait for opponent to come get the ball?

On soccer it is common to see winning teams wasting time. Goalies have their own techniques to run out the clock. A situation that intrigues me is when a goalkeeper is allowed to get the ball but ...
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Where to find “distance covered” by player in a Champions League match?

year ago there was a similar thread How to find "distance covered" for players during the World Cup? I wonder whether there are similiar stats for Champions league matches (actually for ...
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When can part of a match be replayed?

In the recent U19 Women's match between England and Norway, the referee made a mistake in not allowing a penalty in added-time to be retaken after a player encroached. This is a clear misapplication ...
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How to become a football referee?

I've recently been ruled out of football because of injury problems (though I am still fit and able to run, just need to avoid contact sports) but still want to get involved, which got me thinking - ...
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What is the different tactics between sending the ball to near post and back post in football corner kick?

In football, some teams always send the ball to near post when they got a corner kick and they fail to score. I wonder why don't they try back post, or short corner kick.
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Is Barcelona the most popular club in USA?

I saw an article: The Ten Most Popular Club Jerseys In US in 2014/15. I wonder if Barcelona is the the most popular club in USA? I would have thought it was Real Madrid?
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Awarding the match ball to the hat-trick scorer

When/where did the tradition of awarding the match ball to the hat-trick scorer originate?
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Away goals rules in soccer

I have a question about the away/home goals. In soccer, I lost a game away 2 - 0. I won the game at home 3 - 1. Did I win ? Thanks.
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Minimum points to guarantee qualification where top two qualify

Related to this question, what is the minimum points required to guarantee qualification for Euro 2016 in a five or six team group? In a four team group with home and away games and the top two ...
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In the Cricket and Soccer/Non-American Football World Cup, why do the players lead children during the beginning? [duplicate]

The title says it all, really. In the world cups for different sports, the player lead children on the field. Why?
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What happens in a penalty shoot out if the ball goes outside the area, then into the goal?

If in a penalty shoot out the ball hits the goalpost and lobs outside the penalty area and then returns back into the goal without touching any player, will it be considered a goal or not? Please ...
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How can older players play for a U-21 team in England

This question may apply to other leagues in other places, but recently I saw an article about Radamel Falcao playing for the Manchester United U-21 team and Rafael doing the same thing. Both players ...
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How much of a skill difference is there in penalty taking/defending between professionals and everyone else

People often talk about penalty kicks in soccer/football as if they were a guessing game, where the keeper tries to guess to what part of goal the the penalty-taker is going to kick the ball before ...
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Can a goalie handle a headed pass which that player kicked up to himself?

It is illegal for the keeper to pick up the ball if a player on his team kicked the ball to him. On the other hand, he can pick it up if the player headed the ball to him instead. Combining these ...
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Are players allowed to pass a penalty?

I saw a video of Johann Cruyff passing a penalty, isn't that against the rules?
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Chance of Scoring a Free Kick

Free kicks are probably the hardest plays to score unless you have Messi or some other famous guy. The percentage/chance of scoring is quite unclear to me. It seems to change every single second. What ...
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Do teams announce their exact formations before a match?

Before football matches they usually show the formations of both teams, including who plays where, on TV. As far as I am aware, according to the rules teams only have to provide the names and shirt ...
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UEFA Champions League Goal Line Officials

I am unsure if they are called the 5th and 6th officials, the goal line officials or something else but I am referring to the uniformed officials that stand on the goal line during the UEFA Champions ...
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Can a foul be overriden before it is taken?

Consider the following situation: a player for Team A is ruled offside (or, if you prefer, commits a foul on a Team B player). Before the ensuing indirect free kick can be taken, one of the players of ...
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Is premier league tv rights money divided among all 20 teams equally?

Premier League just signed a massive 3 year GBP 5.136 billion deal. Does the amount divided among the 20 premier league clubs equally ? or the teams who finish higher in the table get more money than ...
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What is a league duck?

http://www.theguardian.com/football/2015/feb/10/liverpool-tottenham-hotspur-premier-league-match-report Liverpool’s Mario Balotelli breaks league duck to sink Tottenham Liverpool's Mario ...
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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 ...