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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to tell my football position which best suits me [on hold]

I want to know which position I will be best suited in soccer match...I am 5.5feet tall and athletic , lean, fast and play football well. Please tell me my position for playing.
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Soccer styles of play [closed]

How many famous football schools of play or styles of play are there? Each team has hiw own style but styles that trascended one team or country to be emulated by serveral teams . Which others besides ...
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Black Crumb Nuisance

Every Sunday I play five a side football at the local 3G pitches. Every Sunday I bring home hundreds if not thousands of the small black bits used to fill the pitch. This in itself is a nightmare, ...
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Training ideas for goalkeeper/wicketkeeper [closed]

I am a goalkeeper and a wicket keeper, and because these are specialist positions they need different drills and equipment to, say, midfielders or bowlers. I have my own drills but I'd like some new ...
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How does the Castrol index works?

I've read some vague explanations of how the Castrol Index works but none of them explain it in details. Does anyone knows how it works in detail?
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Soccer players with over 100 international goals (IFFHS definition)

Who are the soccer players with the most international goals? The international goal definition used is the one from IFFHS (international goals in national team + international goals in club) and not ...
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Who is the soccer player who won the most official international titles?

Who is the soccer player who won more international titles? So far the one I've found with more titles is Cafu with 18 titles, but I don't know if there is someone else. Only counting official titles ...
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Improving weak foot

I'm a able to control and shoot with my right foot. But I'm not at all confident with my left foot. How can I improve my weak foot? By which I mean to improve my weak foot (in my case left foot) ...
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Furthest EURO/World Cup progression without regulation time win?

In 2016, Portugal tied every game in their groups to qualify for the elimination rounds. After that, they won against Croatia and Poland in PKs. Their streak stops there since they won against Wales ...
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What is the name of Pogba's body swerve played on Mustafi?

Yesterday on 7 July 2016 during the match Germany-France for Euro 2016 at minute 72 Pogba has disoriented the defender Mustafi with a body move. I would like to know if this movement has a ...
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Who is awarded the assist when a receiving player deliberately leaves the ball for another player, who scores?

Who is assisting the goal, if a player[1] passes the ball to a teammate[2], who is missing the ball on purpose and is leaving it for a third player, who scores? For example, who is assisting the forth ...
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What if an entire team is suspended for amassing 2 yellow cards each?

Several players will the semifinals because they have amassed 2 yellow cards in the first 5 matches. What would happen if all 23 players had amassed 2 yellow cards? Would the semifinal be a walk over ...
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Do managers select their kick takers after learning which team will shoot first?

From a game theory perspective, I'm trying to find the optimal strategy for selecting penalty kick takers. Anecdotally (and I hope to quantify this relationship later) I've heard that it's always ...
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Largest audience for a sport match?

It was said than one of the last Real Madrid vs Barcelona was watched by 600 millions persons. Audience Real Madrid vs Barcelona FC Is this the largest audience for a sport match or are there F1 or ...
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Players who won at least 2 world cups?

I know of a few players who won at least 2 world cups, Pele, Garrincha, Didi, Vava, Giusseppe Meassa, Daniel Passarella, Ronaldo are there more?
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Penalty shootout with unequal number of players?

A penalty shootout involves a best of 5, with 5 different players (who finished the match) from each team taking shots, alternating. If both teams score the same number of goals, it goes to a sudden ...
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Can a goalkeeper use his/her hands within the opponents penalty area?

The Wikipedia article on goalkeepers states that: The goalkeeper is the only player in the side who may use his or her hands and arms to catch, throw and save the ball, but only within the penalty ...
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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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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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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 FIFA Mexico 1986 World Cup technical report, it is said that up to two players may receive assist points if their passes were decisive to scoring a goal. In most top level leagues, the assist ...
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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 ...