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What color shoes can USSF referee's wear?

It states in the 2014 ATR: 5.1 Officiating Team Uniforms .... Black shoes are preferred but referees can wear any color shoes so long as they are appropriate to perform the duties required ...
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Can two teams from the same league be drawn in the same champions league group?

I was sure the answer to my question is "No", but I can't seem to find any concrete resources to confirm it either way. Is it possible for two teams from the same domestic league to be drawn to play ...
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Why India and China are performing poor in International football? [on hold]

Modified: Why India and China are so poor in International football ? Reasons behind my Question: Both countries have vast population. Teams will definitely get sponsors and support. China is good ...
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Who was the first manager to get expelled from a match in the history of football?

Who was the first manager to get expelled from a match in the history of football? (first event that was recorded and reported) a recent example :Jose-Mourinho
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What are the powers of referee in a football match?

What are the powers and duties of a referee in a football match(defined in the football laws)?
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Theoretically, what is the maximum number of times any two English Premier League teams can play each other in a single season?

Assuming that the two teams are eligible for every available competition, and including every scenario (such as cup replays, etc.), what would be the maximum number of times that two teams from the ...
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Is it always an indirect free after after misconduct by a player?

According to the USSF's 'Advice to Referees', section 12.25: 12.25 RESTARTS FOR MISCONDUCT a. Offenses on the field of play If play is stopped solely to deal with misconduct committed on ...
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How many times in EPL did a title deciding final game of the season take place between two title chasing teams?

Referring only to the Premier League era (since 1992), how many times did it occur that two title challengers faced each other in the last game of the season to decide the fate of the trophy (i.e. ...
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Can you buy a ticket from the home side but sit in the away section?

I would like to watch a game between a local club where I am currently attending university and the club I support. Can I buy a match ticket from the home side but sit in the away section and support ...
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Are there some major cup competitions not using away goals rule?

Away goals rule is often used in cups competitions and knock-out stages competition. It is applicable for two-legged ties, i.e. when the teams play one game home and one game away. If the two teams ...
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Clubs with more international than domestic titles

In the years between its victories in the 1993 European Supercup and the 2001-02 Coppa Italia, the club formerly known as Parma A.C. had the rare distinction of having more European titles than ...
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Soccer conditioning at older age to prevent injury?

I played soccer from grade school through high school, but am now 31 years old and haven't played since then, nor been very active at all. Recently I decided to join an indoor soccer team and was ...
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Legislation on professional underage athletes

Given that Real Madrid and Atlético de Madrid have just been punished for irregular signings of underage players (just as Barcelona was not so long ago), I was wondering what kind of restrictions ...
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1 yellow, 1 red & 1 yellow card

If a player receives a yellow card in a game, then a red card in another game (serves a 1 match suspension) then receives another yellow card in a later match. Does he have serve a suspension for the ...
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Differences between referees and assistant referees

Some questions about referees and assistant referees: I assume there's a difference in knowledge / experience between these, correct? I.e. it's not just rolling a dice to decide which one is a ...
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Interchangeability of referees and assistant referees

Some questions about interchangeability of referees and assistant referees: Are referees exclusively referees and assistant referees exclusively assistant referees? Can assistant referees officiate ...
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How can footballers head or hit the ball so high?

In football(soccer), we often see defenders heading the ball almost 25-30 yards, and seemingly light touches taking the ball very high. It's also said that the football is very light and hence is ...
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What type of gas(if it is not air) is a soccer ball (football) filled with?

In any Fifa world cup or UEFA/Barclays premier league professional soccer match, what type of air a soccer ball filled with. Are there any regulation on type of air filled in a soccer ball ?
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Why does FIFA have so much authority over the entire sport of football?

With respect to all of the recent headlines regarding FIFA, Sepp Blatter, and corruption, there are several aspects that don't make sense to me. For instance: Why does FIFA have the power to ...
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Foul after a goal

What if, in soccer, right after the attacking team scores a goal, the defending team makes a foul? Say, it was a corner, and the ball already crossed the line, and then a defending player ...
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American Buying AC Milan Tickets [closed]

I'm traveling to Milan in April and noticed that AC Milan is playing Carpi during the time I am there. The official AC Milan website does not have any tickets available ...
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In soccer, which player had the longest dribble then a miss goal? [closed]

In soccer, which player had the longest solo dribble, passed the keeper, then missed the goal?
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Is pitch tampering legal?

I have seen a video where the goalkeeper have tampered the pitch so that the striker slips while attempting the penalty strike. (I don't recall the game, but it's from the German leagues). The ...
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What is the six yard box for in soccer?

What is the six yard box in soccer for? Does it for anything at all, and if not why is it even here in the first place?
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Soccer Goal Uncertanty by Referee

If a referee isn't sure about a goal, the teams are arguing, and there is no goal-line technology, what should the referee do?
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Can a player receive two yellow cards if advantage is played?

If a football player A fouls player B in a manner such that they will receive a yellow card, but the referee plays the advantage rule, and subsequently player A fouls another player, can the referee ...
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Who has the authorization to remove a coach in Football?

Through many football season I have seen (Premier League), the manager has been usually removed by the club boss. But sometimes I have seen that the club board has been responsible. So I want to ...
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Is there a place to get timing stats for historic games? [closed]

I am specifically interested in how much stoppage time was added to each half of a football game, for the major leagues, usually the first division in each country. An example list can be found here: ...
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How teams are ranked if they are equals in points in UCL groups

Extract from Uefa rules: http://www.uefa.org/MultimediaFiles/Download/Regulations/uefaorg/Regulations/02/23/57/51/2235751_DOWNLOAD.pdf If two or more teams are equal on points on completion of the ...
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What options does a player have if the club carries out the threat of 'Rot in reserves'?

If a player is under contract, and is obviously the first choice player for the team, but is forced to play in reserves due to conflict with the management, what options does he have to get out of the ...
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What managers write while their team is playing

I always wonder what football (club) managers write on their notepad while their team is playing. In today's games we are presented with all sort of statistics of both individual and team performances ...
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Fouling a teammate in football: what is the correct referee decision?

I have just seen this snippet of the recent Argentina-Colombia match in which James (Colombia #10) deliberately pushes his own teammate Torres (Colombia #16) to get to the ball. ...
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Question regarding distance covered in soccer [duplicate]

How is the total distance travelled by a player found out at the end of a football match
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(Association) football fields that are approximately square

According to Wikipedia, an association football pitch "…is rectangular in shape. The longer sides are called touchlines. The other opposing sides are called the goal lines. The two goal lines must ...
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Does this count as an assist?

I passed the ball to the forward, who was then one on one with the goalkeeper. The forward shoots on first touch and hits the post. The ball rebounds, and with no one else touching the ball, the ...
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How are (soccer) captains selected?

I've watched a lot of BPL matches lately, and I've realized how awkwardly the captains are chosen. The captains usually don't have many top qualities, or assist their team much (based on their ...
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Head to head - what to do if both teams lost

Normally a football match can end with these results: Victory for home team Victory for away team Draw But... If a judge issues a resolution, he can decide to assign that both teams lost the ...
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Offside call off of defender

I was watching a soccer game and saw a player on the attacking team take a shot at the goal. It was blocked by a defender and ricocheted towards another attacking player who was in an offside ...
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Can a Goalkeeper Handle, Drop, and Dribble From Their Box?

Interesting situation happened in a U10 game yesterday where the goalie scooped a week cross from the opponent and everyone ran back to midfield. Upon seeing this, the goalie dropped the ball in his ...
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Which is the most popular game in Australia? [closed]

Which is the most popular football code in Australia both in terms of number of active players, and spectator attendance?
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Highest point deficit overcome in EPL to win the league?

Which team in EPL history has overcome the highest point deficit(at equal or more games played than teams at 1st position) to win the league (and what was the deficit)? The deficit could be at any ...
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What will happen if a corner flag blocks the football rolling out of bounds?

Does it count as out of bounds? Or does the match just continue?
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Do Asians perform less well in football just because of the body condition? [closed]

Currently, Asian football players are rare in some top league over the world, in World Cup Asian teams are also rare to have good result, is it just because of the natural body condition? Or just ...
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Can a player be sent off while still on the substitute bench?

Can a referee caution or send off a substitute or substituted player?
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Football: Can player enter twice?

In an official football match, if a player has been substituted, can that player enter in the match again (the trainer must use another substitution)?
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What are the main factors to predict which team is going to win a soccer match?

I'm building a logistic regression model to predict which team is going to win a soccer match. I'm looking for ideas to broaden the number of predictor variables. I need before as well as after match ...
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Does first or second place matter in Euro 2016 Qualification?

When qualifying for the Euro 2016 competition, the first 2 placed teams of a qualification group automatically qualify. Does the place in the group have any impact to the tournament draw or seeding? ...
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Can a woman feature in EPL?

I know this may be a silly question but I couldn't help asking out of curiosity. We know that there is a separate league for women's football in England, but say if there is a female who is really ...
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Player looses boot after tackle

We had an incident during a recent game where a player was tackled causing him to loose his boot. The referee deemed the tackle fair and failed to award a free kick. Our player indicated to the ...
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Half time duration

I have read through the FIFA laws of the game and can see that the half time interval says: Half-time interval Players are entitled to an interval at half-time. The half-time interval must not exceed ...