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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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 with a clean sheet?

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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I am looking for italian soccer websites [closed]

Does anyone knows italian football websites like http://ultimouomo.com/ which have better outlook and superb articles?
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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 ...
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Why are Gabon playing in the African Cup of Nations 2017 qualifiers when they're hosts and how will group I work?

I recently saw Sierra Leone beat Gabon in the qualifying competition for the African Cup of Nations 2017. Gabon and Sierra Leone are in qualifying group I. But Gabon are the hosts of AfCON 2017, so ...
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Does a goal kick have to be specifically be from the edge of the goal area or can it just be anywhere inside the area?

Does a goal kick have to be specifically be from the edge of the goal area, or can it just be anywhere inside the area? I've seen goalies taking them from somewhat inside the area, so I wondered if ...
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Why wasn't Frantisek Fadrhonc the coach of Netherlands during 1974 FIFA World Cup?

I read that someone called Frantisek Fadrhonc was the Netherlands coach from 1970 to 1974 but, for some reason, he was replaced by Rinus Michels 4 weeks before the 1974 World Cup. I couldn't find any ...
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What is the original inspiration for the use of the blue card in the “Clericus Cup” football association?

The Clericus Cup is a football association of Roman Colleges and seminaries in and around Rome. This new "league" was stated in 2007 with the encouragement of the Vatican and Cardinal Bertone in ...
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What happens if a player loses a shoe during a football match?

Sometimes it happens that a football player loses the shoe during the match. Does he have to stop playing or he can continue to play assuming the risk of injury? Also, is it possible to score a goal ...
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Is Copa America Centenario taken seriously by South American national teams? [closed]

This summer, with the Copa America Centenario will be celebrated the 100 years of tournament. Some says that this tournament is not going to have the same weight as a normal Copa America one and most ...
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Do offences that lead a to a penalty inside the penalty box always result in a red card?

I read somewhere that a red card should automatically be awarded if a defender hand balls the soccer ball in the penalty area. I do not know whether this is substantiated, it seems rather harsh if the ...
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Why do lots of professional football players shoot with this awkward, tricky and “unstable” technique?

I've seen many shots like this one in real "high quality" football games. I'm wondering what benefits this shot does have in comparison with a "normal" shot like that. I doubt the reason is of the ...
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Is Graeme Souness the answer to this quiz question?

I ran into the following quiz question the other day, but I wasn't sure about the answer: Name the footballer who has played in 5 countries, winning the European cup, and has also managed in 5 ...
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Players with 400 or more goals in all club competitions (European clubs)

Who are the players that has more than 400 goals in all club competitions, combined for all the teams that they have played. Excluding friendly matches. Related questions: Players with 300 or more ...
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Players with 300 or more goals in top flight domestic league (European clubs)

Who are the players that has more than 300 goals in top flight domestic league, combined for all the teams that they have played. Related questions: Players with 300 or more goals for a single team ...
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Players with 400 or more goals for a single team in all competitions (European clubs)

Having already started a discussion for the players that has 300 or more goals in top flight domestic league for an European club let's distinguish a question for players with more than 400 goals in ...
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Who are the football players that have scored in every minute of a football match?

Who are the footballers that have scored at least one goal in each minute from the first to 90th?
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Can a U21 football player play for the senior team as well as the U21 team?

I know that a 20-year old football player can play for his senior national team, but after playing in a match for the senior team can he return to play for the "youth" team?
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Is it true that football World cup trophy is always changed, when a country wins it 3 times?

When in 1970 Brazil wins Jules Rimet Trophy for the third time, then for the next world cup in 1974 the trophy is new - so called FIFA World Cup Trophy. Since then Germany has won the cup 3 times, the ...
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Players with 300 or more goals for a single team in top flight domestic league (European clubs)

When Messi passed 300 goals for Barcelona, I asked this question, but couldn't find an answer anywhere. Who has scored more goals than Messi for a single club? Edit: I was specifically asking for the ...
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Was Messi's Penalty Kick against Celta de Vigo in La Liga 2016 considered a miss?

Was Messi's Penalty Kick against Celta de Vigo in La Liga 2016 considered a miss, according to FIFA rules? In Are players allowed to pass a penalty? it's established that it is possible to 'pass' a ...
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How long does it usually take to take a corner kick?

After a corner is awarded (when ball is knocked over the goal line), how long is it before the corner is actually delivered, in the top leagues or in internation games? Is there a maximum amount of ...
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Are there other similar badges in football?

In Italy when a team win its 10th Championship (Serie A), they can put on the shirt a star so Juventus FC has 3 stars (31 titles) AC Milan 1 star (18 titles) Inter Milan 1 star (18 titles) This is ...
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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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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 ...