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 happens to the footballs used throughout a tournament?

I was thinking what happens to the balls used during a tournament. Lets say the 2014 FIFA world cup. What happens to all the Brazuca balls used throughout the tournament? Where and in what ways are ...
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Specific offside question

In football; after an attack on goal, the goalkeeper gains possession. An attacking player quietly remains behind the goalkeeper in hopes to be forgotten. The goalkeeper drops the ball to feet in ...
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Which soccer players have more goals than games at the club level?

Are there some football players who have better average than 1 goal per game in their club career? Or if we restrict only to one competition, not the whole career? Or to one season of a competition? ...
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If a mole digs a hole in the football field

I saw a weird dream that in a football, a mole dug a big hole just under the penalty spot and none could kick the penalty, as the ball would fell under the ground. Does football rules says anything ...
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Who is the best striker (best goals/appearances ratio) with 25/50/100+ national caps?

Zlatan Ibrahimovic recently had his 50 goals milestone (also a national record for Sweden) prior to with 100 appearance for the team. With 50 goals in 100 games he's averaging a goal in every second ...
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How can I recognize what formation a soccer/association football team is in?

When watching soccer on TV I often hear the commentators say stuff like, "They've come out in a 3-5-2, not their usual 4-4-2 in the hopes of ..." or "they've got so-and-so acting as 'false 9' today." ...
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Which football club started the tradition of announcing player's name 3 times when they score a goal

As you have probably seen that many teams(Bayern Munchen, Napoli) have the player's name announced 3 times by the announcer, when they score a goal. I want to know where/when this tradition started.
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After signing a player, how soon can he play for his new team?

In football, how soon after signing a player may he play for his new squad? Liverpool are in the middle of signing Mario Balotelli from Milan in the Italian Serie A. It is reported, that if the deal ...
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What makes financial fair play fair?

My understanding of the financial fair play rule from UEFA is that clubs can't spend more money then they take in from ticket sales, sponsorships, media deals, etc. The goal being to prevent a super ...
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How does the Financial Fair Play rule work

When it comes to the transfer window, what is the Financial fair play rule? How does it impact the spending limit for the clubs?
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Why there is a match for third place in football but not in cricket? [closed]

Why there is a match to decide third place between the losing semi-finalists in football, but not in cricket?
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Have two teams ever played each other twice in the same world cup?

In FIFA World Cup 2014, if the United States and Germany had both advanced to the final, then they would have played each other twice. Of course, this didn't happen. But has it ever happened, that in ...
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How does Champions League work? [closed]

Thanks to an answer to a previous question, I now have a better understanding of the BPL. But now I am trying to figure out the Champions League. What is the criteria for getting into it? How is the ...
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Where should the play restart from an offside?

I got my referee license yesterday, and am wondering where the restart should be for an offside offense? One instructor told me the second to last defender, while another told me where the attacker ...
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Is it true that Brazil made 1 billion dollars from the world cup?

I've heard that Brazil invested 11 billion dollars to prepare for the world cup and have made less than 1 billion. Is it true? If so, does it mean that they lost 10 billion dollars? And if that's ...
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Has there been any punishment for taunting opponents in a top division football game?

Inspired by this question, I am wondering if there has been a game where a player or team was punished for taunting the opponents (or the fans) with unsporting behaviour, i.e. scoring in an ...
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Are you allowed to score a goal off the ground with your head to showboat?

An attacker beats the defensive line and then goes around the keeper on the edge of the penalty area, leaving them well behind. The attacker continues dribbling the ball towards their opponents' goal. ...
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Free kick wall position

I see this a lot of time. Let's observe the defender. Some of the defender puts both of their hand of their genital (understandable), but there's also someone who put one of their hand in their ...
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Ball crosses the goal line but is caught by the keeper

A player on the opposing team kicks the ball and the ball crosses the goal line. However, before the ball touches either the net or the ground inside the goal, the goalkeeper catches it. Does the ball ...
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Man of The Match in Football

On what basis Man of The Match in Football is given and who decides that? For example: In 2014 world cup in Spain vs Australia David Villa, Fernando Torres and Juan Mata each scored a goal but ...
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Football score swapping: is it ok?

I'm developing a football application. A two-legged tie looks like this: TeamA 1:0 TeamB TeamB 4:2 TeamA <sum of goals 3:4, sum of wins 1:1, winner TeamB> Is it easy to understand? The ...
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Why do German football (soccer) fans wear cowboy hats?

Is there a story or meaning, or is it just random and whimsical fashion? ,
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Football penalty shootouts: Germany wins 71% of the time, England 17% only. Any reason?

NB: the question got closed, so I posted it on Quora: https://www.quora.com/In-football-penalty-shootouts-Germany-wins-71-of-the-time-England-17-only-What-can-explain-this-trend?share=1 I was ...
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Where does the assistant referee have to watch to realize offside in soccer?

How is it possible for the assistant referee to realize when a player is offside or not? If the assistant referee is in line with the last forward how can he see when the ball leaves the other player ...
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Do they ever pull the goalie in soccer?

In ice hockey, teams that are losing will sometimes pull their goalie late in the game and bring in an extra attacker to increase their chances of scoring and tying the game. Do teams ever pull their ...
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What medal did the referee in the FIFA world cup get?

The referee, Nicola Rizzoli, seemed to have received a medal in yesterday's finale. What kind of medal is this?
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Yellow and Red Card pattern in football

There is 3 recognized yellow-red card pattern in football (just try check a football report in FIFA.com and there's only 3 pattern) They're Yellow card 2nd yellow card followed by red card Red card ...
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Does the team with the extra rest day perform better?

In the World Cup 2014, the semi-finals were held on 8th/9th July, and the final will be on 13th July. This gives Germany an extra day to rest/prepare compared to Argentina. This has been mentioned by ...
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Why is Brazil's top football stadium (Maracana) in Rio de Janeiro rather than São Paulo?

Maracana stadium "was opened in 1950 to host the FIFA World Cup", at which time it was the largest stadium in the world. I have heard the stadium referred to as "the spiritual home of Brazilian ...
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Does the penalty shoot out goal count as the person goal for a player?

I just want to know if the goal scored by a player during shoot out is counted as goal scored in the tournament or not. For example: the goal scored by Messi will be counted or not to become the ...
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How to improve 7 vs 7 game quality and team strategy?

I am a part of football team in amateur football league. I am a one of two people who manage our team and I always should take responsibility if something went wrong. I want to ask how we can to ...
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How many times two teams from the same continent have played the World Cup Final game?

There is a chance that Germany and the Netherlands will play for 2014 World cup, so here is a related question. the How many times two teams from the same continent have played the World Cup Final ...
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Does FIFA have contingencies for riots during or after a match that make the winner incapable of continuing the tournament?

During the monumental defeat of Brazil yesterday, some people jokingly said on Twitter that Holland and Argentina should hope that the Brazil fans storm the field and lynch both teams (their own team ...
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Worst defeat of a host nation in world cup history

Brazil, host nation of world cup 2014, lost to Germany by 1-7. This seems very big defeat in term of goal difference. What is the worst defeat of a host nation in world cup history in terms of goal ...
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Heaviest loss of last four teams remaining in history of World Cup

Brazil just lost 1-7 to Germany in 2014 World Cup. What is the biggest loss ever among the top 4 teams in a world cup (that is biggest lost in the semifinals, 3rd place match or the final match)? Did ...
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What is the penalty for red cards in a round robin tournament?

I know that in an elimination style tournament, a player who gets a red card must sit out in the next game. In a round robin tournament such as the Premier League, what is the consequence of the red ...
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What is the stuff referees spray on the ground in Football matches?

During the World Cup, the referees sprayed something on the ground. It looked like it was white paint, but it was foamy. It was right before a free-kick on goal. What was the stuff they sprayed on ...
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The difference between top goalscorer and golden boot winner

My bookmaker has prices for the golden boot winner and the top tournament goal scorer in the World Cup. What is the difference between the two awards?
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Can the opposing team's goalkeeper take a kick in a penalty shootout?

When doing a penalty shootout, is it possible for the opposing team's goalkeeper to take a kick? I've never seen it happen, but it seems that since the goalie is part of the team, he/she should be ...
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Why did the Netherlands put in their backup keeper for the PKs?

In the Netherlands v. Costa Rica World Cup game that just finished (5 July 2014), the Dutch substituted their keeper at 120+1', clearly solely for the inevitable penalty kick shootout. I'd expect the ...
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FIFA World Cup 2014 final ranking rules

I have tried to find the final ranking rules for the FIFA World Cup 2014. What are the rules to rank teams after the tournament finished?
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Can a team mate give lifting/climbing support?

Can a team mate give lifting/climbing support so that a player can reach the height where goalie or any opponent cannot reach? Is climbing on the goal post allowed?
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How many balls are used in a typical World Cup game?

I've noticed that often after a ball goes out a different ball is used. Also I don't know if the same ball will be used for both halves (plus extra time). So how many balls are used during a typical ...
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Are football/soccer players paid for national team appearances?

I was reading this article today about the weird situation that came up with the Ghanian national team at the 2014 World Cup, and I realized that I'd never heard about other player's compensation when ...
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What language does referee use to communicate with soccer player? [duplicate]

What language does a referee has to use to communicate with players in those different situations: FIFA matches UEFA matches National league matches In all this case it is possible to have players ...
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“Pressing high” in football (aka “soccer”)

I've heard the term "press high" repeatedly while watching the World Cup. What does it mean? Do teams that press high generally enjoy more possession or less?
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Are there any rules or guidelines concerning players' boots?

Soccer teams are very strictly color coordinated at the international level (and at most lower levels). The two teams must have matching uniforms distinct from each other, and additionally the two ...
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What are the characteristics of goal posts in football?

How many types of goal posts are there in football, and what materials are used to construct them? What are the dimensions of the goals?
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What language do Belgian football players use to communicate between themselves?

Belgium is a country with three official languages (Dutch, French and German), all of which are used in practice by significant portions of the population, largely divided by geography. Of course, ...
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Football coaches who have won multiple FIFA World Cups

Has there been any coach(manager) that has won the world cup more than once? If so, please provide the manager's name, winning years and team(s) managed.