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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It is true that, during the first years of professional football, teams used to play with only 2 defenders and 5 forwards?

I've heard many times that, in the past (I don't know exactly when, but It may be around 1930 and 1950 decades) football teams used to align using 2-3-5 tactics. I know that tactics used to be less ...
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Quote by Arrigo Sacchi query [on hold]

I am looking for a sports quote by Arrigo Sacchi. I am almost sure I read this online and it was credited to Sacchi but I can't find it now after many different attempts at searching. Can someone ...
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Can a football team buy and sell a player in the same transfer window?

For example, the current transfer window for most leagues in Europe ends tomorrow. Manchester United bought Depay from PSV this window. Could they sell him tomorrow if they wanted? Or do they need to ...
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Strikers who can defend as well?

I have read that both Rio Ferdinand and Daniel van Buyten began their career as strikers(I have even managed to train van Buyten to be a top striker in Football Manager). Their career as striker has ...
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Can a soccer player steal the ball while the goalkeeper bounce it on the ground?

When the ball is being bounced by the goalkeeper from his hands and a player steals it without touching the goalkeeper (while the goalkeeper is not touching the ball) and scores, is it legal or not? ...
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Why is Russia considered a tricky destination for European football cup ties?

In the light of Liverpool being drawn alongside Rubin Kazan in Europa league, most news websites are terming it as a difficult or tricky tie. Similar things have been said in past for champions league ...
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If a player has 3 goals, but one of them is own goal, is it called a hat trick?

To put it simply: do own goals count as part of a hat trick?
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What makes Cristiano Ronaldo a different player than Lionel Messi? [closed]

While both Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi can be argued upon to be the best players, how does Ronaldo's playing style compare with that of Messi, and in what circumstances, scenario or tactics can ...
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Does having an afro hairstyle have an advantage in doing headers?

Would the hair have a cushion effect that makes them have more grip and control of the ball in the air?
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Is there any occasion when women's team faced men's team in any sport match? [closed]

Does anyone remember a football or any other sport match when women's faced men's team, whether it is international or league or domestic match?
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Why was Chattanooga the host of the 2015 NPSL National Championship game?

On August 8th, 2015, Chattanooga FC played host to the NPSL final game at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga, TN. However, they finished with a lower points per game record than their opponents the New ...
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Coming back from retirement

Can a football player retire if he is not getting a transfer away from his current club and then come back from retirement to join a new club? Can such methods will earn him a move or will he has to ...
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Punishment for Own Goal

Is there a punishment allocated by the football authorities other than the club if a football player goes absurd and score a deliberate own goal?
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Football league winner vs cup winner

In England is FA Community Shield, in Italy Supercoppa, in Spain Supercopa, in Germany Supercup and so on This title existe for every FIFA league or just only some league?
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Taking shirt off celebration

Is there some logic in issuance of yellow card to a player who takes his shirt off to celebrate a goal or is it just a rule?
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FC, does basketball and other sports have it?

I know that FC is short for Football Club, but does basketball have such word for teams? I primarily am asking this, because of a new game i am developing. I ask the player to enter the name of his ...
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Suspension of Substitution rule in football match

I was watching the MLS All-Star vs. Tottenham match and noticed that there were substitutions made for more than 3 players during the game. Is this standard for exhibition games, All Star games etc?
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Can a penalty kick be passed to a second player? [duplicate]

Is it possible for the penalty to be played by two players as a passed ball? Means the first player can pass the ball to the second player who will kick the ball in the goal.
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In Soccer, can it be a foul even if the player gets to the ball first?

There is a lot of confusion surrounding this topic, both from media and from fans. For example, in the 2014 World Cup, Gonzalo Higuain was hit pretty hard by Manuel Neuer (with his knee), but no ...
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Is this goal allowed on steal from keeper?

Scenario: A football keeper throws the ball in the air to kick it out, but the other team's striker kicks it away before the keeper can make contact. The striker scores on the play. Should the goal be ...
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Why do they tell their formation before the game starts?

I am watching the pre-game for the World Cup. They said what formation (4-3-3) Japan was running. Why did Japan give up that strategic information? Wouldn't it be better to keep it secret so that the ...
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Will I improve in football by playing matches everyday? Or is doing drills a better option? [closed]

I would call myself an intermediate player. None of my friends wants to practice with me. They just want to play. But I got to get better in 3 months time. Visiting one of my friends at his hometown ...
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Player leaving the game field

What should the referee do if a player of a team leaves the game field and doesn't come back until the end of the game? The player just left without asking the referee.
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When was extra time introduced in European football competitions?

All I know is that until 1965, a decider was required if 2 teams remained draw after the home and away matches.
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What happens if a team walks off the field in soccer?

On the weekend an altercation between a referee and a play led to their team leaving the pitch. 21 minutes into the game our team was up 1-0 when allegedly the referee said to a player that he was a ...
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Are World Cup refs all the same gender as the teams?

I am watching the Women's soccer/football World Cup. So far, all the refs I have seen have been women. Now that I think about it, during the men's World Cup I only saw men as refs. Is this in fact ...
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Coach throws the ball against the referee

What should the referee do if a coach, during the game, throws the ball such that it hits the referee?
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Methods to track player movements including distance

What is the best way to measure althetic performance in a game of football. I am thinking some sort of consumer level GPS product, a bit like this product but that seems not available on a personal ...
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How many head coaches/managers in women's football are women?

I've been watching the 2015 world cup and wandering what the gender balance of head coaches/managers is in the women's game. What percentage of head coaches in the women's game are female? I'm ...
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Five a side tournament - awarding bye's in a partial round robin

I help to run a five-a-side tournament with my scout group; we tend to have around 40 teams which split across 4 age groups. We can't run full round-robins at the group stage, so instead we run 4 ...
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What is the primary role of a winger?

Is the winger supposed to stay wide? Does he have a special function apart from piercing through the wing? Does he have to track back?
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Combining Bets in sports

I am trying to come up with the most lopsided bet I could possibly do for the upcoming Barcelona vs Juventus final. I have a question about whether or not combining bets is possible. For this ...
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Fair system to score players between friend games

We play football/soccer between our group of friends, but often some of them can't play, so the teams vary every week. My teammate this week can be my opponent next week. We're starting a sort of ...
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FIFA World Cup winners not qualifying automatically anymore for next edition

It used to be the case that the winner of the World Cup qualified automatically for the final stage of the following edition, but that's not the case anymore. France was the last team that this rule ...
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Why doesn't a domestic League-Cup double entail an automatic Supercup championship?

The Supercup rules in England, Spain, Italy, Germany, etc, go along the following lines. The Supercup is contested between the League champion and the Cup champion; if the same club wins both the ...
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Do football teams have to do their best to win?

Consider this scenario: The top two teams in Premier League are playing their last match of the season, and either team can win the league if they win their match and the other team dont. Do their ...
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How exactly did Carvajal not get booked/sent off after causing a penalty?

Juventus-Real Madrid Champions League semi-final game is being played now and I am completely dumbfounded by how Carvajal managed to get away without seeing a card in connection with the penalty ...
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Who gets the match ball if 2 or more players score hat-tricks in football?

In football, if a player scores a hat-trick, he usually takes the match ball with him as a souvenir. But if 2 or more players score a hat-trick, then who gets to take the match ball with him?
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Dress Code for football supporters?

I was just browsing on Stubhub because I was curious what tickets for a Manchester United game go for when this popped up: It seems to indicate that if you're a supporter (I assume possibly an away ...
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Is there a website where we can find all kind of statistics related to the European football? [closed]

I'm a huge fan of football and I simply want to know if a website dedicate to statistics about this sport exists. I always read articles about football in which journalists provide statistics and I ...
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What is the procedure to play (amateur) football for a foreign club?

Currently, I am a football player for a Dutch amateur club. This summer, I might move abroad and for sure I want to keep playing football. What is the formal procedure to be eligible for, say an ...
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Why do so many soccer stadiums use racing seats for their team benches?

Why do so many soccer stadiums use racing seats for their team benches? And which was the first stadium or club to use racing seats as benches?
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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 ...