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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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Why is a 4-2-5 defense named as such?

I was watching a Bleacher Report video. In the video breaking down the TAMU-SC opener game, the narrator said, "Thanks to the abundance of linebacking talent, [SC] are looking to move to more of a ...
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What is “strong side” vs. “weak side” on defense in American football?

What is "strong side" vs. "weak side" on defense in American football? I'm trying to get a basic understanding of this terminology but am getting tripped up.
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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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Is there a specific order for soccer/football players entering the pitch at the beginning of the match?

I've always thought the order of the players entering the pitch was random after the Captain, who is always first, but for some reason this weekend I noticed that the goalkeeper was right behind the ...
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Is it allowed to play a cricket match without positioning any fielder as a wicket keeper?

In a cricket match , there are total 11 players which we called as playing eleven who will be there fielding and batting for a side. There are different positions on which the fielders can be placed ...
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What is the purpose for the formation rules?

I understand that seven men most be on the line of scrimmage for the offense at the snap of every play. Growing up I've heard this penalty called a multitude of times and recently I began pondering ...
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What do you call a play when the offensive line is on the side?

I saw recently in some video a play where only two guys, namely one who snaps and other one who catches a snap, were between the hash marks, but the offensive line was on the side of the line of ...
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Why don't more NBA teams use the triangle offense?

Does anyone use the triangle offense other than Phil Jackson? He won 11 rings with it. In the NFL, teams copy each other all the time. How come teams don't copy Phil? I don't think the argument that ...
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4-3 defensive end vs. a 3-4 defensive end

I recently asked a question about a 3-4 outside linebacker vs. a 4-3 outside linebacker so this is related. Is a 3-4 end more of a hybrid tackle/END? I think teams that use a 3-4 try to get their ...
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3-4 outside linebacker vs. a 4-3 outside linebacker

It looks like a 3-4 outside linebacker is more of a standup DE with some additional duties that include playing in space. This position appears to be more of a 'point of attack' style position. A 4-3 ...
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Particularly unconventional fielding positioning in baseball/softball

I have never seen fielders in positions that would hardly be recognisable as the "standard" positions, and probably for good reason. (I mean a positioning where a casual observer might have difficulty ...
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Is it possible to place a fielder other than standard fielding positions?

Is it permitted to place the fielders other than the standard fielding positions terms in international cricket match? To be more specific, can a fielder be placed in between the mid-on and ...
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Do all 11 fielders need to be in the field?

I was just wondering if there is a rule about how many fielders need to remain in the ground during a cricket match. Can't the fielding captain argue that we do not the 11th man on the field, for ...
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How does a typical spread offense contrast from a typical pro-style offense?

In the NFL, several teams such as the Carolina Panthers (with Cam Newton), the San Francisco 49ers (with Colin Kaepernick), the Seattle Seahawks (with Russell Wilson), and the Washington Redskins ...
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Zonal marking vs man marking

In our 7 vs 7 league, we employ a form of zonal and man marking that is formed out of necessity; during free-kicks or corners we have a man-to-man marking that has been both successful and ...
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Improving 7 vs 7 team and strategy

I am part of a team that plays in an amateur league that also has a playoff at the end of the season. Our team is consisting of fit players that are not very tall but can run around a lot. However, ...
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Differences between fullbacks, halfbacks, and running backs

In American football, there are various position designations for runners that carry the ball across the line of scrimmage: full, half and running back. Are there any differences between the three ...
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What happened to the wishbone?

The top rushing teams in college football are running some form of the wishbone/triple-option and some are doing it with less size and speed (military academies). It doesn't appear that defenses have ...
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What is the role of a “false 9”?

Recently I read a few articles about strikers playing as a "false 9". My understanding of a "false 9", is that he is a striker whose purpose is to pull defenders out of position so that his teammates ...
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Has 4-6-0 ever worked in high level football?

Seeing that Del Bosque is insisting on playing without a real striker in the Euro games, I came to wonder whether the 4-6-0 tactic he's trying to implement really ever worked for a team at this level. ...
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What has triggered the evolution of 6-0 formation in volleyball?

I have been playing volleyball since childhood. I started off with a 4-2 formation (2 defenders and 4 spikers). Then we moved on to 5-1, i.e. 5 Attackers and a defender. But nowadays I have seen a few ...
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Is the sweeper role obsolete with modern formations?

There has been mention of a role in defense of football called "Sweeper". Wikipedia gives the following explanation. The sweeper or libero (Italian: free) is a more versatile type of Centre back ...
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Advantages of 4-2-3-1 formation

Barcelona has clearly been one of the most dominant sides in European football in the past few years. They often play a 4-2-3-1 (or sometimes 4-3-2-1) formation. Is the primary advantage of this ...
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What football formations have been most prevalent in the English Premier League since 1992?

There are a handful of sites (example) discussing formations and their popularity, but few discuss what is popular in certain periods in specific leagues. What I'm looking for is an overview of what ...
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What makes a formation illegal?

Sometimes the referee will flag a team for having an "illegal formation". What are the restrictions on how a team is allowed to line up?
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How do defenders score goals when part of a formation

When playing in a 4-5-1 or 4-4-3 formation you are meant to stay in your zone on the pitch. The defenders need to be part of the back 4 and not move into the forward postions. How then do defenders ...