Why there is a match to decide third place between the losing semi-finalists in football, but not in cricket?
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Cricket and football are totally different sports. There is no similarity between both sports. Every aspects of both sports are different (with some exceptions). So same apply to their major tournaments like world cups as well. We can't really compare tournament's rules of different sports. This is totally up to the tournament organizer like FIFA for football and ICC for cricket.
It's not in every competition in football:
I think it's only in World Cup and European Cup ...it might be in other continental turnaments too.
But in not in competitions linke UEFA Champions League or European League. Nor in the cup competitions in England, Germany, Italay ...
And this game is because FIFA/UEFA can earn some money with it. There is a discussion about the sense of such a game. And I think most players/coaches would prefere NOT playing this game. There is often no motivation and so it'll be a horrible match.