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Are there friendly matches which dont count for the FIFA ranking? [closed]

The FIFA ranking has an importance because it determines the constitution of groups in the World Cup. Some time ago word was that, there were "official friendly matches in the official FIFA ...
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Do matches from the CONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions count for the FIFA ranking?

I was watching a Youtube video where a non professional soccer commentator stated that the CONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions is "not considered official by FIFA", whatever that meant to him. ...
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How far down the list of tiebreakers has FIFA gone for the World Cup?

According to Wikipedia, FIFA uses the following list of tiebreakers when deciding who qualifies to participate in the World Cup (i.e. who gets to compete in the World Cup at all, not who qualifies ...
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Why can we hear the sound of the ball being kicked at the 2022 FIFA World Cup?

I have been watching the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Even with all the noise coming from crowds and commentators, you still can hear the sound of the ball being kicked loud and clear. Even if the ball lands ...
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Why is the 2022 FIFA World Cup beginning in November?

The FIFA World Cup is not premiering now in 2022. I tried to watch it but it’s not airing now. Why is it taking place in November instead of July?
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What happens if you buy a Team Specific Ticket for a team that doesn't qualify for the World Cup?

As an example, you can currently get cheap tickets for the North Macedonia matches in the 2022 World Cup: What happens if North Macedonia doesn't qualify? Would you get a refund? Would you get ...
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Can a Player register in multiple clubs? or more than one?

According to FIFA rules, can professional players register in more than one club at the same time? or at one season?
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Why is the ball hitting any part of the arm now a handball?

During the past season or so I've noticed in most cases when the ball touches any part of a player's arm handball is given. Either the handball rule has changed or the introduction of VAR in top tier ...
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Soccer offside by interfering with an opponent?

When a player in an offside position makes any move to allow a goal to be scored, after a deflection of an opponent, should the goal be allowed or not and why?
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Is Japan's Rising Sun flag banned by FIFA?

In this article, for instance, we see the text: the South Korean ministry noted that Fifa has already set the precedent of banning the rising sun flag at international football matches. I've ...
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How many players a club can sell during a single transfer period?

I wanted to know how many players a club can sell during the transfer period? Are there any rules that FIFA (or UEFA) have issued regarding this matter?
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Why does football still use the offside rule? [duplicate]

There used to be other sports like field hockey where they used to have an offside rule. To continue with the example of field hockey, the games were too defensive, and they weren't that many goals (...
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Why were the Football Euro championships such small tournaments decades ago?

I have looked a bit into the past of the Football European Championships and I noticed that decades ago, they were really, really minuscule tournaments, if you take a look at the "Euro" 1972 in ...
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Why is the FIFA overtime period divided into two halves?

My question is about World Cup extra time rules, but I guess it applies to FIFA in general. About the FIFA extra time period, the rules say the following: It shall always consist of two periods of ...
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Why FIFA didn't prevent the potential cheating that may arise when the lasts of group matches are not played simultaneously?

Referring to the question here, the first and second paragraph. On Thursday at 2pm GMT, the football matches for group H of the World Cup 2018 will begin. By 4 pm GMT, the fate of that group will ...
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Why is Croatia so strong in 2018 FIFA WC? [duplicate]

Notably, Croatia has a very small population. What is the reason behind Croatian Football team so strong in 2018?
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Are there official rules and formats for small side soccer football without goalkeeper?

I would like to know are there any official, possibly FIFA, formats and rules of soccer football match that could play without goalkeeper and has each team member on field more than 4 but less than 9 ...
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What is the walk out song World Cup 2018?

During the FIFA World Cup this year (2018), you can hear a song being played throughout the stadium as the players walk out of the tunnel onto the field. What song is this?
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Why do countries start to build stadiums after getting elected to host FIFA World Cup?

I have observed this time again that a country starts building new stadiums whenever they are elected for hosting a FIFA World Cup. Why is that? Why don't they have sufficient stadiums already ...
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Who pays for the expenses of players called up during international breaks?

Does FIFA pay for the expenses of a player (flight, etc.) when the national team call the player for a friendly or a competition in FIFA calendar? Does it depend on the division that such a player is ...
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Where can I purchase tickets for the 2018 World Cup?

Where can I purchase tickets for the 2018 World Cup? If I cannot find any tickets online to buy, can I get tickets from the stadium two or three days before the match? Can I apply for a "wheelchair ...
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FIFA approved sensors for Soccer

There are many dedicated sensors available for soccer games and major clubs have stated to use them. Are all these sensors (as listed in the link) approved by FIFA? I know that FIFA has approved Goal ...
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Procedure for World Cup draw 2018. How is the principle of geographical separation respected?

The procedure for drawing teams into groups for the 2018 World Cup has changed compared with 2014. (Source) The principles are: All teams will be allocated to pots 1 to 4 [...] The October 2017 ...
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Was Neymars transfer completely void even after committing to play until 2021?

Is $262 million transfer completely void ? Neymar had last year extended his contract until 2021 so is it really possible to break the contract. If 'Yes' then why is there a contract in the first ...
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Why is it that players of professional soccer leagues play in the FIFA World cup and other competitions without complaint from their managers/leagues?

After the recent announcement by the NHL that there will not be a break in the season for the Olympics so that players can attend, I was wondering how soccer players (of all professional leagues) ...
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Which football matches had the highest combined number of goals?

I would like to know football match with highest number goals scored for both teams combined in both international football, and the top European leagues like the English Premier League, La Liga etc.
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Football: why the youth version of the UEFA European Championship is for U-21 players while FIFA World Cup is U-20?

Youth national team competitions seems to differ in their age rules. The youth version of the UEFA European Championship is for players less than 21 years old, while in similar competitions, like in ...
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Why was Messi suspended for 4 games during 2018 world cup qualifications?

On March 28th 2017, Lionel Messi got suspended for 4 international games few hours before a World Cup qualifier match between Argentina and Bolivia Argentina lost 2-0 in absence of their superstar. ...
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Release Clause in European Football during the Winter Transfer Window

Are there any UEFA/FIFA regulations regarding the payment of release clause in the January transfer window in European football? Are the clubs allowed to pay the release clause in the January transfer ...
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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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Legislation on professional underage athletes

Given that Real Madrid and Atlético de Madrid have just been punished for irregular signings of underage players (just as Barcelona was not so long ago), I was wondering what kind of restrictions ...
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Why does FIFA have so much authority over the entire sport of football?

With respect to all of the recent headlines regarding FIFA, Sepp Blatter, and corruption, there are several aspects that don't make sense to me. For instance: Why does FIFA have the power to conduct ...
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Why is the Belgium football team standing No. 1?

I'm surprised that Belgium football team is standing No.1 in FIFA World Ranking. They have never won the World Cup. What made them standing ahead of Germany and other more well known teams?
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Is there a rule in football that caps the amount of transfer money paid by a team for a player?

I am just baffled by the way that players like De Bruyne, Sterling etc are costing huge amounts of money for the clubs. I personally don't feel that these players are worth this much. Also Juventus ...
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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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How does FIFA shortlist the final 23 players for Ballon d'OR?

On what basis does FIFA select the 23 player shortlist for Ballon d'OR? Like what kind of attributes they consider
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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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Where does the assistant referee watch to realize when a soccer player is offside?

How is it possible for the assistant referee to realize when a player is offside? If the assistant referee is in line with the last forward, how can he see when the ball leaves the other player if he ...
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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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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 on 8 July 2014, 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 ...
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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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Why is Ivory Coast being referred to as "Côte d'Ivoire" in the 2014 World Cup?

I understand that the country's basic language is French, but you don't see any other countries using non-English names in the World Cup. Japan isn't called "Nihon" or "Nippon", Germany isn't called "...
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How are the uniform colours determined in the World Cup?

Choosing jersey and shorts colours for all concerned seems to be a reasonably complicated process: each team has a set of colours they consider theirs (from their flag, or associated with them) any ...
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How international teams decide on jersey number? [closed]

On what basis jersey number will be given to players in their international teams if jersey number used in their leagues clashes? for example Torres and Villa share same jersey number 9 in Chelsea and ...
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FIFA World Cup 2014 Tie Breaker Rules: "Between the teams concerned"?

Here is the rule for the ranking of the teams in the Group Stage of the World Cup, from Article 41 of the Regulations, 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil (PDF): The ranking of each team in each group shall ...
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Has the US Men's Soccer Team played a game outside of the USA or the host country?

It's become somewhat common for North or South American national soccer teams to play friendly games (or even sometimes non-friendlies) in the Untied States or Canada against another national team. ...
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Who is the lowest ranked european team to qualify for world cup?

If Iceland wins tonight against Croatia, would they be the lowest ranked team to ever qualify from Europe? Also who is the lowest ranking to ever qualify for a world cup from any continent?
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How come Belgium and even Switzerland are atop of Holland on FifaRankings for WorldCup 2014?

Holland reached finals at WorldCup2010; qualified to Euro2012; won the qualifying group for WorldCup2014 with only one draw. Belgium missed WorldCup2010 missed Euro2012 won the qualifying group ...
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Are there suspensions or fines for exaggerating contact or flopping to draw fouls in football (soccer)? [duplicate]

In professional football (soccer) matches, players often exaggerate contact or flop to draw fouls. What actions (suspensions, fines) are soccer organizations, including FIFA or UEFA, doing to prevent ...
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How does FIFA rank national teams?

Which stats are taken into account when ranking a team? How are the points distributed? I've been wondering recently about how strange it is that the present ranking puts Columbia at the 3rd position ...
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