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Questions tagged [football]

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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How does the VAR decide which camera to use?

On April 17, 2019, in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal second leg between Manchester City and Tottenham there were some requests to VAR. In particular, one was made regarding Llorente's goal in ...
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Is there a database of soccer match stats which include VAR calls?

I am wondering if there is a database compiling match/player stats for leagues (or maybe UEFA Champions League) which have VAR in place. I'm particularly interested in stats surrounding VAR itself, ...
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Should the team receive any points at all? [duplicate]

If in a game of football 4 players get sent off for one team and then that team refuses to play the rest of the match, and walk off, are they entitled to receiving any points for that game?
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was referee right to blow the whistle right before we scored? [duplicate]

The other day my team played a match. It was0-0 on the 90th minute and the referee gave us a penalty. We took it and the keeper saved it. We then scored the rebound but the ref blew the final whistle ...
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How can Real Madrid poach players from its near-peers?

Real Madrid is evidently in pursuit of such high profile players as Kylian Mbappe and Sadio Mane. Both those players are young and good...and valuable. Any world-class club would like to build around ...
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Football yellow cards and red cards

Can a player be given a red card for just 45 second, after which he will be allowed to continue playing again?
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Can a keeper pick up the ball after receiving the ball with his feet? [duplicate]

Say the attacker is actively pressing the keeper. I have seen in situations keepers picking up the ball but I am not sure of the exact rules.
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Champions League qualification from Premier League

The Premier League table right now looks like the following. If Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea and United finish at 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th position respectively and Chelsea and United win Europa League and ...
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When is the ball out in football?

In this video of Ajax versus Real Madrid, accompanying an article, you can see around 2:22 that there was much controversy about a ball being out or not. With the help of the VAR it was decided after ...
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Referee stopped match mid-game and lost control, what happens?

On the weekend the ref was blatantly giving all the decisions to the home team so was recieveing some grief from the sidelines. On the 52nd minute one of the away players said to the home player 'How ...
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Meaning of '4:1 (3:0)' as score in football (World Cup match)

I'm looking at Fifa data on the France vs Mexico World Cup match in 1930, the score is presented as 4:1 (3:0). Looking at the 'goals scored' section I see 5 goals have been scored, all of them in ...
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Defensive goals and assists

Yesterday in Liverpool’s 5-0 win versus Watford, Liverpool defenders scored 7 goals or assists. Is this a record, in the premier league or, for that matter, any form of pro-football?
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In UEFA competitions, could a team forfeit a game and still qualify? [closed]

My understanding is that, in UEFA football games, a forfeiting team is awarded a 0-3 score (defeat) against the opposing team. If, in a competition, a team wins the first game 4-0, could the same team ...
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Can a trainer force a player to be substituted?

In the final between Chelsea and Manchester City, Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa refused to be substituted, enraging his coach Sarri. Apparently, a few years ago, Messi acted the same way with his coach ...
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Why don't weak/medium teams pass ball among themselves in the defense against strong teams rather than losing ball in a buildup to attack

My reasoning: This would tempt the stronger side to move forward, since there are same number of players in each side (11), it would be difficult to disposes them at the same time it gives them the ...
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Can I wear a hat while training or playing a soccer match?

Can I wear a woolly hat in a soccer training session, and can I wear one in a match?
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Is it offside if the ball is passed by an opponent?

When two defenders (opponents) are playing the ball between each other and it then deflects off one of them to an attacker in an offside position. If the attacker then take possession of the ball, is ...
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What happens if a player who has been cautioned during the match gets a second yellow card while kicks from the penalty mark are being taken?

I know you could be tempted to say that the player must be sent-off, but Law 12 says the following (Law 12.3): A player, substitute or substituted player who commits any of the following offences ...
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Why is Arabic an official langauage of the “Asian Football Confederation”

AFC has two official languages - English and Arabic. The official languages of the AFC shall be English and Arabic. In the event of any differences in any interpretation, the English text shall ...
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Can an opposing player take the ball from the goalie, inside the goalie's area, when the goalie has placed it on the ground to kick it [duplicate]

Can an opposing player take the ball from the goalie, inside the goalie's area, when the goalie has placed it on the ground to kick it? The ball is no longer in the goalie's hands at this point, but ...
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offside interpretation in soccer. Deflection of a back pass by a forward that hits defender and deflects instead forward

The ball goes forward to an attacker who is re-entering from an off side position. The attacker gains control, turns and shoots toward goal. Is the play to be diss allowed for an offside pass?
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Is the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as Man Utd caretaker is the first case of “borrow” a manager in football history?

From the report of BBC, there are one sentence that make me attention: United's statement announcing Solskjaer's arrival as caretaker manager made no mention of whether or not he will return to ...
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How many Africans have won the UEFA Championship League?

If we define an African as somebody born in Africa and play for an African national team, how many of these players have won the UEFA Champions League? We can include Madagascar in this.
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Round of 16 champions league

How will the round of 16 draw work. 1 pot group winners, 1 pot runners up, yet Liverpool can't play PSG or Man City so what happens if they are drawn together
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How are third place teams from the UCL group stage incorporated in the round of 32 for the UEFA Europa League?

In it's current format, clubs finishing third in their respective groups in the UEFA Champions League (UCL) qualify, if you will, for the round of 32 knockout round of the UEFA Europa League (UEL). ...
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Committing fouls during celebration time [duplicate]

If a player scores a goal and in the time between the goal and the kick off again, if an opponent player pushes or punches the goal scorer, what kind of action is taken? (The conceding team might do ...
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Two yellow cards before one is shown [duplicate]

Is it possible for a player to be sent off for two yellow card offences before the first yellow card has time to be shown? e.g. where the referee plays advantage after the first offence.
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Player with 350 or more goals in domestic league [duplicate]

When Messi passed 350 goals for Barcelona, I asked this question, but couldn't find an answer anywhere. Who has scored more goals than Messi for a single club? Edit: I was specifically asking for the ...
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What is the longest time a football team has gone without being behind?

Meaning, being in a winning or drawing position. For context, if a team won but was behind during the game it doesn't count. 1. In the top 5 leagues? 2. In any league, if this information exists?
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Splashing water in football

I recently came across a video in which players were playing football in a heavily water logged pitch. It makes me wonder if players are allowed to take advantage of this by kick a puddle (like a fake ...
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Where can I get data for individual player statistics in European football?

I am doing a research paper on European football, and I am looking for individual player statistics. For example, numbers on detailed stats like shots, shots on target, passes, tackles, blocks, ...
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Where do I look for Articles on 1941-1942 FC Barcelona season

Today I learned that FC Barcelona came close to relegation in 1941-42 La Liga season. I want to read more details about it. I Google it but there is not much info available other than https://www....
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Red carded player [closed]

Can a player who received a red card during the game play the next game if the referee did not submit a report stating the player who received the red card during the game? Report shows no red cards ...
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Is it an offside in this case?

When two players are facing the goalkeeper alone. and the first player passes the ball to the second and he scores. notes: The moment when the ball was passed to the first player none of the two ...
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Greatest number of own goals in Europe

Which player has scored the greatest number of own goals in the top five European Leagues (as measured by UEFA coefficient: La Liga, Serie A, Premier League, Bundesliga, Ligue 1)?
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Offside or not?

In a football match, a forward walks back in an offside position, but not included in any play. Ball gets played from the middle of the pitch, a defender heads it and it goes to the forward 1 - ...
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Why there are too few black goalkeepers in high-level football?

I'm watching a football match, and a black goalkeeper is guarding one of the goals. This seems to be very rare by my observation. For example, in the 100m dash, all the recent Olympic and World ...
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Which female football players have highest goal per game ratio for national team?

We have similar question for men: Who is the best striker (best goals/appearances ratio) with 25/50/100+ national caps? So it seems quite natural to ask about women, too. Which female footballers ...
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Footballers with most free kicks scored

Who are the footballers with most free kicks scored? We all remember Juninho Pernambucano, but who else?
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Celebrate title after red card

If a player receives a red card during the final of a football tournament and leaves the pitch, can he goes back and celebrate the title, if his team wins? Do you remember such a case?
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Why has soccer become so famous worldwide?

This article shows an image where most popular sport by country can be checked. It's a bit old (from 2006), but I guess not old enough for having changed a lot since then. Clearly, soccer is the most ...
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Would you have called this a penalty?

I was reffing a boys high school soccer game. Home team player dribbled into the box and before the defender could challenge he got a shot off on net that was saved by the keeper. Half a second after ...
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Ball goes out of bounds inside box

So during a soccer game I refereed, a kid took a goal kick and somehow managed to kick the ball out of bounds before it left the box, like in my beautiful diagram below. Would this be a redo of the ...
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What do referees say to footballers after they score?

Watching football games and highlights I often notice the referee saying something to a player who has just scored a goal. I can imagine if the player has celebrated too much it would be related to ...
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Brutal accident against goalkeeper (Andrada vs Dedé) must he have been sent off (as he was)

Here is the play. It was yesterday in a Copa Libertadores match. The header ended in the goalkeeper's face. The referee decided to send off the player with the VAR. The rules of soccer are not really ...
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Who is the “winner” of each leg of a two-legged football match, or a match that goes to penalties?

Match #1 Europa League, quarter-finals, 2nd leg: After 90 minutes Besiktas was up 2-1 against Lyon. Because of the aggregate score of 3-3 (Lyon won 2-1 in the 1st leg) they had to play extra time and ...
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Is quick corner kick permitted in association football?

Can a corner kick be taken quickly the same way a free-kick can ? That is, so long as the kicker does not require that the 10yds be enforced.
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What is the name of this kind of pass, done with the outside of the foot?

I found a thread in Twitter where they show a pass by Lionel Messi. Next messages show others players performing it such as David Silva. Is there a specific name for this kind of pass or is it just ...
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Multiple yellow cards at a single free kick for encroachment

Is it acceptable (or even permissible) to award more than one yellow card to encroaching players on a free kick? My memory from 15 years ago is that we were told only the first encroaching player ...
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Why was Messi not on the UEFA shortlist for best player?

That is Messi's season. Astonishing. What a freak of nature. La Liga Copa del Rey Spanish Supercup Onze D'or Most goals Most assists Most key passes Most chances created Most dribbles Most MOTMs in ...