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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What is the purpose of England national football C team?

I read a football magazine a few years ago and there was an article about England national football C team. According to Wikipedia, this team represents England at non-league level. As far as I know, ...
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Most braces in one season in Premier League

What is the record of most braces in the Premier League season and who holds it? Braces - two (or more) goals in a match (if I'm correct)
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Is it true that the same player scored four goals in the match between Liverpool and Chester City in 1968 which ended 2-2?

I found a book about trivia and there is the following passage (in Indonesian): Did you know that in a match between Liverpool and Chester City in 1968, which ended with a score of 2-2, there was ...
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Who were the best pre-WW2 footballers in the world? [closed]

Alfredo Di Stefano There are plenty of footballers that have been considered the greatest player in the world during their career, but they all appear to be post-WW2, such as Alfredo Di Stefano. ...
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How many goals did Cristiano Ronaldo score prior to the year 2020?

How many goals did Cristiano Ronaldo score prior to the year 2020?
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What is Lionel Messi's, Cristiano Ronaldo's and Diego Maradona's goals per game ratio against european cup/champions league winners?

GOAT debate According to the GOAT debate Pele was unproven against European clubs, yet in the Intercontinental cup Pele scored two goals in the 1962 Intercontinental Cup first leg at home to European ...
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How many assists did Pele make for Brazil?

Someone asked "how many assists did Maradona make for his national team" (Argentina)? and the answer was "National team assists (including u-20 assists) 33+22 = 55.". Therefore, as ...
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What happens in the UEFA Europa League when a 2-legged match is tied?

In the 2020-2021 Europa League knockout stages, Arsenal beat Olympiacos 3-1 in Greece, then lost the return leg in England 0-1. If instead they had lost the return leg 0-2, making the aggregate score ...
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How can I correct my juggling?

While practicing juggling I discovered two things: I am currently horrible at juggling The ball seems to have a backspin when I hit it The two seem related. Let me explain: When juggling, the ball ...
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A UEFA Champions League/Europa League final between two teams who already played against one another in the group stage of either competition?

Has a UEFA Champions League/Europa League final took place between two teams who had already played against one another in the group stage of either competition?
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Can a goalkeeper head a backpass then pick it up?

Let's say hypothetically that a player plays a lobbed pass back to the keeper (played with the player's foot), and the keeper manages to control the pass with his head. Is he allowed to pick up the ...
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How was the 1954 FIFA World Cup quarter-final draw determined?

At the 1954 FIFA World Cup, the top two teams from each group advanced to the quarter-finals. Strangely enough, all four group winners ended up in the same bracket, and the runner-up teams faced each ...
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Does an off-pitch defender break offside? [duplicate]

Let’s say a defender is injured and leaves the pitch for treatment just outside his goal-line. If an attacker of the opposite side then receives the ball in a position which would previously be called ...
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In La Liga or Premier league, can you contest a yellow card after the game and take it off?

As the title suggest, anyone know if the yellow can be contested in la liga or premier league and taken off ? If they can, are there limits to how many contest etc? Thank you
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Why do VAR take a while to decide errors if they are supposed to be “clear and obvious”?

A lot of times I'm watching a soccer game and a call goes to VAR. The VAR people review it for a while (and for an offsides it feels like they go down to the inch). This doesn't make sense because it ...
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How often have goalkeepers gotten assists in the Premier League?

In last week's Premier League action, Ederson, the goalkeeper for Manchester City, actually got an assist for İlkay Gündoğan's goal against Spurs at the Etihad. That made me wonder how rare such an ...
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In football (soccer), at what point(s) does the possession of a team start?

For example, the defending team touches and stops the ball but suddenly, an attacking player gets the ball. Can we say defending team gained possession once?
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Can VAR still intervene for a penalty call review even if the possession has changed so many times?

Home team player has been fouled inside his/her opponents’ penalty area. The referee says play on. Home team loses the ball and away team starts a counter attack. Away team loses the ball and home ...
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Did Coppa Italia break the Laws of the Game by using only random bits of the temporary amendment to Law 3 instead of the whole thing?

As you probably know, the IFAB issued a temporary amendment to Law 3 allowing for more substitutes to be used during a game if the organizers of a competition wish so. However, the text of the ...
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Can match officials take decisions which are not written in the book but seems correct in a common sense?

For example, there is no such rule which states a player cannot get in contact with opposing team’s goalkeeper in goalkeeper’s 6-yard box. However, in the local league, the referees gives a foul ...
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What is the difference between the FIFA disciplinary committee and FIFA players statutes committee?

when does the disciplinary and the other committee has jurisdiction over issues and violations? does it has a direct trigger on its own initiative on matters. For example: delay payment of salary for ...
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Does a football referee have a duty to prevent a team from using more substitutions than they're allowed to?

AS Roma lost a game against Spezia in the 2020-21 Coppa Italia because they exceeded the number of substitutions they were allowed to do, mistakenly thinking they could go for a sixth one in extra ...
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Can a throw-in be re-taken in football (soccer)? [duplicate]

During corner kicks, players sometimes commit an infringement against their opponent just before the ball is in play. Then the referee blows her whistle because she is either warned by another match ...
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Does playing advantage count as a restart in football?

According to Law-5, the referee cannot change the restart decision once the play restarted. He/she can only issue disciplinary action for the events happened before the restart. In this context, does ...
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Can the referee cancel the goal in such case?

In the following scenario, can the referee cancel the goal? The ball goes out of play. A fight begins between to player of different teams. The referee warns both players, ends the fight and restarts ...
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Yellow card or direct red card for an offense that happened 10 minutes ago?

Can a football referee show a yellow card or a direct red card for an offense happened ten minutes ago, simply because they realise that they gave an incorrect decision for not showing the card for ...
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Direct red card for an event that happened 10 minutes ago?

Can a football referee show a direct red card to a player because of an event happened 10 minutes ago? Assume that the game was played in those minutes.
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The goalkeeper finds the ball first with his hands, is it a penalty?

In this play: At the play starting at 16:25 and more specifically at about 16:58, the keeper touches first the ball and secondly possibly touches the opponent's feet. ...
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Why are all the fans in football games in the same part of the stands rather than spread out?

I understand there's a limit to the number of fans due to coronavirus, but why are they all just in one quadrant of the stands with the rest of the stands empty rather than spread throughout the whole ...
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How does the height of a Football Player affect that player [closed]

Does the height of football player really matter Physical strength like muscle strength has a lot of importance in football but does height really affect a player I know being too short like below 5 ...
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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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A question regarding the offside rule in soccer

My question is simple, why does the offside rule require 2 rival players between the attacker and the goal line rather than 1 non-goalkeeper? Is there a specific goal (i.e. A scenario where it makes ...
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How to keep an eye on the offside and the ball going out of play

I’m a relatively new assistant referee. How do I keep an eye on both the offside line and whether the ball has gone out of play?
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How is the fastest man of the match calculated?

Fastest man of the match is reported in kms/hr. How is this measured during a game, and is every player monitored for speed?
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Who scored the most penalties in one season in the UEFA Champions league

Which player scored the most penalties in one season in the UEFA Champions league?
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Other purposes of the centre circle

The only reason I know that the centre circle exists in international football is to keep players out of the region before kickoff. What are the other uses for it, if any? It would seem to be an ...
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Did the winners of the “golden ball dream team” received a real physical golden ball award made of gold?

France Football this year gave an award called "the golden ball dream team" to the best players in each position of all time in soccer. This is different to what they do each year, where ...
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Soccer shoe modifications?

I played many sports in my youth, but to my loss almost never soccer. As my kids and wife have recently gotten into it, however, I have started to learn more about it. In every sport I'm aware of the ...
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Is it common across professional team sports that player agents are paid by clubs and not players?

For instance, when a football/soccer player transfers from one club to another, his agent is paid by the clubs, even though the agent is supposed to be representing the player. Is this true in all/...
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What happens if the last two teams from the UCL pot are draw together in the round of 16, but they are from the same country/group?

If teams from the same country or group cant be draw together, so what if the last two teams available are from the same country or group? Do they redraw it? As far as I know, they move on to the next ...
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Did Maradona ever score a goal with his right foot?

I was hearing one of Pele's declaration stating Maradona couldn't score goals with his right foot. I thought he was talking in general, but then I started to think about goals made by him with his ...
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Why is AS Roma already qualified of the round of 32 after 4 played rounds?

In the Group A of the UEFA Europa League 2020/21, AS Roma is already qualified, but my question is WHY? Look at the table after 4 played rounds: AS Roma has now 10 points. When AS Roma loses the ...
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In what circumstances, the referees would make the ball stop and drop the ball to restart?

I am playing a mobile game "DLS2021" and one of its new upgrades is that when the ball touches the referee, the game stops and then the referee needs to drop the ball for the team which was ...
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Will I lose muscle memory for a sport if I've been injured for a few months?

I play football(soccer) and I've gotten a knee injury for about 4 months now and I should be fully fit by the end of the year. Will I get significantly worse when I return or will the muscle memory ...
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Ethics/commonality of sports teams scoring more points at end of a game they are clearly winning

In general, is it considered unsportsmanlike to continue scoring points at the end of a game that has clearly already been won? Or is it generally the standard that teams continue to score points as ...
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How to decide winner in football if match ties in extra time?

In Cricket if the Super Over also ends in a tie, the winner is typically decided by the number of boundaries scored throughout the match. So how they decide the winner in football if match tie in ...
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VAR check after match end?

Man Utd were awarded a match-winning penalty at Brighton following a VAR check from referee Chris Kavanagh - after he had already blown the full-time whistle. A question: According to the literature, ...
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In American soccer, why is it that the women’s soccer league clubs are not allowed to implement the ‘Designated Player Rule’?

Why isn't the ‘Designated Player Rule’ rule, which allows the men's soccer league teams to sign star players, also been applied in the NWSL just as it is in the MLS? Thus, the women's clubs are ...
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Why isn't the playing time for women players in sports like soccer shortened in a similar way in which the playing time for women's tennis is?

If women playing for shorter periods of time makes for better marketability in tennis, why isn’t the same logic applied to other (even more) physically grueling sports like soccer where players play ...
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Why does League Two have more promotion places than the Championship and League One?

There's something I've always wondered regarding the Football League's structure: There are three teams promoted/relegated between the Premier League and the Championship; There are three teams ...

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