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 to choose two best losers [duplicate]

In a competition of 12 teams, 6 team qualified after winning their matches. 3 Lost their matches during regulation time. 2 lost their matches after playing goalless draw via penalty while 1 lost ...
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Ball placement for corner kicks in soccer

Increasingly I see players preparing for a corner by placing the ball on the extremity of the corner quarter circle. What advantage are the players trying to gain by placing the ball here instead of ...
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How many European cup finals have been played in the stadium of one of the finalists?

How many times has the Champions League, Europa League, Cup Winners' Cup, or European Super Cup final been played in the stadium of one of the finalists? What were the results of each match?
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Under a financial point of view which is better for a low-intermediate club, to go to the Champions or Europa League?

If a low-intermediate club depends only of itself on its last game to finish on 4th or 5th on its Major National European League, which one would be the better option, considering a financial point of ...
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TST7s team didn’t qualify Australia can we still keep the tickets [duplicate]

If you get allocated TST7s tickets and your team doesn’t qualify to be in the World Cup, can you keep the tickets and still attend.
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EPL Injury Record for a single team

What is the record for the most number of injuries suffered by a single team in a single English Premier League football match?
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What do you mean by a matchday in football?

Does matchday in football (soccer) mean the day a match was scheduled or the day it was played? Also how can a matchday occur on two different days? For ex- matchday 25 below.
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In football, are there any post-match repercussions for not upholding the spirit of the game?

These include offenses that are committed during the game, but not penalized by the referee. Feigning an injury Obstructing the vision of the referee during a key moment Damaging the ball Fighting ...
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When and why did English football teams begin stopping play for medical emergencies in the crowd?

Over the course of the 2021/22 Premier League and EFL Championship seasons, I've noticed that, about once a month, games are getting temporarily paused due to medical emergencies in the crowd. I don't ...
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Can the referee in a football match request a video review?

In pro soccer, can the referee request VAR to analyse an incident even though there is no warning from VAR to the referee?
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How many headed goals did Pelé score in his career?

There are several posts in internet claiming Cristiano Ronaldo is the player with the most headed goals in soccer history. When I believe this can be true, I wonder how many did Pelé score with his ...
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Is a physical Silver Ball still being given in the Golden Ball awards ceremony?

I remember an interview with Paulo Futre in spanish tv, where he went to it showing his physical silver ball awarded in the golden ball awards. Even though I can't find the segment of that interview ...
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How many official goals did Pelé score in his career?

Many websites are reporting Messi to surpass Pelé's amount of official goals, 758 to 757. Most career goals in football history Messi overtakes Pelé However, the IFFHS states the amount of Pele's ...
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Does being the player who kicked the ball, when the opponent scores an own goal, count as an assist?

I'm seeing a lot of comments saying Messi gave an assist because an opposing Nantes player changed the direction of a ball kicked by Messi, and this action lead to a goal against Nantes. I've even ...
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Soccer slide tackle

A player is onto goal, he dribbles pass a defender and shoots but the defender slides him and he misses the goal. What should the referee do: If it was in the penalty area? If it was outside?
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How many assists did Johan Cruyff give for his national team?

Transfermarkt lists Johan Cruyff's assists when playing in clubs with full detail as being 148. Johan Cruyff career stats. However, it doesn't list Johan Cruyff's assists for his national team, ...
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What is required for a football throw-in to be legal?

Is it correct for a football throw-in to be legal that: The thrower needs to be outside the playing field Both feet must be in contact with the ground The ball must be thrown from over head with both ...
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What additional tackling rules could the NFL adopt from Rugby in order to improve safety?

For many years the NFL has been changing the rules to improve player safety. How do tackling rules differ between Rugby and NFL? What additional tackling rules could the NFL adopt from Rugby in order ...
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Which was the first soccer match a player placed himself lying behind the barrier to stop a free kick?

In a lot of matches against Lionel Messi, when he is about to execute a free kick, a player of the adversary team places himself lying behind the barrier to prevent Messi of trying to pass the ball ...
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Does a penalty count against a shutout in football?

In soccer, if a goalkeeper does not save a penalty that happened during the game (as opposed to during a penalty shootout) do they still get a shutout? I was just curious because I know that in a ...
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Size of football pitches in England and European countries

I recently enjoyed watching home fixtures of Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United. Then I thought about the size of football pitch with those played in other European top tier leagues. The ones in ...
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Which soccer players have been selected best player of the Copa América more than once?

I know that Lionel Messi and Enzo Francescoli have been chosen the best player of the Copa América twice. It happened in 2021, 2015, 1995 and 1983 respectively. Are there other soccer players who have ...
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Are there stats on how many successful dribblings has Lionel Messi made with his national team?

According to several wikis, Q/A websites, etc. Lionel Messi holds the record of most successful dribblings in World Cup matches. Not sure where these stats comes from but apparently it was made by ...
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Why does Lionel Messi "have" to leave Barcelona?

From the Lionel Messi wikipedia article (emphasis mine): On 1 July 2021, Messi became a free agent after his contract expired, with negotiations on a new deal complicated due to financial issues at ...
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A player doesn't want to take a kick during kicks from the penalty mark

I happened to see the final of Women's football at Tokyo Olympics between Canada and Sweden. Since there were quite a few saves and misses during kicks from the penalty mark, I have a hypothetical ...
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How can I legally watch all uk sports without sky or a tv aerial

I want to watch the uk premier league matches, however, I have no way of getting a tv aerial or a satellite dish for sky. I cannot get bt sport either. My only option is to get something online. I ...
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Is there a word for a goal scored between the opponents posts (as distinct from an own goal)

If a player plays the ball between his own posts it is called an "own goal" and a goal is awarded to the opponents. Is there a similar word for a goal scored correctly between the opponents ...
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How is a basic year of European soccer made?

I'm so damn confused every time I want to try to watch some european soccer to know what league is currently playing or what are the current stakes or anything. Every time I try to sit down to look ...
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What will champions league authority do if the champions don't qualify for the next season's tournament?

Suppose a team won the Champions league this season (say Chelsea) but in their current league season they finished outside of the fourth place (say Chelsea finished fifth in premier league). Are the ...
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Is carrying the ball with your mouth legal in soccer?

I have an old deflated soccer ball that I play with my dog. Often he will give up on kicking it and pick it up with his mouth. I say this is cheating. He insists it is not. This got me thinking: If in ...
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Why is there no match for third place for the UEFA Euro 2020?

Today I turned on the TV and wanted to watch the game for third place of UEFA Euro 2020 between Spain and Denmark, but there was nothing. Why is there no match for third place? In the FIFA World Cup ...
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Are there any situations in football where the clock would be stopped? (except half and full time)

Are there any situations where a game's clock might be stopped that is not full or half time? Or is there nothing that could stop the clock that would not cancel/postpone the game outright?
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Is stoppage time representative of the true time that was lost?

As far as I know, stoppage time is at the discretion of the referee. When the half time is full, they decide the time that is to be added by themselves, at their discretion, and then after that amount ...
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Is there a correlation between goalkeeper height and penalty save rate?

A tall goalkeeper can be quite intimidating for a penalty taker. Is there any research or statistics that actually shows that there is a correlation between goalkeeper height and penalty save rate?
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Has there ever been a Euros or World Cup champion that never conceded a goal?

Going in to their Euro 2020's semifinal match against Denmark, England haven't conceded a goal. Jordan Pickford, the goalie, has had 5 clean sheets in the tournament so far. Has there been a World Cup ...
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Why do Italian football teams tend to be so different to teams in other countries?

In particular I've noted two features about Italian teams that are fairly uncommon (not unknown, but uncommon) elsewhere, especially in other major football nations: Stadium shares are very common ...
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Who was that specific goalkeeper who was so agressive he earned a red card?

Somewhere between 1996 and 2002 perhaps when I was a child, I distinctly remember seeing a bald goalkeeper getting a red card in either one of the World Cups or European championships. Sadly I can't ...
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Is stoppage time always followed in football?

If a team is winning by a cricket score in football, is stoppage time always played? Or can a referee put an end to it early?
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Who is the best loser at a knock out tournament between a 2:2 and a 0:0 [duplicate]

It was a top 6. First match a team lost 3:2 on penalties after 0:0 score at regulation time. The other one lost 4:3 and the other one lost 4:3 on penalties after 2:2 draw on regulation time Who is the ...
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Why did Messi pass this penalty kick?

Why didn't Messi kick at the goal and passed instead? Perhaps I have not seen a scene like this before and after it. Was there a particular reason? In 17 Impossible Things Only Messi Can Do - With ...
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Which French player was offside?

In last night's France v Germany encounter, France toward the end of the match, had a goal disallowed for offside. Pogba played the ball to Mbappe, who was doubtfully offside. However Benzema, who was ...
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Can a player be part of a team's backroom staff during a tournament?

In England, as part of the build-up to the Euro 2020 (2021) tournament, there has been much discussion between fans about the inclusion of both Jordan Henderson and Harry Maguire - who have either ...
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Fouls by the goalkeeper when in possession of the ball

Is the ball considered to be in play or out of play when the goalkeeper has possession? What should be the restart if the goalkeeper commits a foul/misconduct when he has the ball in his hands?
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Which soccer/association football statistic gives the most comprehensive assessment of a player in his or her position?

There are defenders, midfielders, forwards and goalkeepers. If I want to compare non-keeper player to player, which statistic is the best? In reply to answers below, if the synergy is important, is ...
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What does Offside means in soccer? [duplicate]

I am a long time baseball fan and now I am learning about soccer/football. When I am watching soccer on TV and there is a soccer player that has the ball running away from a defender. If the player ...
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How many goalkeepers scored goals in the old First Division?

As of May 2021, six goalkeepers have scored goals in the English Premier League: Peter Schmeichel, Brad Friedel, Paul Robinson, Tim Howard, Asmir Begovic, and Alisson. Is there a record of how many ...
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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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