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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Age restriction

How does the age restriction rule applies in football, is there any regulation by FIFA or CAF. If a player is registered while under age, will that player still be eligible to play under that age ...
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New Goal kick rules and when a keeper can pick up the ball [duplicate]

On a goal kick if the keeper has a teammate standing in front of him can he flick the ball off off this player's butt and pick up the ricochet?
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Where does injury prevention exercises fit in a middle school soccer practice session?

I have been coaching 7th grade soccer for about two seasons now, going into my 3rd this quarter, and I want to include some sport injury prevention exercises in my 1 hour and a half practice session. ...
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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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In soccer, is it a foul if a player kicks a goalie's hand when trying to kick the ball?

At a soccer game last night I was playing goalie. The ball was bouncing around in front of the net, and I was trying to grab it with my hand while the opponent was trying to kick it into the net. ...
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Soccer team lineup announcement time

Ignoring player positions, Is there a time by which a soccer team lineup has to be announced? I'm looking at English Premier League in particular. I.e. Is it known at least X minutes before kick-off ...
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Is Drop-kick allowed when free kick is awarded inside the box

On Sunday, in Liverpool vs United, on 93rd minute Mata was given offside, both the refs had given offside (they showed offside signs and ref whistles too). Alisson caught the ball and took a drop-kick ...
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Can physios receive red cards?

I've seen several times people on the bench receiving yellow or red cards: substitutes, manager... I wonder if a physio can be sent off, consequently he can't heal a player anymore.
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Salah's goal assisted by Alisson Becker was not offside why? [duplicate]

Mo Salah's goal against Manchester United was not awarded offside. Plz tell me why as I did not understand it clearly.
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Confusion on offside rule

While watching the Liverpool vs Manchester United Premier League game in January 2020, I got confused on the offside rule when Salah scored a goal. Salah was well offside when Allison passed the ball ...
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Which soccer player played for the most national teams?

Alfredo Di Stéfano back in the 50's-60's played for Argentina, Colombia, and Spain. Many soccer players played for 2 teams, but that's the only case I know of someone playing for 3 teams. Was he the ...
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Where to get soccer data per period?

I have searched for period data in soccer - like number of goals in 15,30,45,60,75,90 mins (15 minutes interval) - but I can't find any. Do you know any site giving this data?
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Who receives the yellow card if no one approaches the ball to shoot a free kick?

A yellow card is usually given to free kick candidates when, in order to gain time, they take too much time to shoot. Usually, especially for defensive free kicks, the candidate is clearly identified ...
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What happens if kicks from the penalty mark are drawn indefinitely?

In football, what is the rule when both the team score equally indefinitely in kicks from the penalty mark? Do they keep going and going or will they toss or something to decide the winner?
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So’ton abbreviation

Why do some sports media and broadcasters (eg Sky Sports) routinely abbreviate Southampton FC to So’ton when they don’t abbreviate other, longer club names? For example, take the PL fixtures from this ...
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Who was chosen the best soccer player of the 1958 world cup, Didi or Raymond Kopa?

In this video, tv sport journalist Maldini claims in the 1958 world cup, Raymond Kopa was chosen the best player of the world cup over Didi, Pelé, Garrincha and Vavá. Best 11 soccer players of ...
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In which situations is a soccer player allowed to switch national teams?

In the past, soccer players could switch national teams almost as they wished. For example, Alfredo Di Stéfano played for the official all ages argentine, colombian and spanish national teams. Later, ...
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How much did soccer players run during a match back in the 60's in top level competitions?

I was watching a Youtube video by a sports journalist who is known as the journalist who manages the most amount of soccer statistics in the spanish speaking world. I myself have written some ...
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Which football team has spent the most money buying players over the last decade?

Which football club in the world has spent the most amount of money over the past 10 years?
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What is the greatest number of free kick goals scored by a player in professional football? [duplicate]

Which player has the most goals from free kicks in professional football history?
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What is the longest set of consecutive matches a player has managed to score in Europe’s top 5 Leagues?

How many matches in a row has a football player managed to score in Europe’s Top 5 Leagues?
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How to hit a knuckleball shot in football?

What is the physics behind a knuckleball shot? What makes the ball to take such an unpredictable course?
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Which Asian player has the most goals in Top 5 European leagues?

Which Asian player has the most goals in Top 5 European leagues?
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Is Ajax the first team not to qualify for the next stage (because they ended up 3rd) with as much as 10 points?

Last Tuesday, group H of the Champions League 2019/20 was decided, and the Dutch football (soccer) club Ajax ended up third place with as many as 10 points, failing to qualify for the next round since ...
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Why did penalty kick success rates suddenly drop from 2004 to 2005?

As featured in this answer, the penalty kick success rate in the Premier League was 92.3% in 2004, and consistently around 95% in the preceding seasons, but in 2005 it dropped to 77% and has stayed at ...
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Is penalty success rate increasing over the time?

As time goes by, the knowledge of football increases. And we learn more and more ( at least on paper) about how to shoot penalty better. Do the insights actually help football players in taking ...
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How do player-managers substitute players in football?

First of all, player-managers, when they play, should focus solely on the game - and not individual players - to be effective, so they shouldn't be able to know exactly how well individual players are ...
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Is there any rule regarding how quick a substituted player must abandon the field?

It's common for football players that are being substituted to "gain some time" by walking slowly out of the field, when it is in their team's benefit. Referees tend to tell them to hurry up, but many ...
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Second yellow in football

If a player deserves a second yellow should play stop immediately or can advantage be played and then the player sent off later?
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Why aren't UEFA Champions Leage group matches synchronized?

Most matches start at 20:00, but some start at 17:55. Neither the time difference, nor the weather, nor even the television rights holders seem to be able to logically explain a shift for a certain ...
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Interrupted Advantage Play

I am struggling to understand something about the advantage rule in football. What should happen when there is given advantage by the ref and after that there is a handball (talking about Ajax vs ...
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More than 11 players

Is there any instance of more than 11 players from one team, on field during a professional football match? If yes, then what action was taken against the team?
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Proportion of straight red cards in European football

What are the statistics on the proportion of straight red cards that are shown in European leagues? That is, red cards that are shown immediately, rather than after two yellow cards.
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Playing without boots [duplicate]

Today during Arsenal vs Crystal Palace, Pierre Emerick Aubamayeng's boot came out after a tackle and he couldn't retrieve the ball, but in case if he managed to retrieve the ball, is he allowed to ...
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Have the three goalkeepers of a squad ever been used during a World Cup?

Usually, the same goalkeeper plays all the games during the competition, and I rarely saw the second goalkeeper playing, even less the third one. Have there been occurrences of teams having their ...
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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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What happened to Polish football in 2014? [closed]

I'm Polish and for my whole life I could just dream of spectacular successes of our national team, like in the 80s. However, about the year 2015 something changed, a lot. Our team started to mean ...
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For an average Champions League team, is it financially more worth it to go through to knockout stages or drop down in to Europa League?

3rd placed teams in the Champions League group stages go into the Europa League. I was thinking, assuming an average Champions League team, is it more worth it (purely financially speaking) to go into ...
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Why do German football clubs have a number in their name?

I am not referring the year of creation, which it seems German are very proud of (FC Schalke 04, Hannover 96). Why do some 1.Bundesliga or 2.Bundesliga teams have the number one and a dot: 1. Here ...
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Is there a football based game and training for two players?

How can two players play a football based game, so that they can develop the necessary skills to play the actual game (when played with team) and at the same time enjoy the game?
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What is the highest number of consecutive matches lost by a football player?

Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) lost his 20th consecutive game in the Premier League. So I wonder which players have done worse than that ?
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Is there any point in training medium-fast running for football?

I define medium-pace running as fast running but where you aren't actually going all-out. Say fast all-out sprinting is what you can hold continuously for less than 2 minutes, and let's say jogging ...
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Defensive strategy for U14 football

I've managed the same group of underage boys players for the last 3 years. At U11, offside didn't apply, and I didn't concern myself with defensive strategy. At U12, where offside did apply, I ...
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Why is special case of handball above the shoulder allowed under the revised IFAB rules (2019/2020)?

According to IFAB's recent changes to the rules: It is usually an offence if a player: touches the ball with their hand/arm when: the hand/arm has made their body unnaturally bigger ...
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Champions League team distribution

How does UEFA decide how many teams per league are allowed to qualify for the Champions League tournament?
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What is the maximum number of red cards a club has received in a single game?

What is the maximum number of red cards a club has received in a single game? Please include any relevant match/ player details.
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Can a goalkeeper chip the ball to the head of a teammate from a goal kick to circumvent the backpass restriction?

If you've been following the 2019 International Champions Cup, you've certainly not missed Benfica's unorthodox goal kick against Milan (clip on Twitter). If you can't see the video, just know the ...
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Taking the ball after scoring penalty [duplicate]

Why do players intend to take the ball with them after they have scored a goal? In addition to this, the opponent players(especially goalkeepers) don't intend to give away the ball. What could be the ...
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Is this match in the 2019 Taça de Macau, the most goals scored by a losing team?

The losing team, Hang Sai, scored 18 goals in this match (deliberately of course). Is it the world record of most goals scored by a losing team? Ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ka_I_21%E2%80%...
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What are the rules for soccer/football goalies committing penalties inside the box?

During the recent Women's World Cup Quarter-Final, the French goalie performed a slide tackle inside the box against an attacker. She completely missed the ball and tripped the attacker. Why wasn't ...

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