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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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/Should a referee signal the ball is out of play if there are no AR or CL?

When a referee does not have (neutral) assistants, how should they signal that the ball is out of play? Normally an assistant referee would do so by pointing the flag in the direction of attack for ...
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Pep Guardiola's fashion i.e. sideline dress sense [closed]

I like Pep Guardiola and how he's so into soccer and whatever he's working on. Having followed his career I've noticed on match day he dresses way better than the average manager especially in the ...
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In Soccer, can it be a foul even if the player gets to the ball first?

There is a lot of confusion surrounding this topic, both from media and from fans. For example, in the 2014 World Cup, Gonzalo Higuain was hit pretty hard by Manuel Neuer (with his knee), but no ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Shot on target with deflection - a goal or an own goal

It's generally accepted that if a shot was on target but then deflected from another team's player and went in, then the goal is not considered as an own goal. "Generally accepted", because there are ...
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Is there any rule regarding how quickly a substituted player must leave 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,...
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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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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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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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What is the cause of so many cardiac related deaths in football/soccer?

It was recently brought to my attention that a number of football/soccer players have either died on the field or have collapsed on the field only to die later in a hospital from cardiac related ...
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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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What happens if a team walks off the field during a football match?

On the weekend an altercation between a referee and a play led to their team leaving the pitch. 21 minutes into the game our team was up 1-0 when allegedly the referee said to a player that he was a "...
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Can you keep the ball if it is thrown at the audience?

I have always wondered. Do people keep the balls? What happens?
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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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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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In La Liga or the Premier League, can you contest a yellow card after the game and take it off?

As the title suggest, anyone know if a yellow card can be contested in either La Liga or the English Premier League and taken off ? If they can, are there limits as to how many can be contested?
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Is neck pain a common side-effect when diving?

I've been getting a lot of tightness in my shoulders and neck after doing diving practice. I wonder if it's because of the impact when I hit the ground and my head shakes a bit. Are there any ways to ...
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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 is the fifth in the Big Five of European football leagues?

It's common to refer to the five biggest European football leagues as the Big Five. The four first leagues are: La Liga (Spain) The Seria A (Italy) The Premier League (England) The Bundesliga (...
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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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Is it a foul if no contact is made during an attempted reckless tackle?

If a player in possession narrowly dodges a very reckless and dangerously attempted tackle, but ends up losing the possession, will this still be ruled a foul despite no contact being made? P.S: I ...
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Which soccer players have more goals than games at the club level?

Are there some football players who have better average than 1 goal per game in their club career? Or if we restrict only to one competition, not the whole career? Or to one season of a competition? ...
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Players who won at least 2 world cups?

I know of a few players who won at least 2 world cups, Pele, Garrincha, Didi, Vava, Giusseppe Meassa, Daniel Passarella, Ronaldo are there more?
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How many Africans have won the UEFA Champions League?

If we define an African as somebody born in Africa and playing for an African national team, how many such players have won the UEFA Champions League? We can include Madagascar in this.
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What does this three-number notation mean in football?

What does 0-0-1 and 1-0-0 mean in this notation for two teams at a tournament? Germany (0-0-1, 0 points) vs. Sweden (1-0-0, 3 points)
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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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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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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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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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End of the game: does the referee have to wait for the end of an action to blow the final whistle or can they do it whenever they want?

I was watching today's World Cup game between France and Switzerland. At the end of the game the referee blew the final whistle while the French team was attacking and right after a French player ...
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Why was Messi not on the UEFA shortlist for 2018 Player of the Year?

This is Lionel Messi's 2017/18 season: La Liga Copa del Rey Spanish Super Cup Onze D'or Most goals Most assists Most key passes Most chances created Most dribbles Most MOTMs in Europe's TOP 5 leagues ...
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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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How are third place teams from the UCL group stage incorporated in the round of 32 for the UEFA Europa League?

In its 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 stage of the UEFA Europa League (UEL). As ...
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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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How many assists did Maradona provide for his national team?

I've read many soccer statistics and I'm almost sure there is no current figure of how many assists Maradona provided while playing for Argentina. But all of Maradona's games are recorded and it's ...
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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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Players with 300 or more goals for a single team in all competitions (European clubs)

Having already started a discussion for the players that has 300 or more goals in top flight domestic league for an European club let's distinguish a question for players with more than 400 goals in ...
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How can I improve my shot?

What is the correct way to shoot a football? Please suggest me some drills for improving my shooting power?
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Why were the Argentinian and Brazilian Leagues split in two parts?

I remember playing Championship Manager way back in 1999 and the Brazilian league was split into two different championships and I noticed that the league in Argentina is similar. They both have ...
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How many Premier League teams will play in the 17-18 Champions League?

If Manchester United wins the Europa League, and Leicester City wins the Champions League (everything is possible), and both do not fall into the top 4 in the Premier League, then how many Premier ...

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