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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If a person won a medal at the Tokyo Olympics, would it be considered a medal won in 2020 or 2021? [closed]

The name suggests it’s 2020, but the setting suggests it’s 2021. It’s the same with the Euro 2020. Would Italy be considered 2020 winners or 2021 winners?
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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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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 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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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 many times?

Here's a scenario. The home team player has been fouled inside his/her opponents’ penalty area and the referee says play on. Then: Home team loses the ball and away team starts a counter attack. ...
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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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