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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Playoff/Final-4 style end-phase in football

I recently read that the Turkish football federation has introduced some sort of a play-off/final-4 phase to the top division football, where the top 4 teams play 2-leg matches against one another ...
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Why odd number of players? [closed]

Almost all the games and sports involve an odd number of players. And most the games involve 11 players, eg: football, cricket, hockey etc. And other games like basketball and all have 5 which is ...
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Why is the rule of match suspension in Spanish league different?

I have heard that the suspension rule in Spanish league is different from rest of the places and tournaments. In all the leagues and tournaments I have watched it is 2 yellow cards or 1 red card for ...
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Why do we have to wait for the goal line technology to be put into practice [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why is FIFA against adding instant replay to the game? After watching England's world cup match i was eagerly waiting for FIFA to introduce the goal line technology. But it ...
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Is the sweeper role obsolete with modern formations?

There has been mention of a role in defense of football called "Sweeper". Wikipedia gives the following explanation. The sweeper or libero (Italian: free) is a more versatile type of Centre back ...
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Tactics to counter pushing

What are the best tactics to use against a player who uses excessive pushing? I play with a group of about 20 guys each week without a referee. Every now and then a player will come along who relies ...
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Rules around shepherding in football

In many ball sports played in Australia there is a familiar term "shepherding". Wikipedia describes it as this: "Shepherding is the act of legally pushing, bumping or blocking an opposing player ...
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Squeezing the ball between two feet and hopping across the field

On occasion you see sometimes players try this tactic where they squeeze the ball between two feet and hop across the goal line in an attempt to score. This is usually kids learning the game or adults ...
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In football, what rules handle a player changing their position with the goalkeeper?

In football it is my assumption that any players on the same team can exchange their positions without waiting for the ball to leave play or without making any explicit indication to the other team. ...
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Advantages of 4-2-3-1 formation

Barcelona has clearly been one of the most dominant sides in European football in the past few years. They often play a 4-2-3-1 (or sometimes 4-3-2-1) formation. Is the primary advantage of this ...
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What football formations have been most prevalent in the English Premier League since 1992?

There are a handful of sites (example) discussing formations and their popularity, but few discuss what is popular in certain periods in specific leagues. What I'm looking for is an overview of what ...
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Any website has live report events of a football match? [closed]

I am looking for a website which tell you events of a football match when a match is running in details like: freeshot, change player, player injured, shoot, goal ... events ! Does anything like that ...
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Should players in the wall jump to defend a free kick?

Sometimes all players in the wall will jump to prevent the ball being kicked over the wall. This then leaves a gap at the bottom, through which a low shot can pass, and through which Ronaldinho scored ...
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What are the advantages/disadvantages of the triangle formation?

Based on limited research that I've done recently, it seems that the triangle formation is an attacking formation used primarily by midfielders to advance the ball by forming a rotating triangle ...
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Why is FIFA against adding instant replay to the game?

Is there any evidence or reason why FIFA is so against adding instant replay to soccer? I find myself seeing many unlucky or just plain wrong decisions made by refs that could be corrected with ...
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What factors give a "Home Advantage" and how big is it?

Often you hear about the team whose ground the match is being played at having a "home advantage". During a discussion with a friend they said teams go as far as to style the opposing teams changing ...
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What is the on-field role of the captain?

After watching the John Terry "stripped of captaincy" episode in the England national football team, my question is what exactly does the captain do on the field? The team tactics are decided by the ...
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Why are substitutions commonly made right at the end of the game?

I often see the manager of a winning team making substitutions as the end of the game nears (sometimes as late as during injury time). The player being replaced is not injured, and doesn't time get ...
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How do defenders score goals when part of a formation

When playing in a 4-5-1 or 4-4-3 formation you are meant to stay in your zone on the pitch. The defenders need to be part of the back 4 and not move into the forward postions. How then do defenders ...
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Where did the term "soccer" originate? [closed]

It seems that currently America is one of the only countries that uses the term "soccer" to refer to what the rest of the world calls "football". What caused the Americans to start using this term ...
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How is offside determined in football?

The offside rule on the pitch is often unclear and called suddenly. How do I know if a player is offside?

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