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.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
3
votes
1answer
75 views

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 ...
4
votes
0answers
81 views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
888 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
200 views

Champions League team distribution

How does UEFA decide how many teams per league are allowed to qualify for the Champions League tournament?
4
votes
2answers
321 views

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.
11
votes
1answer
2k views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
65 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
177 views

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%...
2
votes
1answer
78 views

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 ...
-2
votes
2answers
1k views

Use of VAR when taking corner kicks

Why doesn't the VAR get used at corner kicks, very often the ball is outside the semi circle, should a team score from the corner kick, should it be allowed
4
votes
2answers
217 views

Why do referees suddenly care so much whether or not the goalkeeper has a foot on the goal line during a penalty kick?

During the Women's World Cup 2019, the Nigerian goalkeeper defended a penalty kick in the 75th minute only for it to be retaken due to the fact that she did not have a foot on the goal line as the ...
3
votes
1answer
89 views

Group Stage Qualification Conundrum

We've had a bit of a situation in a tournament and I just wondered how other people would have solved it. See attached image for details. We had 3 teams who were very equal on many/all of the ...
3
votes
1answer
567 views

In football, a player is to be cautioned if he 'shows a lack of respect for the game': what does this mean?

Although the Laws of the Game say a player must be cautioned if he's guilty of unsporting behaviour, a direct definition of what constitutes "unsporting behaviour" is never provided (apart from a very ...
4
votes
1answer
380 views

How many potential different endings are there for a football match?

To narrow down the scope of the question, I mean a scenario of a World Cup final where by end of the day one of the teams is declared a winner. E.g. there's a team scoring more goals during normal ...
4
votes
1answer
186 views

In football, how should the referee deal with possible offside situations involving attacking/defending players off the field of play?

I personally think this is one of the most confusing aspects of the Laws of the Game. In particular, I'm referring to these two paragraphs (Law 11.4): (Defending players off the field of play) ...
6
votes
2answers
1k views

In football, do player wear the same jerseys that are sold to spectators?

In European football, in Paris-Saint-Germain for instance, or other Nike teams in general, and often in lots of european clubs, there are two types of jersey that are sold: A "classic" jersey, at 85€ ...
4
votes
1answer
112 views

If Arsenal wins the 2019 UEFA Europa League final, which teams will represent England in the Champions League next year?

Since all other teams in the UEFA finals except Arsenal have been qualified for the Champions League next year. Will Arsenal (if they win the UEFA Europa League final) replace Tottenham or Chelsea for ...
3
votes
1answer
247 views

Can the goalkeeper release the ball at their own goal, then save it from going in?

In this YouTube video (should start at 13 seconds), the goalkeeper releases the ball, involuntarily aiming it towards his own goal. Would he be allowed to save it using his hands? I read in this ...
5
votes
1answer
344 views

If an English qualified team is banned from the champions league, who takes over the vacant spot?

As of the time of this question, there are talks that Manchester City may be banned from the UEFA Champions League 2019-20 competition. If a top-four English Premier League team is banned, who takes ...
5
votes
1answer
106 views

Highest point for second placed team in Premier League

Premier League 2018-2019 just ended. Manchester City is champion with 98 points. Liverpool is second with 97 points. Is a second place with 97 points a record ?
3
votes
2answers
3k views

Is there anything preventing all the players on soccer team from standing in the goal box for defense?

Say you have a team wanting to only play defense. Could all 11 players (1 goalkeeper plus 10 other players) literally stand in the goal box, essentially forming a wall, to prevent the other team from ...
1
vote
1answer
209 views

Youth soccer - Is it unsportsmanlike for the winning team to pull their goalie because he is bored?

I coach 13 & 14 year-olds in a community soccer league. Many of the more skilled players also play for clubs, but they enjoy the community soccer league because they can play with the friends they'...
3
votes
1answer
199 views

Throw-in directly into the goal

At the international playing level, has anyone ever thrown the ball directly into the goal, from a throw-in? Directly meaning, without touching a member from either team, including the goalie. It ...
3
votes
1answer
3k views

Can you be offside from a goal kick?

Can you be offside from a goal kick? Looking for official FIFA laws.
6
votes
1answer
73 views

What was a "try" in ancient football?

This article (archive link) about the Scottish team Berwick Rangers centenary refers to the first competitive game: The fishermen of the Greens also formed a football club around the same time, ...
2
votes
1answer
197 views

How does the VAR decide which camera to use?

On April 17, 2019, in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal second leg between Manchester City and Tottenham there were some requests to VAR. In particular, one was made regarding Llorente's goal in ...
1
vote
0answers
72 views

Is there a database of soccer match stats which include VAR calls?

I am wondering if there is a database compiling match/player stats for leagues (or maybe UEFA Champions League) which have VAR in place. I'm particularly interested in stats surrounding VAR itself, ...
3
votes
2answers
163 views

How can Real Madrid poach players from its near-peers?

Real Madrid is evidently in pursuit of such high profile players as Kylian Mbappe and Sadio Mane. Both those players are young and good...and valuable. Any world-class club would like to build around ...
-2
votes
1answer
94 views

Football yellow cards and red cards

Can a player be given a red card for just 45 second, after which he will be allowed to continue playing again?
1
vote
0answers
43 views

Can a keeper pick up the ball after receiving the ball with his feet? [duplicate]

Say the attacker is actively pressing the keeper. I have seen in situations keepers picking up the ball but I am not sure of the exact rules.
6
votes
1answer
165 views

Champions League qualification from Premier League

The Premier League table right now looks like the following. If Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea and United finish at 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th position respectively and Chelsea and United win Europa League and ...
4
votes
1answer
134 views

When is the ball out in football?

In this video of Ajax versus Real Madrid, accompanying an article, you can see around 2:22 that there was much controversy about a ball being out or not. With the help of the VAR it was decided after ...
2
votes
1answer
108 views

Referee stopped match mid-game and lost control, what happens?

On the weekend the ref was blatantly giving all the decisions to the home team so was recieveing some grief from the sidelines. On the 52nd minute one of the away players said to the home player 'How ...
4
votes
1answer
313 views

Meaning of '4:1 (3:0)' as score in football (World Cup match)

I'm looking at Fifa data on the France vs Mexico World Cup match in 1930, the score is presented as 4:1 (3:0). Looking at the 'goals scored' section I see 5 goals have been scored, all of them in ...
2
votes
0answers
55 views

Defensive goals and assists

Yesterday in Liverpool’s 5-0 win versus Watford, Liverpool defenders scored 7 goals or assists. Is this a record, in the premier league or, for that matter, any form of pro-football?
2
votes
1answer
547 views

In UEFA competitions, could a team forfeit a game and still qualify? [closed]

My understanding is that, in UEFA football games, a forfeiting team is awarded a 0-3 score (defeat) against the opposing team. If, in a competition, a team wins the first game 4-0, could the same team ...
3
votes
1answer
92 views

Can a trainer force a player to be substituted?

In the final between Chelsea and Manchester City, Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa refused to be substituted, enraging his coach Sarri. Apparently, a few years ago, Messi acted the same way with his coach ...
2
votes
3answers
113 views

Why don't weak/medium teams pass ball among themselves in the defense against strong teams rather than losing ball in a buildup to attack

My reasoning: This would tempt the stronger side to move forward, since there are same number of players in each side (11), it would be difficult to disposes them at the same time it gives them the ...
1
vote
1answer
936 views

Can I wear a hat while training or playing a soccer match?

Can I wear a woolly hat in a soccer training session, and can I wear one in a match?
2
votes
2answers
497 views

Is it offside if the ball is passed by an opponent?

When two defenders (opponents) are playing the ball between each other and it then deflects off one of them to an attacker in an offside position. If the attacker then take possession of the ball, is ...
3
votes
3answers
622 views

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 ...
2
votes
0answers
95 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
333 views

Can an opposing player take the ball from the goalie, inside the goalie's area, when the goalie has placed it on the ground to kick it [duplicate]

Can an opposing player take the ball from the goalie, inside the goalie's area, when the goalie has placed it on the ground to kick it? The ball is no longer in the goalie's hands at this point, but ...
1
vote
2answers
2k views

In football, is it offside if an attacker passes backwards but it deflects forward of a defender?

An attacker passes the ball backwards but it hits a defender and deflects forward to another attacker coming from an an offside position. The attacker gains control, turns and shoots toward goal. Is ...
2
votes
0answers
81 views

Is the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as Man Utd caretaker is the first case of "borrow" a manager in football history?

From the report of BBC, there are one sentence that make me attention: United's statement announcing Solskjaer's arrival as caretaker manager made no mention of whether or not he will return to Molde ...
1
vote
1answer
214 views

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.
1
vote
1answer
52 views

Round of 16 champions league

How will the round of 16 draw work. 1 pot group winners, 1 pot runners up, yet Liverpool can't play PSG or Man City so what happens if they are drawn together
0
votes
1answer
6k views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
93 views

Committing fouls during celebration time [duplicate]

If a player scores a goal and in the time between the goal and the kick off again, if an opponent player pushes or punches the goal scorer, what kind of action is taken? (The conceding team might do ...
0
votes
1answer
264 views

Two yellow cards before one is shown [duplicate]

Is it possible for a player to be sent off for two yellow card offences before the first yellow card has time to be shown? e.g. where the referee plays advantage after the first offence.

1 2 3
4
5
21