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Can the captain change players' positions without permission from a coach or manager?

Other than the goalkeeper, there are no positions defined in the Laws of the Game, so nobody needs "permission" from anybody play anywhere on the pitch. The captain, or anyone else on the team for ...
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Why do footballers (and coaches) cover their mouth when speaking to each other?

The general belief around this is that they do not want to give away important tactical information to their rivals on the pitch, or watching on TV. Another common belief is that actually they are ...
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Why did Japan stop to play just before the game ends on a match vs Poland?

I didn't watch the game, but from what I've heard, the result of the Colombia-Senegal game meant that Japan were still set to qualify from the group even though they were losing 1-0. However, as they ...
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Why do footballers (and coaches) cover their mouth when speaking to each other?

The players cover their mouths so no-one can understand what they are talking about. This is not something new, but as games are covered with more cameras in more angles the mouth covering becomes ...
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Why do NBA stars keep playing in playoff blowouts?

Wikipedia lists quite a few comebacks from deficits of 25+ points in the 3rd or even early 4th quarter. The odds are certainly small that a team would turn it around, but even a glimmer of hope to ...
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Why do NBA stars keep playing in playoff blowouts?

As it is mentioned in the question, the stars are pulled out with a few minutes left in the game. How early they are pulled depends on the point differential, the coach, and the team's momentum. In ...
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Are the way that substitutions are utilised in soccer optimal?

Your question is somewhat subjective and the answers (or at least this one) might be found to be opinion based. But for me there are a few factors to consider: You only get 3 substitutions You want ...
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Why did Japan stop to play just before the game ends on a match vs Poland?

The Japan vs Poland game was happening at the same time as the Senegal vs Colombia game. At the end of the games Poland and Colombia were winning their games by one goal. Given the standings Colombia ...
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Football coaching

Being a coach doesn't require to be a good player at all. The requirements to become a football coach vary, but a bachelor's degree in sport coaching education, physical education, or exercise and ...
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What makes Stealing Signs wrong?

Stealing signs is "wrong" because Baseball's history goes back to the 1800s, when it was more of a "gentleman's game" (as compared to, say, American Football) and things like stealing signs would have ...
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Can the captain change players' positions without permission from a coach or manager?

As stated by @PhilipKendall, there's no rule delimiting the functions of coaches and players. And to add to that: there's no rule that forces you to even have a coach present, nor for the coach to ...
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Can a trainer force a player to be substituted?

Not really, no. Law 3.3, Substitution procedure says if a player who is to be replaced refuses to leave, play continues indicating that the referee has no power to enforce a substitution, and ...
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Why do footballers (and coaches) cover their mouth when speaking to each other?

It's because they don't want to get their lips read, not in the match but after that. Usually when you are playing a team sport, you have various codes, more or less hideous, that are useful to ...
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Youth soccer - Is it unsportsmanlike for the winning team to pull their goalie because he is bored?

Yes, it is disrespectful. They're mocking their opponents with actions like these. It's basically saying "We're so awesome we don't even need a goalie against you". There are better ways to prevent ...
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How to coach a player out of bad habits?

By using the principles outlined in "The Art of Learning" by Josh Waitzkin and "Body Mind Mastery" by Dan Millman, I have seen the greatest results from paying attention to Balance, movement ...
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How many times in the NBA history was the Coach of the year fired?

Following are the Coach of The Year award winners that did not come back to the team the next season: Dwane Casey - Toronto Raptors (17-18) George Karl - Denver Nuggets (12-13) Pat Riley - Los ...
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Motivating players to train on their own time

Instilling motivation, at any age, is typically a problem most coaches face. It’s a tough challenge to balance fun against hard work regardless of the age group. That’s why direction from the coach ...
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Football coaches who have won multiple FIFA World Cups

Jill Ellis has won consecutive FIFA World Cups in 2015 and 2019 as a coach, the second person to do so. Source: Wikipedia
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Training ideas for goalkeeper/wicketkeeper

Here's some good equipment for goalkeeping: Rebound net Reflex football And wicketkeeping equipment: Katchet RampSmall rebound ball
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How do player-managers substitute players in football?

First off, a playing manager is not blind. Even on the pitch they'll see who performs and who doesn't. And they'll quite frequently communicate with their assistants. Anyway, there are several ways ...
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Basketball shooting practice appears to have little effect over time

Few studies are available, however one study I could find to date indicated that shooting 3000 shots in a 4 week period resulted in no improvement to FG%. This holds true at 6000 shots over 10 week ...
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Does a manager ever warm up two pitchers with the same handedness?

There have absolutely been instances of this. The manager pointing to the handedness of the pitcher he wants is more of a formality. Almost always, when it is the manager himself walking out to the ...
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Motor skill: Let speed come naturally?

The following citations don't speak to starting slow, but they confirm that speed and accuracy increase with practise. It is interesting that with practice, [...] limb trajectories get faster and ...
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Manager coaching third. Was that ever common?

Managers did take on the role of third base coach (or rather, did what is now the job of third base coach) early in MLB history, though by 1952 it would have been more rare. See this wikipedia entry ...
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Does learning by teaching apply also in sports?

Yes, you very much can. Tennis is a very technical sport and often times we tennis players slack off on technique, causing unforced errors or become lazy, not positioning ourselves properly. We often ...
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Why did Japan stop to play just before the game ends on a match vs Poland?

Poland was eliminated regardless, they wanted to go out with a win. The match between Senegal vs Colombia was happening at the same time with Senegal losing 0-1 as well and if result had stayed (0-1 ...
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Why did NBA coach of the year Dwane Casey get fired?

I don't think that it's entirely accurate to say that Casey built the club to the current success that it is, because quite frankly, I don't understand how he's been the coach for as long as he has. ...
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Why did NBA coach of the year Dwane Casey get fired?

Quite simply, Dwane Casey could not advance past the Cavs in the playoffs. Most franchises get impatient when the next step in the process to achieve a certain goal, in this case, a finals appearance ...
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How does the coach communicate in multilingual national teams?

In regards to some American sports leagues (NBA, for example) teams will supply an English "teacher" to the player that doesn't speak the language and will rely on the common language of sport. It is ...
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