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What is the stuff referees spray on the ground in Football matches?

It's called "Vanishing foam". It is used by the referees to indicate the minimum distance the players must maintain from ball, in the event of a free kick, as well as the spot from where it is taken. ...
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What is the sports bra looking thing soccer players wear?

They are performance trackers. They track a player's vital statistics (heart rate, etc) as well as their movement. Their average speed, their distance covered, etc. As for the "bra-like" design, it ...
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Why do batsmen usually ask a fielder to tie their shoelaces?

It's just a matter of convenience. If a batsman has to tie his own shoelaces, he has to remove his gloves, and also look around his pads. Try wearing pads, kneeling down, and tying your shoelaces. ...
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Are the gender differences in Olympic uniforms simply a style choice? Whose choice?

The precise rules for clothing are published by the international sport federations (FIVB for Beach Volleyball, FIG for gymnastics, FINA for Swimming etc.). Typically, they consist of basic rules ...
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What is the sports bra looking thing soccer players wear?

GB11's answer summarized it well what are the tracking devices. From the YouTube page of GPSSports Systems you can see that what Zlatan wears is called GPSports SPI HPU tracking device, which ...
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How can I prevent football/soccer net theft?

In general, the "anti-vandal" or "anti-theft" refers to the goal frames themselves, rather than the nets; there's very little you can do if someone is actually out to vandalise the net with a big pair ...
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Usage of unusual characters in sports shirts

The FIFA equipment regulations mandate: 7.6 The letters used for the Player’s name must be (...) Latin characters. Phonological diaeresis, such as accents or umlauts, are permitted. So the answer ...
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How many tennis balls are in use at the same time?

New balls are requested by the chair umpire after the first 7 games of the match, and then every 9 games thereafter. It is done this way since the players warming up with the first set of new balls is ...
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Why Cricket Uniform has full pants, even though player need to run?

Cricket has its origins as a gentleman's summer sport as opposed to football which has traditionally been a working man's sport. Cricket has hence had high clothing and cricketers have been very well-...
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How can I prevent football/soccer net theft?

I can suggest you one of those three solutions: use it without net except during official games, on these occasions you should assemble and dismantle the net with a consequent loss of time add wheels ...
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What does "TON" indicate on cricket bat?

"TON" is a brand name of cricket bat manufactured by Sareen Sports Industries (also known as SS Cricket), an Indian cricket supply company.
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Shoes and shirts after football matches?

According to this article: The kit man takes three shirts per player to each game – one per half, plus a spare for emergencies. Afterwards, he collects and launders them, ready for next week. ...
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Is there a regulation about the shape of the posts of a football goal?

As with much of this stuff, this is explicitly covered in the Laws of the Game. In this case, Law 1 The Field of Play, Goalposts (page 9): The goalposts and crossbar [...] must be square, ...
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What kind of ball is used in the FIFA World Cup?

The FIFA regulations on the ball are found in FIFA 2014/2015 Laws of the Game (PDF), Law 2: LAW 2 - THE BALL Qualities and measurements The ball is: spherical made of leather ...
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What are the characteristics of goal posts in football?

According to FIFA's Laws of the game PDF The size of the goalpost is 7.32 m (8 yds) x 2.44 m (8 ft). The distance between the posts is 7.32 m (8 yds) and the distance from the lower edge of the ...
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Why have some MLB managers stopped wearing uniforms?

Major league players, managers and coaches are required to abide by strict uniform guidelines. They are required to be in uniform, but can also wear other team apparel on top to stay warm. However, ...
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Is there a rule for when K-Balls are used?

There doesn't seem to be an explicit line in the rules for when to use them. The only mention in the rulebook is in Rule 2: SECTION 2 - SUPPLY Each team will make 12 primary balls available for ...
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What do the referees check when controlling the shoes of football players?

The check at the start of the game is a simple safety check. There are no specific rules governing types of footwear except that they "should not be dangerous". In practice this means that the ref ...
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What is the "Magic Spray"?

It contains anesthetics. When players get hit or tackled they could be in great amount of pain, but their team still needs them to play. The physicians apply the spray and the injured body part goes ...
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What is the "Magic Spray"?

The spray is actually a burst of very cold water/mist with ingredients to help/make it cool (I don't have one on hand to know what is inside). The term 'magic' can refer to its history and the ...
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Why are tennis balls not airtight?

Tennis balls are mostly airtight. They're made of rubber covered with felt; the rubber is quite good at keeping air in, but not perfect. Some of the answer as to why they are not more airtight is ...
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Why is racquet abuse banned in tennis?

Racquet abuse is not the only offense that can lead to a point penalty in tennis. Kicking a bottle, throwing a bag, or using profanity will often lead to a warning from the chair umpire, if not a ...
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How can I choose a type of golf ball to play with?

There are balls for every level of player--literally hundreds of different models to choose from. You should never spend $50 on a dozen of Pro V1's if you are having to ask which ball is right for you....
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What happens if a player loses a shoe during a football match?

Generally, footwear is a part of the basic compulsory equipment, i.e. no player can play barefoot: The basic compulsory equipment of a player comprises the following separate items: […] ...
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When do teams wear their away jerseys at international level?

The FIFA Equipment Regulations state (Article 65): In the event that, in the opinion of the referee or Match Commissioner, the Playing Equipment of the two opposing teams is not clearly ...
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How do I make my table tennis paddle's rubber less sticky?

I realize this is an older question, but I think my answer might be useful to other people with the same or similar questions. Anti-spin rubber can take the spinniest of serves and return it ...
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Why do some soccer players wear small shin guards?

I play with the smallest possible shin pads. i don't like any padding around my ankle. as a striker i need to have a clean hit of the ball. I find with ankle protection that doesn't always happen. ...
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Why do some soccer players wear small shin guards?

Shinguards came about because soccer used to be played literally with boots, big huge things, and the preferred method of kicking the ball was with the toe. If you missed, you kicked the shins. That ...
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2014 New Table Tennis ball material rules for ITTF

Up until recently, all table tennis balls were made of celluloid. ITTF has mandated a change to a new ball, known as the plastic ball or poly ball. The deadline for the use of the plastic ball was ...
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