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This is required so that teams are able to change sides of the field for the same technical reasons why they change sides at half-time, e.g, equal field/weather conditions, wind direction, fan seating, etc. Note that now rules (Law 7 - The Duration of the Match - 2. Half-time interval) explicitly state that: Players are entitled to an interval at half-...


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The answer is actually quite simple here. Côte d'Ivoire prefers to be referred to this way. Here's Wikipedia: Therefore, in April 1986, the government declared Côte d'Ivoire (or, more fully, République de Côte d'Ivoire) to be its formal name for the purposes of diplomatic protocol, and officially refuses to recognize or accept any translation from French ...


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Referees and FIFA are now trying to prevent diving with more frequent punishments as part of their ongoing target to stop all kinds of simulation in football. The game's rules now state that: "Any simulating action anywhere on the field, which is intended to deceive the referee, must be sanctioned as unsporting behaviour" which is misconduct ...


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There is another problem with applying instant replays beyond just interrupting the flow of the game. It all stems from the nature of football in sometimes lacking breaks in play for quite some time. So how will this cause a problem? Well, let us say that the referee is allowed to use a radio link to the video referee. A long ball is played up to player X, ...


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Indeed Olympic football rules are different for men and women tournament and preliminary (qualifying) and final (Olympics) competitions: Men’s Tournament All players participating in the preliminary and final competitions of the Tournament shall be born on or after 1 January 1989. However, a maximum of three male players who do not meet this age limit ...


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When the ball is in play, the assistant referee will do their best to remain in line with whichever one of the second closest defending player to the goal line; the ball; or the halfway line is closest to the goal line (p.86 - FIFA 2014/15 Laws of The Game). They will generally side-step, only running facing the goal line when required to do so to keep up ...


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The FIFA ranking procedure is detailed here The basic logic of these calculations is simple: any team that does well in world football wins points which enable it to climb the world ranking. Each team points are calculated in a four-year period. Calculation of points for a single match is calculated in the following formula: P = M x I x T x C ...


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As you say “a tournament”, be aware that different competitions use different rules for tie breaking. When you mention FIFA, the tournaments organized directly by FIFA use the rules described by Dor Cohen; e.g. the official FIFA World Cup 2014 Regulations state in rule 49, paragraph 5: The ranking of each team in each group shall be determined as follows: ...


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why FIFA not just decided to start all four matches simultaneously? Because that reduces the television audience. Having two matches at the same time is bad enough, four matches just makes it worse. Also note that in this case, it's not the round of 16 game (which is group G vs group H) which is the issue, but the quarter-final. You'd have had to have ...


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Today FIFA approved using Goal-line technology in soccer! Football's lawmakers have taken the historic step of unanimously approving goal-line technology systems for use in the sport. World soccer's global governing body FIFA and the International Football Association Board (IFAB) made the announcement following a meeting in Zurich on Thursday. FIFA intend ...


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FIFA Club World Cup is NOT the actual World Cup. The two tournaments are not related whatsoever. FIFA World Cup This is a competition organized by FIFA (Federation Internationale de Football Association). This tournament is played once every four years. This is contested by the 209 member countries. These 209 countries compete in the qualifiers of each ...


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The answer is drawing of lots by the FIFA Organising Committee. The ranking of each team in each group will be determined as follows: a) greatest number of points obtained in all group matches; b) goal difference in all group matches; c) greatest number of goals scored in all group matches. If two or more teams are equal on the basis of ...


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This rule concerns how the teams are ranked after the Group Stage (Round of 32) is done, determining which teams move on to the Round of 16. In each group, there are four teams. During the Group Stage, each team plays the other three teams in their group. For these three matches, each team is awarded 3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, and 0 points ...


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In the world cup the group structure is such that there are 4 teams each in 8 groups. The top two teams from each group advance. The way that the bracket is structured after this advancement is such that it is impossible for two teams in the same group to play each other any earlier than the final. To do this they structure the bracket so that the top team ...


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This is what makes it such a difficult job, and why I can't understand why sometimes people are so harsh on linesmen when the decision is tight. The linesman's optimal place is in-line with the second last defending player. From here he will be able to judge the hardest part of his decision, the placement of the attacker. He will then have to use his best ...


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FIFA has complete control over all footballing activities in the world since it is the recognized regulatory body for the sport of football. Every sport has its own international regulatory body. For example: International Tennis Federation (ITF) for tennis, International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) for athletics, etc. These regulatory(or ...


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Why FIFA not just decided to start all four matches simultaneously? This one is easy as already answered in the other answer. By forcing 3rd round matches of the same group to be played simultaneously FIFA is already losing some revenue. This loss would be even greater if FIFA forced the matches across 2 groups to be played simultaneously. FIFA can ...


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If, after ranking the teams based on the criteria described in A, B and C, there still at least two teams that are equal (i.e., there is no distinct winner of the group yet), those teams then need to be compared further to determine the top team in the group. Example: Team 1, Team 2, Team 3, Team 4 are in a group, After the group stage finishes, you ...


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Actually FIFA has changed some of the rules. Not really an instant replay, but still huge progress. The German company Goal Control has been handed the contract by FIFA to provide goal line technology at the World Cup in Brazil. There will be 14 cameras – seven for each goal mouth – mounted at or near the roof of the stadium, capturing images at ...


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Unlike in cricket, its really hard to stop the game in between a football game. But the FIFA is working really hard to stop this injustice to certain teams (ex: England's disallowed goal against Germany in WC2010 & Chelsea's ghost goal in the FA cup 2010 semi-finals against Tottenham Hotspurs) May be a goal-line camera technology will help FIFA in ...


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As of Oct 2013, Iceland is ranked 46th. Croatia is 18th. Since, Iceland lost -- and with two games still remaining -- the lowest could either be Jordan (70th) or New Zealand (79th). However, New Zealand would have to beat Mexico (24th) and Jordan would have to beat Uruguay (6th). So if Jordan and New Zealand lose their qualifiers, then the lowest ranking ...


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There is NO good reason for the failure to implement video plays in professional soccer. Far from "breaking the flow of the game" it would actually prevent all those ridiculous delays where the players protest the referees decision. When a video replay will reveal the truth there will be no point in arguing, just as there will be no-point pretending that ...


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FIFA's official languages are English and French and it is an obligation for all FIFA referees to speak English and at least one other language. English is used as the default, but during domestic games, it is quite common for the referee to speak in the local language e.g. Spanish in La Liga especially when most of the players understand it. They also use ...


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In the 1987 Presidents Cup, USA were beaten 3-1 by Egypt in Seoul, South Korea. In the same tournament, USA played CD Español in Masan, Thailand in Cheongju, Hungary in Daejeon and South Korea in Busan, all venues also in South Korea. More recently, in 2010, USA faced Australia in Roodeport, South Africa as a warm-up game before the World Cup. This is ...


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This is regulated by FIFA. They require that each team provides two kits for the outfield players, and three for the goalkeeper, and submits them to FIFA before the tournament starts. The process is described in this FIFA document 35.2 Each team shall inform FIFA of two different and contrasting colours (one predominately dark and one predominately ...


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The FIFA world ranking is calculated based on results from all matches a team play: Qualifying matches, friendlies and championship matches. Matches from the last four years count, and it's weighted so that more significant matches and recent results count more. Also your opponent is weighted so that higher ranked opponents gives more points for a victory. ...


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This is all completely valid. As part of Neymar's contact, both Neymar and Barcelona agreed to the value of the release clause - note that under Spanish law, all employees have a release clause in their contracts, and this applies just as much to footballers as to anyone else (for more details, see this ESPN article). PSG made an offer for Neymar which met ...


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Further to previous, the assistant referee remains level with the second rearmost defender for the majority of the time. He/she will only leave this position if the ball is further forward than the second last defender ie. the ball has travelled beyond the defence/attack and is going to the goalkeeper. They do this in case the ball travels over the ...


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This could not be a forfeit under the Laws of the Game as the Laws make no mention of forfeits. So long as the referee (and other officials) are clear as to which player was being substituted, there isn't a problem here - and if the referee wasn't clear as to which player was being substituted, they should not have allowed the substitute to enter the pitch ...


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International match: Australia hold the record for the most goals in an international match for a victory over American Samoa (11th April 2001) in Oceanian 2002 World Cup qualifiers. Australia 31 vs Samoa 0 with combined total of 31. Sources: goalprofits, youtube, CBC SPORTS, Wikipedia World Cup Match: Austria v Switzerland (1954) combined goal scored 12 ...


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