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The International Football Association Board (IFAB), which is the body in charge of Laws of soccer, passed a set of rule changes on March 2019 for the 2019/20 season. Some of the main law changes were regarding free kicks, goal kicks, drop balls, and handballs. So has the handball rule has been changed or these handball calls we now see are a byproduct of ...


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When the final group game scores have been entered then, and only then, do head-to-head tiebreakers get used. Is this approach correct? It's perhaps correct enough. Group standings while the group is still in progress don't mean anything. When the group hasn't started yet, there is nothing to tiebreak on, and the teams are probably shown in alphabetical ...


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Fundamentally, you don't care what the bookie's margin is. If for a bet of X, your expected payout is 1.70X and the chance of winning is 0.60, then your expected payout is (0.60 * 1.70)X = 1.02X and you're in the money. Assuming your estimate of 0.60 is correct of course... The only disclaimer here is to ensure that your payout is actually 1.70X; if you're ...


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A goal like that can indeed be disallowed for playing in a dangerous manner. According to Law 12: Playing in a dangerous manner Playing in a dangerous manner is any action that, while trying to play the ball, threatens injury to someone (including the player themself) and includes preventing a nearby opponent from playing the ball for fear of injury. A ...


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I'm basing my answer on years of watching soccer while not paying too much attention what the commentators say, and not any official lingo. As a disclaimer, I never played organized soccer either. But you can take a look here and here which aligns with my answer. Position is, well, the actual position the athlete plays. Examples are goalkeeper, center back, ...


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These are all completely different situations. A goal kick can only be taken within the goal area (the 6 yard box). (Law 16) A drop kick means the ball is still in play. The goalie could as well throw the ball to a team mate. Free kicks can be awarded anywhere inside or outside the box (except for the opposing box). They're taken from where the previous ...


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