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It would certainly be allowed, but it would likely be a failed strategy in soccer. In professional soccer, you only get 3 substitutes per game. If you burn one on pulling out your keeper, then if you accomplish your goal and tie the score, if you go to overtime, you're stuck with no keeper on the field. So subbing in a field player for a keeper is ...


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Let's start from the end. The best player who plays "false 9" today is, without any doubt, Lionel Messi. There isn't one definition of a "false 9", but I will try to explain it from my understanding. "False 9" is generally a player who isn't a pure striker as defined in the past. This player will drop deep into the field to be a part of or start the ...


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Sports governing bodies come down very, very heavily on teams deliberately losing - a very similar example to the England/Belgium World Cup situation is from badminton at the 2012 Olympics, when the teams which deliberately lost were disqualified. FIFA would almost certainly deal with any blatant deliberate losing in the same kind of way; see also a cricket ...


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There is no law stipulating who has to take the line-out throws. To see why it is the Hooker's job, we can consider a process of elimination of the other positions. First, it should not be any of the backs, since they will be needed to execute backline plays (or defend against them) once the ball is cleared from the lineout. Consider then the forwards. ...


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I think you need to distinguish two separate attributes here: First, there are team sports, meaning multiple individuals work together, vs. individual sports. And second, there are sports where the participants react to each others' actions vs. sports where the participants' performances are each measured on some objective scale and the best performer wins. ...


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We cannot say for sure what the exact reason was, unless Van Gaal goes out and specifies why he's put in Krul instead of the starting GK Cillessen. Here are some relevant facts tho: Cillessen is 1.88 m whereas Tim Krul is 1.93 (as recorded on Wiki page for respective players). So there is a 5 cm difference in their height. How that difference reflects to ...


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As has been noted, keepers do sometimes come up to act as an attacker during the game, though they are never really subbed out for another attacking player. A couple things to keep in mind from The Laws of the Game. Players Page 15: "A match is played by two teams, each consisting of not more than eleven players, one of whom is the goalkeeper" Page 16: "...


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Typically, a fair catch is called when no yards will be gained if a return was attempted, e.g., when a player of the kicking team is going to crush the returner the moment the ball touches him. It allows the receiving team to safely retain possession while saving the defenseless returner from taking a crushing hit from a player moving at full steam. So yes, ...


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I doubt something like AS Adema 149–0 SO l'Emyrne will happen here. FIFA has some fair play regulations giving them the possibility to act accordingly and they're warned. It will be possible to disqualify a team trying to lose deliberately. The Regulations for Russia 2018: Rule 5.4: On entering the competition, the participating member associations and ...


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It's hard enough to score in American football when you have half an hour to score in. Trying to score when you have 0:30 left in the game? Nearly impossible, if you're on your side of the field. The fundamental problem here is that the defense knows what's going on. They know you have 0:30 left, and need to get to the 30 yard line or so in order to kick ...


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Video - Matt Holiday did this in an extra inning game against the Brewers in 2014 with the game tied 3-3 and a runner on 3rd.


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You don't see this in soccer. If a team is desperate to score a goal, the goalie comes out of his net and plays in the middle or front. For example when there is a corner kick, the goalie could go all the way to the opposite box to score. However, this happens often in indoor soccer. The goalie comes out at the end of the game replaced by an attacker. But ...


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Basically the squib kick is used at the end of the half or end of the game to run out the clock, and keep the ball away from a top of the line return guy. You basically pooch it down the field so someone bigger has to pick it up and run with it, instead of putting it in the hands of the other teams return specialist. According to Wikipedia: The Squib ...


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Game theory comes into play in American football play-calling. To simplify the game, consider that the offense can run either a running play or a passing play. The passing play generally has potential for more yards gained, but less chance of success than a running play. The defense, on the other hand, also chooses a play that is either focused on ...


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It means the team without the ball, moves higher up the pitch to put pressure on the team with the ball, with the idea of getting the ball back or forcing the other team to make a mistake. Say, teamA has the ball near their own goal. Then teamB will start putting pressure on teamA, by moving higher in the direction of teamA's goal. Players of teamB will ...


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The biggest difference is in the number of Defensive Backs on the field for the play, and you would use the dime defense to prevent the mid to longer range passes. A couple of explanations below will help clarify it for you. While it is great in the pass game, it does leave the defense susceptible to the run. In American football, the dime defense is a ...


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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 were tied with Senegal on points and goal difference, conceding another goal would knock Japan out and send Senegal through instead. If Japan pushed forward in ...


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The New Jersey Devils used a similar setup back in the mid 90's. It was so revolutionary that it knocked fans out of their seats -- and into their beds ;) The 1-3-1 is a type of neutral zone trap, which many teams will employ situationally at different points in the game. It is a natural evolution of the single forechecker on a penalty kill, and is often ...


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Motorsport often fits this scenario - i.e. one team with multiple "players" (drivers) on track competing against many other teams and specifically in the case of Formula One, there is a teams' (Constuctor's) championship that they are playing for.


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There is no requirement to have a wicket-keeper at all times. However, according to Law 40.1: If by his actions and positioning it is apparent to the umpires that he will not be able to discharge his duties as a wicket-keeper, he shall forfeit this right and also the right to be recognised as a wicket-keeper He will therefore not be allowed to keep ...


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I cannot speak to cricket, but in baseball there is a system of who has precedence in a fly ball situation: Outfielders have precedence over infielders Infielders have precedence over the catcher and pitcher Catchers have precedence over the pitcher When it comes to who has precedence within the outfield, or infield it is as follows: The center fielder ...


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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 win an extra game in a series seems monumental. Additionally, by pulling your starters you encourage the opponents to do so as well. By keeping your stars ...


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There is a game I played in primary school that we call 'Rob the Nest'. This is the only thing I can think of that satisfies all the criteria It is team game Multiple teams (usually 4) play simultaneously and there can be only 1 winner Players need to react to the actions of the opposing players This is not a 'race', it is a game like football etc where ...


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First of all, to a question like this - there are no correct answers. As we do not know what went through van Gaal's head, we can merely speculate. One reason could be that Cillessen hasn't saved a single penalty during his professional career, as reported by a dutch newspaper. However, if I'm not mistaken, Tim Krul hasn't got a very good record either - so ...


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Simplest solution is to go for a strict force-a-side defense. There's at least some chance the defender can watch both the disc at the current handler and keep track of Bob's actions in the corner of the eye. If the marker on the handler enforces one closed side, the defender can put himself clearly on the open side and watch both. Of course, there's no ...


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Bullpen specialization is a relatively new phenomenon. And there are a ton of factors that come into play, but I'm going to keep it simple here. First and foremost, almost ever pitcher is more effective if he pitches fewer innings in an outing, if he pitches fewer days of the week, and if he throws fewer pitches when he does pitch. It's important to also ...


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It's a bit hard to be specific without more details, but the reason is the same as everything else: to gain a tactical advantage. Some common examples: If one of your substitutes is better at serve reception and/or defensively than one of your starters, you put the substitute on when they are in the back row, and then reverse the substitution when they ...


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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 the NBA teams often go on runs where they outscore the other team by a wide margin in just a few minutes. It is not uncommon to see a team outscore their ...


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TLDR: The answer is more or less "FIFA takes the action it feels like taking". We can look at examples and speculate, but that's about it. ..with that said: This has already happened, in a lower status international tournament, the 1998 Tiger Cup. Quotes from Wikipedia: This tournament was marred by an unsportsmanlike match between Thailand and ...


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As a tennis player (and competitor), I'll first and foremost say that no professional Tennis player will ever admittedly throw a game. Throwing a point is never beneficial, and throwing a game early in the set is likewise worthless. That being said, the only time it would be "strategic" to throw a game is if you were down 2 breaks (essentially 5-1) in a ...


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