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When Neuer left the German's penalty area, Germany were already losing 1-0 and going out of the World Cup. By effectively becoming an extra outfield player, he increased the chance of Germany scoring the goal they needed to draw the match and stay in the World Cup. It didn't work, but that doesn't mean it wasn't the right thing to try. A famous similar ...


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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 that matter, can tell anyone to move into any position at all. Whether they'll be listened to our not is a different question of course, and that's down to the ...


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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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they usually pull the goalie with about 2-3 minutes remaining. This is correct, but only half the story. They pull the goalie when a small amount of time is remaining and the team has control of the puck in the offensive zone. Why you need control of the puck is I hope obvious, why only in the offensive zone: because there's too much risk of losing the puck ...


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So there are really 2 things happening regarding to your question: what you're asking, and what those players are actually doing, which is very different than what you asked. I'll explain both situations. But a summary would be that those plays linked are not about a team avoiding a touchdown. In general as a team you want to score as many points as possible,...


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Lefties play a style of tennis that is almost mirror image to that of a righty. For instance, their forehand (usually their stronger shot) is on the side of the court where a righty's backhand (usually their weaker shot) would be. When they hit a slice serve it curves to the receiver's left rather than their right. Since lefties are fairly uncommon in the ...


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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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Jens Lehmann did it before (National keeper before Neuer) when he scored for Schalke 04 against Dortmund. And here are a few more international ones and this is from my team's league. It is a common tactic when you're behind and need the goal. Especially when another goal against you wouldn't matter anyway you try to get an extra on-field player by doing ...


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YES but it was not a rule This site confirm that, in the early 1900s, tactics were more offensive than now. Also this source and wikipedia confirm that the old off side rules permits to play with those tactics. I think you can find a lot of exhaustive info on the posted links, so I prefer to do not add more.


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If Something works You're playing to win (see akadian's answer for the issues here), and You're not interested in moving up to a higher standard of play then by all means keep doing it. However, if you are interested in moving up to a higher standard of play, you'll probably find players and/or teams who are adept at shutting down a one-dimensional player,...


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As you pointed out, offenses usually run the clock down to 4 seconds before attempting a game tying or game winning field goal. You can see examples of the offense stopping the clock anywhere from 1 second to 5 seconds, but 4 seconds is the most common. The idea is to run the clock down to the point that the other team won't get the ball back after the kick,...


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The easiest to imagine scenario is actually not uncommon. Runners on first and second no one out. Hit and run is called for by the offense. Sharp liner to the second baseman on the bag he is moving to cover Second baseman catches the ball, steps on the bag and tags the runner coming into the bag The question now is A. has this happened, and B. what was the ...


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Generally, men move faster on court and have a more powerful smash - this is plain visible in Mixed doubles, where the man often covers three fourth of the court, and in smash statistics, where men are up 30km/h or more. On the other hand, the defensive ability of top women is very close to that of the men. For these reasons, a high shot to the back to a ...


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Marathons are a competitive sport. Runners want to finish with both the best time they can manage and ahead of other runners. Long distance running is a juggle managing your energy and reserves while not hurting yourself. Runners often find that the competition of pacing someone produces an overall pace a little faster than they might have thought ...


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The movement created by swing bowling is dependent on the air flow across the smoother and rougher areas on the surface of a cricket ball (point 12 here: Physics of cricket). If the ball isn't symmetrical in shape then keeping a "rough" side pointing in a particular direction and therefore swinging the ball at all may be difficult to control/impossible to ...


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Nothing is ever obsolete in football, it always works in cycles. At the moment the defensive midfielder (a sole one as opposed to a two) has a prominent role in intercepting and conducting attacks however that may change when they begin to get exploited down in the space located to the sides of the position they cover. Another potential reasoning for it's ...


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Although the answer depends greatly on your skill, the volleyer's skill, and your respective positions on the court, conventional wisdom says topspin if you can hit it well. Topspin causes the ball to drop quickly (because, moving forward through the air, the friction between the spinning ball and the air creates high pressure above the ball and low ...


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It is hard to find example play calls compared to offensive play calls. Here is a picture of a play call sheet Basically the coach would relay this to his middle line backer who would either call the play in the defensive huddle or use signals to communicate in a hurry up environment. The different packages are called from the side line and personnel is ...


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Are you playing in a league where the goal is to win every game or pick-up games where you play for fun? In a league, if you have a shot that has 100% accuracy and your opponent has no way to prevent you from shooting, then you owe it to your team to abuse the setup. There's 4 things that can happen. Your opponents complain, the league bans the setup/shot, ...


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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 just coach. In lower tiers, clubs with financial or management problems that can't find a coach, would play following the directions of the captain and/or the ...


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I should preface this by a disclaimer that I am by not means expert, just a regular fan who occasionally watches a game. You can often see Manuel Neuer playing outside of penalty box, basically in the position where you typically see one of defenders - even in normal situations, not only near the end of a match. See also Style of play section of the ...


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Spiking the ball stops the game clock from running in general. Perhaps you're thinking of taking a knee as it's done at the end of games to kill the clock. However, the clock doesn't run during the extra point attempts (both for kicks and for 2 point conversions). So teams scoring a point cannot kill more time. You can see references to game clock not ...


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I know drafting might come into play too but to simplify things, let's forget about drafting You can't forget about drafting because it is a huge effect in road racing; quoting from How much benefit do we really get from drafting? in Cycling Tips: Studies have shown drag reductions of between 27% and 50% for riders that are drafting When a team in the ...


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In the modern game there are two kind of wingers: wing-backs and attacking wingers The difference between a wing-back and a full-back is that the former has more attacking duties, mostly because there are no wide midfielders or wide attackers in the team. Usually a 5-defenders formation contains wing-backs, where you have 3 center backs, so the two side ...


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Short Corner kick This is most of the time the option chosen if they have no real player who can head the ball in. Corner kick to back post This one is the most trickiest of the options I would say. Giving a good ball to the furtest goal post can be difficult. It all has to be (fairly)good: speed, height, direction are very important. 5cm too high and it'...


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I might as well add something the other answers missed out on. Once in a long while, a team receiving a fair-catch can elect to do a free-kick from the point where the fair catch was called and caught. There have been very few occasions of these and even then, they are usually done in the last seconds of either half.


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Yes it is for safety. The main reason is so your returner doesn't get his ass rocked. For instance you could have a punter specialize in punting the ball high 30 yards. Coverage would be on top of returner. If he catches it without a fair catch he will be maimed. If he doesn't catch it on a turf field the punt could bounce for 60 years. Turf does come ...


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Nothing's changed. The ideal is still to save your timeouts to the end in case you need to be able to control the clock late in a half. But these coaches aren't doing anything different. The key word in the sentence above is "ideal"--it's not uncommon to be able to accomplish that, but it's also not uncommon not to be able to. Avoiding a delay-of-game ...


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I haven't seen a pro team use a sweeper in YEARS. It's not about man-to-man marking, it's about pressuring the ball, getting the team compact behind the ball and blocking all the dangerous/penetrating passing lanes. You will always see the 4 at the back in a straight line when defending and staggered on possession. Any smart forward will play in line With a ...


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I have played as a defender against some very frustrating strikers with larger frames. The good ones lean back a bit, expecting some contact, and concentrate on shielding the ball. They don't let a small push from the defender's body disturb their play, and know that an obvious shove in their back using both hands will result in a free kick. Try practising ...


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