Can a goalie handle a headed pass which that player kicked up to himself?


This is not considered a "backpass" offence.

However, by attempting to circumvent the restriction on the goalkeeper handling the ball after it has been deliberately kicked to him by the defender, the defender has committed an act of trickery. It is irrelevant as to whether the goalkeeper ends up handling the ball.

As soon as the defender heads the ball towards the goalkeeper, play should be stopped and the defender should be cautioned for unsporting behaviour. The restart is an indirect free kick to the opponents from where the defender was standing when they headed the ball towards the goalkeeper.

The relevant section in the 2014/15 FIFA Laws of the Game is on p. 123:

Cautions for unsporting behaviour

There are different circumstances when a player must be cautioned for unsporting behaviour, e.g. if a player:


uses a deliberate trick while the ball is in play to pass the ball to his own goalkeeper with his head, chest, knee,...
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Okay, here are some of the main points.

If there is a deliberate 'back-pass' to the Goalkeeper and he picks it up then it is a indirect freekick in the penalty box. If it is headed back, or a miss-kick and not meant to reach the goalkeeper, then the game continues as normal.

This is why you see the goalkeeper hacking the ball away after someone passes the ball back to him.

The rule was brought in around 1992 to stop defensive play at the end of matches (it would get to 80 minutes and the team who was winning would just timewaste and keep pinging it back to the goalie, the Italians were especially good at this, since introduced football has become more exciting and fast-paced).

Why not direct? It was felt that this would be too a harsh of a thing to do. A penalty should be a foul against a player or a handball - stopping a goal. An illegally-handled backpass would not necessarily prevent a goal.

I like the rule. Although it was confusing at first, it has...

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Chemistry Styles are an easily-missed way to add huge improvements to your individual player ratings in FIFA 17 Ultimate Team, allowing you to tailor stat boosts from high chemistry for each player as you wish.

As we dicuss in our main FUT Chemistry Guide, we can't emphasise their importance enough, with the stat-modifying add-ons able to increase individual attributes by up to fifteen points each, rather than the standard 5 across the board. With that in mind, we've put together a quick guide below helping you choose which positions to couple those all-important Chemistry Styles with, and why - meaning no more scratched heads and inefficient Styles ruining all your hard work in the transfer market.

What are Chemistry Styles in FIFA 17 Ultimate Team and how do they work?

Effectively, they work by increasing a set number of player attributes - like Sprint Speed or Crossing - which are categorised and shown under more general groups in FUT, such as 'Shooting'...

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the score

the record of goals that indicates who is winning. The final score is the result that decides who has won the match . Can also be used as a verb, e.g. the attacker scored a beautiful goal

to concede

to allow a goal in, the opposite of scoring a goal. For example, Ghana conceded only four goals in the World Cup qualifying group 2

a goal

a successful attempt at scoring achieved by putting the ball over the goal line into the goal past the goalkeeper. For example, Gyan Asamoah has scored a beautiful goal for Ghana

an own goal

a goal scored accidentally by a member of the defending team that counts in favour of the attacking team

the lead

when a team scores first it is "in the lead", i.e. winning the match at the point of scoring. For example, Fabrice Akwa's early goal gave Angola the lead after 72 minutes but the final score was 1-1 (one all)

an equaliser

a goal that cancels out the opposing team's lead and...

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This article will go through the training module in Football Manager 2011, how it works, what all the sliders do and how to utilise them properly. All info presented in this article is factual, confirmed by the developers either through personal messages or through the official SI forum. Any speculative information will be noted as such.

The original article can be found here;

Training Categories

There are 9 different training categories. Two of them are fitness related, two of them are goalkeeping related, and the other 5 are general training. All categories affect visible player attributes only, and you can read more about what player attributes do and how they interact with each other in the Player Attributes Explained article.

The first important thing to know, is that all affected attributes in a training category have an equal chance of increasing. As an example; the strength training category affects natural...

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The “How to Speak Football” image was created by Kaplan International. Click here to see the original article or to discover how you can study English abroad.

Soccer vocabulary Football expressions Football-related idioms


match: two teams playing against each other in a 90-minute game.

pitch: the area of a field where footballers play a match.

goalposts: markers used to determine where it would count as a goal.

penalty area: rectangular area marked out in front of each goal, outside of which the goalkeeper cannot handle the ball.

a draw, a tie, an equaliser: an even score at the conclusion of a game or match

extra time: a further period of play added on to a game if the scores are equal, and a draw is not an option i.e. in the final match of a tournament.

half-time: the time at which half of a game is completed, especially when marked by an interval.

full time: after the allocated time for...

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The Beautiful game” has evolved over the years – be it in philosophy, tactics, formation or most importantly the rules. Most of the current rules of football were moulded based on “the historic meeting at Cambridge in 1863 which also led to the formation of the famous Football Association. The rules of football have undergone tremendous amendments over the years, change built on change.

Primitive football had several things which are unthinkable in the modern age. This includes playing without crossbars, bare handed goalkeepers, and the famous all-black football boots. More importantly, there have been two changes which are important facets of the game i.e. abolishing the tackles from behind and the introduction of the controversial back-pass rule.

Why the Back-pass rule was introduced in football

In the early 1990s, it was permissible for the goalkeeper to handle a back pass. This meant that when the ball was deliberately passed to the keeper; he could catch...

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As a soccer goalie, you must adhere to most of the same fundamental rules as the rest of the players. There are certain rules that apply only to goalkeepers, most of which relate to the fact that you are able to handle the ball with your hands inside the penalty box, whereas field players are not. You also must abide by certain equipment rules if the team or league you play in follows the Federation Internationale de Football Association, or FIFA regulations.

According to FIFA's Laws of the Game, a goalie must wear a different color uniform that distinguishes you from the rest of your team, as well as the opposing team and referees. Just like field players, goalies must wear appropriate stockings, shin guards and soccer cleats. Jewelry is not allowed.

As a goalkeeper, you are allowed to handle the ball with your hands within your penalty area. You can catch any ball that is shot, headed or passed by the opposing...

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Sports verbs

How can you describe the actions you do in different sports in English? Here's a list of common sports verbs.

What you do with a ball (with your hands)

pass = throw the ball to another player on your team
"Pass the ball quickly!"

throw = push the ball into the air with your hands
"She threw the ball into the air."

catch = take the ball with your hands when someone passes to you
"Her team member caught the ball."

serve = begin play (for example, in tennis)
"She served an ace."

return = hit the ball back (for example, in tennis)
"He returned the ball to continue the rally."

ground = make the ball hit the ground (especially in volleyball)
"He grounded the ball and won the point."

bounce = make the ball hit the ground and come up in the air again
"The ball bounced once and the player hit it back over the net."

hit = make contact with the ball
"He hit the ball...

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assistant referee Assistant referees used to be called 'linesmen', but the term was changed in 1996. official who runs one of two touchlines and advises the referee, esp. on offside decisions corner kick The referee awarded a corner kick after the goalkeeper tipped the ball over the bar. a free kick taken from one of the corners of the pitch defender Defenders include left backs, right backs and central defenders. a player whose main role is to prevent the opposition from scoring dive Many people see diving as a form of cheating and think players who dive should be sent off. to deliberately fall over when tackled in order to deceive the referee into awarding a free kick draw The game ended in a draw, with each team having scored two goals. finish a game with an even score; tie extra time We won the game by scoring the only goal in extra time. two periods of 15 minutes each played when a game ends in a draw after normal time foul The referee blew his whistle and gave a penalty...
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