How numbers are assigned to football players?

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The source of my answer defies summarisation, but in this answer I'll put the current convention. I really suggest reading the source (hopefully still available when you read this) for an interesting history.

Now many teams have adopted following convention for assigning numbers as per player positions.

"The Bizarre History of Football Shirt Numbers" by Akshay Mhaskar

Apparently, the numbers were used in football for the first time in 1928, in a match between Sheffield Wednesday and Arsenal. The current, but far from always adopted, convention resembles the then allocation.

NB: For the World Cup 2014, the only rules are that the number 1 must be reserved for one of the keepers and that players are only allocated the numbers 1-23. But note that each competition has specific...

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Squad number, as depicted on the association football jersey of

Tim Cahill

Squad numbers are used in association football to identify and distinguish players that are on the field. Numbers were originally used to also indicate position, with starting players being assigned numbers 1–11. Although these numbers often bear little or no significance in the modern game other than the players' favourite numbers and the numbers available. However, numbers 1–11 are often still worn by players of the previously associated position.[1]

As national leagues adopted squad numbers and game tactics evolved over the decades, numbering systems evolved separately in each football scene, and so different countries have different conventions. Still, there are some numbers that are universally agreed upon being used for a particular position, because they are quintessentially associated with that role.[1]

For instance, "1" is frequently used by the starting goalkeeper, as the...

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American football is a field game that is played between two teams using a ball whose shape might be described as a somewhat pointed oval. One team at a time has possession of the ball and tries to advance it down the field to score points, while the other team tries to stop the opponent and gain possession of the ball. The ball can be carried, passed or kicked, with special rules determining how those can be done and the outcomes of each action. Game action is divided into plays, which typically last only a few seconds. There are many variations of this sport, with the differences being factors such as the number of players on each team, how players can be stopped from advancing and the type and size of the ball and field.

Variations

In a standard game, each team uses 11 players at a time. A small percentage of organized leagues allow teams to use a different number of players on the field, such as seven, eight, nine or 12. Very small high schools, for example,...

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Designing and implementing effective football plays for your team can be a real challenge – even for the most experienced coaches.

Since each and every player out on the field is a specialist, it’s up to the coach to assess his opponent, analyze all the permutations based on down and yardage, and make a well-informed decision on where and how to deploy his players – all in less than a minute after the end of the last play!

And this can be tough – especially when you’re just starting out as a football coach. The goal of this tutorial is to help you understand the basic concepts behind offensive football plays and learn how to communicate those concepts to your players and fellow coaches.

We’ll go through all the important terminology, and provide some useful coaching tips, diagrams and sample plays to illustrate the most important points.

Let’s get started!

COACHING TIP: Your #1 priority on offense should be execution. To accomplish this, you’re...

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History of Printed Jersey Numbers

Jersey numbers were printed to help fans and referees to identify and easily distinguish the position a player plays on the pitch. Numbered jerseys were first won in professional football match by English premier league clubs Sheffield and Arsenal on August 1928. On that day the starting players wore jerseys number 1 to 11 according to their position.

Obviously, the goalkeeper wore number one, the three defenders wore numbers two, three, four and five. They were the right full back, the left fullback and the central defender who wore number five. The midfielders wore number six, seven, eight, ten and eleven. The number nine was reserved for the striker.

Higher numbers were reserved for substitutes since players were not expected to remove their jerseys once they were substituted. The first substitute was to wear jersey number 12, the second wore number 14 while the third wore number 15. Jersey number 13 was avoided...

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There are many different variations of how people play football squares, also known as Super Bowl Squares. Most people play during the Super Bowl, but squares can be played for any other game, or in some cases you can use the same squares for multiple games (Example: NFL Playoffs). Basics of the Game:

Start with an empty 10 by 10 grid. This will give you 100 Squares that you can let your Users select.

Now assign one team to the columns, and one to the rows.

Begin recruiting your Users to join your Football Squares pool. If you use our site to Play Football Squares Online, this will be a much easier process since you can simply email everyone the link to your site and let them choose their squares. If you decide to use a Spreadsheet or Printable Sheet, then this proces will take you a lot more time simply because of having to try and share a single sheet or spreadsheet. Once all the squares have been filled, it is time to assign the numbers. Randomly...
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In team sports, the number, often referred to as the uniform number, squad number, jersey number, shirt number, sweater number, or similar (with such naming differences varying by sport and region) is the number worn on a player's uniform, to identify and distinguish each player (and sometimes others, such as coaches and officials) from others wearing the same or similar uniforms. The number is typically displayed on the rear of the jersey, often accompanied by the surname. Sometimes it is also displayed on the front and/or sleeves, or on the player's shorts or headgear. It is used to identify the player to officials, other players, official scorers, and spectators; in some sports, it is also indicative of the player's position.

The International Federation of Football History and Statistics, an organization of association football historians, traces the origin of numbers to a 1911 Australian rules football match in Sydney,[2] although photographic evidence exists of numbers...

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Key Attributes for the Football Manager Scout Roles: Chief Scout, Roaming Scout and Next Opposition Analyzer

We start off our first guide about the amazing world of Football Manager Scouting by taking a closer look on the different scout roles’ key attributes – providing you a better understanding on how to find the best scouts in Football Manager?

This elementary guide discusses the different aspects of the Football Manager scout attributes and which scout roles they are required for, in order to assign more reliable scouts. Passion4FM divide the types of scouts needed for a successful scouting network into four different roles according to their main responsibilities and tasks.

As we have previously discussed the importance of scouting and increasing the level of world knowledge in terms of improving the level of regens received from the annual youth intake, lets put focus on the Football Manager backroom staffs which shall expand the clubs...

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I started a game in Bundesliga with Bayern Munchen, patch 11.1. To my big surprise, I noticed there are no squad numbers assigned to any of the Bundesliga teams. I checked the editor and Bundesliga says it uses squad numbers. Also, all the players from Bundesliga have numbers assigned in the editor, but they're not showing in the game. Is this a bug or what?

In the squad numbers section, all the numbers from 1 to 28 are assigned to players from Bayern reserve team and they can't be changed. I can't give number 10 to Robben, or 7 to Ribery because they aren't available.

Also, some inactive leagues in my save like the Belgian or Romanian leagues use squad numbers for their players.

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Reuters

Lionel Messi wears no. 10.

Neymar wears no. 10.

Wayne Rooney wears no. 10.

Recent winners of the Ballon d'Or, given to the best player in the world, include Michael Owen,...

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In American football, the quarterback relays to his teammates in the huddle what play the coach has called. The play is a mental blueprint or diagram for every player on the field. Quarterbacks are also allowed to audibilize, or change the play at the line of scrimmage. A changed play is called an audible. Quarterbacks usually audibilize when they discover that the defense has guessed correctly and is properly aligned to stop the play.

Everything the quarterback says in the huddle refers specifically to the assignments of his receivers, running backs, offensive linemen, and center. For example, the quarterback may say “686 Pump F-Stop on two.” Here’s how that breaks down:

686: The first three numbers are the passing routes that the receivers — known as X, Y, and Z — should take. Every team numbers its pass routes and patterns, giving receivers an immediate signal of what routes to run. On this play, the X receiver runs a 6 route, the Y receiver an 8 route, and the Z...

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The 1933 FA Cup Final was the first showpiece match to feature shirt numbers. Everton wore 1-11, Manchester City wore 12-22 in descending order. When numbering became the norm, a pattern emerged. Goalkeepers were assigned number 1, defenders wore numbers 2-6 and midfielders took 6,7, 8 and 11. Strikers were 9 and 10.

In 1979, Liverpool became the first team in England to carry shirt sponsorship but, typographically, little happened until football's commercial explosion in the 1990s. The FA sanctioned squad numbers and names for the 1993 League Cup Final, also contested by Arsenal and Sheffield Wednesday. Those numbers were designed by the teams' respective kit manufacturers, Adidas and Umbro.

As a designer, that was my first experience of typography. Obviously when I was eight years old I didn't know what typography was. But I do remember trying to recreate "Schmeichel" in Umbro's slab serif script in my school sketchbook. After pleading with my mum, she kindly...

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Play the players with the highest potential to succeed in their game that week.

From week to week during the NFL season, you'll be able to slot players in all the major positions, picking your starters for the week. Their performance in their game will gain you points in your game.

Make sure the player is available. Usually, these players will be labeled with an "A" for active. If they're injured or their team is on bye, they'll be inactive and you'll have to replace them with other players.[4] One particularly helpful stat to take a look at when you're trying to decide which of your QBs and which of your RBs to play, is the strength of the player's opponent for the next week. If you've got the undeniably-great Peyton Manning on your roster, but also the equally-great Tom Brady, see who each of them are playing that week. If Manning's playing the best team in the nation, but Brady's got a team in the gutter, it would help to take that into account.

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How to be a Football Player


Football has always been America’s natural past time. Many fans love watching football but do not realize how hard it is to prepare for a football season. Most fans think the players just show up on the one day and perform. This belief is completely false. Preparing for a football season requires much preparation. The preparation for most football players usually includes working on strength, conditioning, and fundamentals of the game. These steps are necessary for football players to have a successful season. These steps have proven to be a valuable aid in helping players such as myself prepare for the season. I believe these steps are the basic steps to becoming a great Football player.

The first step to...

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All English soccer positions include the layout names and the football positions numbers for shirts. Find out what players do on the pitch.

ENGLISH FOOTBALL POSITIONS UK: Explaining 11 soccer positions by numbers and their role on the field.

Knowing all the English soccer player football positions and the part they play on the pitch will help to clarify the different squad formations.

FIFA football rules for all 11-a-side soccer competitions must have a minimum of seven team players to start the match.

The goalkeeper protects the goal area. The rest of the team includes defenders, midfield players, wingers, central midfield and attackers.

'Soccer - A Football Team with 11 Positional Players in a Side'

UK Premier League teams and European competitions can use 3 player substitutions from 7 nominated subs. Recreational soccer friendlies have less stringent football equipment rules. Generally they allow the use of more substitutes throughout...

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The NFL requires that players at certain positions be restricted to a range of numbers. This tradition trickled down to the college and high school levels, though no specific rules limit numbers to certain positions. Some high-profile exceptions have existed to the standard numbering system, but fans can generally get an idea what position a player plays just by looking at his jersey number.

The NFL rule calls for punters, kickers and quarterbacks to use numbers 1 through 19. The most famous number 19 is perhaps Baltimore Colts legend and Hall of Fame quarterback Johnny Unitas. Wide receivers can also use numbers 10 through 19, under certain circumstances. In college, it is considered an honor to wear No. 1, and often the flashiest or highest-profile players wear that number, whether a quarterback, running back or wide receiver.

Wide receivers and tight ends are assigned numbers 80 through 89, though if those...

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What exactly is fantasy football? It's a way for you to be the general manager of your own football team, one in which you -- and only you -- determine which players you want to own. You select a roster of NFL players for your team and use their real-life statistics in order to compete against other similarly selected teams to see which owner did the better job.

As the football season unfolds, each week, the on-field performance of the players you have decided to put into your starting lineup will help determine the success or failure of your fantasy team. It's up to you to bench slumping players, to work the waiver wire to grab that hot free agent, or to try to wheel and deal to get rid of that aging veteran before the wheels fall off in exchange for a rookie about to catch fire.

It's incredibly easy to get started right here at ESPN.com. All it takes is a few simple clicks to join a league looking for new members using the League Directory. After all, fantasy...

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While assigning coaches, pay attention to their attributes and workload.

Assigning coaches to individual attributes can be changed in the Coaches tab. The list of names that displays on the screen lists all of the coaches available in the club, including you also, as the manager, and the assistant. Each of the coaches can be assigned to a given training, by checking the box. The number of stars represents the coach's effectiveness within a given scope, whereas the number of stars at the bottom of the screen represents the overall training quality and training workload in the assigned aspects (the more responsibilities assigned to a given coach,, the lower his contribution to training individual aspects).

Division of categories

Training has been divided into three separate categories:

Fitness - Strength and Aerobic. This aspect corresponds to fitness training and to increasing physical aspects of players. Strength coaches can be attribute to training...

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[Summary]Uniform number (American football) Uniform numbers in American football are unusual compared to those in other sports. They are displayed in more locations on the uniform; they are universally worn on both the front and back of the jersey; and in man

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Uniform number (American football)

Uniform numbers in American football are unusual compared to those in other sports. They are displayed in more locations on the uniform; they are universally worn on both the front and back of the jersey; and in many cases "TV numbers" are displayed on either the jersey sleeves, the shoulder pad, or occasionally on the helmets. The numbers on the front and back of the jersey also are very large, covering most of the jersey. More important, certain numbers may only be worn by players playing specific positions; thus, the jersey numbers assist the officials in determining possible rules infractions by players.

Squad number (association...

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This is a guide for Football Manager fanatics to help find them the best coaches available in the market. In Football Manager games, it is compulsary that you fill all the posts of coaches most preferrably one coach each in different categories, so that the players can improve in all attributes.

We have already helped you by listing the best coaches available out there. But, if you try to find coaches other than from the list, then you should know about how to find the best coaches and assigning them to the categories.

Training Categories

As you can see in the above picture, the Football Manager General Training consists of three(3) main categories with nine(9) sub-sections.

It is really important to reduce the Coaches workload and assign enough coaches for your First Team and Youth teams. This would increase your training quality and maximise the player’s development. Also, while searching for coaches, start with the 4-star coaches, it is surely...

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ACCOUNT QUESTIONS
How do I change/update names, phone numbers, email address, home addresses, etc.?

EQUIPMENT QUESTIONS
What equipment will be needed for contact football?
What football is used within each division of the SCFL?

POST SEASON TOURNAMENT PLAY QUESTIONS
How are the teams selected for Post-Season Tournament Play?

REGISTRATION QUESTIONS
Football Fee Structure: How much is the Registration Fee this year?
What is included with the paid Registration Fee?
What is the SCFL's Refund Policy?

SEASON & COMPETITION QUESTIONS
How long is the SCFL Season?
How often and where will my child practice?
Will my child be guaranteed playing time?

TRY OUT & TEAM SELECTION QUESTIONS
Can players from Junior High Teams play?
How is the draft organized?
How will I know what team I am on?
What are the Dates and Times of the Tryouts?
What are the age groups for football players?
What happens...

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Checkout some interesting info about soccer shirt numbers

The reason behind the printing of jersey numbers is simple: it helps referees and fans distinguish players on the pitch.

Numbered shirts were first worn in professional football by English clubs Arsenal and Sheffield Wednesday in August 1928. At that time, starting players were wearing numbers 1 to 11 according to their positions on the field, and higher numbers for substitutes.

Fixed numbers assigned to each player, called squad numbers, for the duration of a competition was introduced first during the 1954 World Cup. 40 years later, The Football Association (governing body of English football) abandoned the required use of 1-11 for the starters and squad numbers became the rules during the 1993-94 English Premier League season. Nowadays most of the top football leagues in the world adopted the squad numbers system.

Methods of assigning jersey numbers in...

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A team's playing system is the set of tactical instructions that are assigned to its players. A playing system includes an attacking system, which is the playing system in the attacking phases, and a defensive system, which is the playing system in the defensive phases.

A player's tactical instructions are instructions that tell him how he should use playing methods. Tactical instructions include attacking instructions, which are tactical instructions in the attacking phases, and defensive instructions, which are tactical instructions in the defensive phases.

A team's playing system therefore instructs its players how to apply the tactical dynamics. As such, it sets out a dynamic framework for the team by defining its tactical shape and establishing the patterns of player movement and ball movement that its players should create.

A team's playing system can be analysed more easily by considering separate positional areas.

A positional area is a...

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The latest request for a revision may bring a big one. Bush, the New Orleans Saints rookie running back, is hoping to keep No. 5, which he wore at Southern California on his way to winning the Heisman Trophy last year. For now, N.F.L. running backs and defensive backs must wear a number from 20 to 49.

The N.F.L. is deciding whether the number system is necessary, and if not, to what extent players should be free to choose their numbers. Next week, the eight-member competition committee will probably recommend that the team owners adopt a more flexible system starting in 2007 — one that allows running backs and receivers to choose a number from 1 to 49. At least 24 of the league's 32 teams would have to approve a revision.

Delaying the change for a year would provide time to handle the logistics of having veterans swap numbers in...

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Below is the numbering system established by the NFL, and in place since 1973:

* Numbers 1 to 19 are worn by quarterbacks, kickers, and punters.

* Since 2004, Wide receivers are also allowed to wear numbers between 10 and 19 if they so choose, even if there's an 80-89 number available.

* Numbers 20 to 49 are worn by running backs, tight ends (between 40-49 when an 80-89 number is unavailable), cornerbacks and safeties.
* Numbers 50 to 59 are worn by linebackers and offensive linemen.
* Numbers 60 to 79 are worn by members of both the offensive line (the tackles, guards and centers) and defensive line (the defensive ends, defensive tackles or nose guard).
* Numbers 80 to 89 are worn by wide receivers and tight ends.
* Numbers 90 to 99 are worn by linebackers and defensive linemen.
* Numbers 0 and 00 are no longer used, though they were issued in the NFL before the number standardization in 1973. George Plimpton famously wore...

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