Is a match forfeit always scored as 3-0 regardless of situation?


How was this decided, and when else could it happen?

As noted in the Guardian article you've linked to, UEFA's "control, ethics and disciplinary body" decided that the last 18 seconds must be replayed. As noted in the same article, FIFA ordered that an entire match be replayed in 2005 after a referee made exactly the same error.

Was it special that it was a misunderstanding of the rules rather than a simple refereeing mistake, like not seeing the ball crossed the line?

Yes. A referee making a mistake on a judgement call is (as far as I know) irreversible. The difference here is that the referee didn't know the laws of the game fully and made a decision, when she had time to spare and think about the decision, that directly contradicted the laws.

Would it be possible to replay a more significant part of the match (e.g the last 20 minutes)?

That's a question for the regulations of any particular tournament / organising body - but in general,...

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As usual, the very excellent The Knowledge series of The Guardian has an answer. The January 28, 2004 entry goes like this:

"On Sunday, Empoli drew 3-3 with Juventus, Tommaso Rocchi bagging a hat-trick for the home side, and David Trezeguet claiming all three goals for Juve," says Stuart Bruce. "With the scorers of hat-tricks traditionally claiming the match ball, who gets to take it home in a situation like this? Has there ever been a situation of three or more players all with a valid claim to the match ball in any one match?"

But, we have consulted with the FA stattos on this one and are told that though there are no rules, the convention would in all likelihood be that the first player to score a hat-trick would receive the match ball. Thus, as Rocchi completed his hat-trick in the 62nd minute, 14 minutes before Trezeguet made it 3-3, the Empoli striker should have be the one making space on his mantelpiece, which we hope is level or else the ball will keep...

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Marcus Stoinis played the innings of his dreams at Eden Park - only to have reality bite him hard with the closing run-out of Josh Hazlewood, to ensure Australia fell narrowly short of the most unlikely of pursuits.

There were decidedly mixed emotions in Stoinis' voice as the 27-year-old spoke of his unbeaten 146 that took the visitors to within seven runs of victory. Satisfaction, sure, at stamping himself as an international cricketer of character and power, as well as a much improved allrounder as shown by his three wickets earlier in the day; but it will take some time before the pain of that final run-out, and a dash for the win thwarted, subsides.

"If you look at the stat book after making 140-odd and taking three-for it doesn't feel that good," Stoinis said in Auckland. "It just shows how much of a team game cricket is and how important winning is to everyone. I'm happy to an extent but probably not what I would imagine.

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Chelsea star Nemanja Matic has claimed that defeat to Arsenal earlier this season acted as a 'wake-up call' and went a long way to inspiring their rapid rise to the top of the Premier League.

The Blues suffered humiliation at the Emirates Stadium as quick-fire goals from Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil sealed a 3-0 victory for Arsene Wenger's men.

But Antonio Conte responded by changing Chelsea's formation to a 3-4-3 system, a move that helped them to a 13-match winning streak and a nine-point lead at the top of the table.

Theo Walcott was one of three goalscorers for Arsenal as they beat Chelsea 3-0

Alexis Sanchez also scored as Arsenal buried three goals in the opening 40 minutes

The two clubs meet again on Saturday and Matic is looking to show the Stamford Bridge faithful just how far they have come by dishing out some cold revenge on the Gunners.

He told the Evening Standard: 'You can lose a game but the most important thing...

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This is what I found on forfeits over two legs; according to fifa.

A team sanctioned with a forfeit is considered to have lost the match by 3-0.

If the goal difference at the end of the match is greater than three, the result on the pitch is upheld.

Never heard of a team actually doing this though. Would be interesting to see what Fifa would do if a team won 4-0 and decided to forfeit the 2nd leg so they could go through. I guess in most cases the money lost by not playing the game is a deterrent.


I've found more info from Uefa where if a team refuses to play a match then they forfeit that game and face elimination from the competition. I think this relates more to your question.

If a club refuses to play or is responsible for a match not taking place or not being played in full, the Control and Disciplinary Body declares the match forfeited and/or disqualifies the club concerned in combination with the following fines

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If the final standings depend on goal difference, goals scored, goals conceded, or a score between two specific teams, then a score needs to be recorded.

Clearly it would be a benefit to the team forfeiting to be granted any goals, as this helps their goals-for. On the other hand, if a team would only get goals by cheating, they shouldn't be given any. Thus, the forfeiting team gets a score of zero.

The team that wins shouldn't also be given zero, since a bad team could just enforce a nil-all draw (in terms of goals scored/conceded) with anybody better, which does more damage to ranking than anything else might. If they're one of those good teams, a single goal isn't fair either, but neither is say, twenty (since it causes a similar problem).

So it has to be something sensible, something realistic. Now three goals is pretty decent, and affects the forfeiting team's goals-against more than just playing the match (ideally, anyway), acting as a...

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In various sports, a forfeit is a method in which a match automatically ends and the forfeiting team loses.

There are two distinct forms of forfeiture. One occurs when a team is unable to meet the basic standards for playing the game, either before the game begins or as a result of actions that happen during the match. In such a case, the team not forfeiting wins the match. The other is punitive forfeiture, in which a team has been found to have broken the rules of a sanctioning body during a match they have won and must have the results stricken from the record; whether or not the other team receives a win in such a case depends on the rules of that body.

Both teams must have at least seven players at the beginning of the match per the IFAB/FIFA rules. When a team has fewer than seven players, the match cannot start or continue.[1] When the number of players in a team falls definitely below seven (e.g. by five players sent off with red cards, or by injured players...

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EDIT: Just wanted to say thanks to everyone who commented and the positive feedback this post has gotten, and to add this:

tl;dr: Voting to forfeit is poor sportsmanship. You don't learn from it, you don't improve, it doesn't teach you determination, and it most certainly does reflect your character. As a community, we should hold ourselves to a higher standard.

Every time I sit down to play ranked doubles for an hour or two, I get at least one person who wants to forfeit at 2-0 down with 4 mins to go, and at least one person who wants to forfeit at 5-2 with 2 mins to go. It's depressing, and frankly, from my perspective, pathetic in both cases. Although I've written about why I think the penalty for quitting ranked matches should be higher, I want to also write something about why I think that voting to forfeit itself is a stupid thing that you shouldn't do.

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India Women have forfeit three sixth-round games of the ICC Women’s Championship against Pakistan Women. © ACA

The International Cricket Council confirmed on Wednesday (November 23) that India Women would forfeit their three sixth-round games of the ICC Women’s Championship 2014-16 against Pakistan Women.

Currently fifth on the table with 18 points in 19 games after completing a whitewash of West Indies Women in Vijayawada last week, India needed two wins in their remaining three games to finish in the top four and qualify for the 2019 World Cup directly. But now they will have to play the ten-team qualifiers in Colombo in February next year, from where only four will make it to England for the 11th World Cup from June 26 to July 23.

Pakistan gained six points from the three forfeited games, taking their overall tally to 14 in 18 games. That, however, doesn’t alter their seventh position finish on the table, only ahead of Sri Lanka, who finished with five...

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