Is there a specific order for soccer/football players entering the pitch at the beginning of the match?


For me every formation can be traced back to one of the two basic formations: 4-3-3 and 4-4-2. All the other formations are just another interpretation of player roles here, or just another way of setting the players (for instance, playing with a defensive midfielder instead of a attacking midfielder).

This in my opinion makes a lot more sense since a team always has to react on situations during the match. An example: Real Madrid mostly plays a almost classis 4-3-3 formation, with Marcelo as their left full-back. In the Primera Division, Real is almost always the better team, resulting in a lot of possesion, so Marcelo can stand much deeper (almost playing as a midfielder or even a winger). But when Real is playing against Barcelona, we mostly see Barca in possesion, so Marcelo has to think defensively more and thus will stand less deep than when having much possesion. You see that in this case, the formation in possesion can almost be described as being a 3-4-3 formation,...

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According to the FIFA Laws of the Game 2013/2014, a player that has been sent off the field is considered an outside agent:

Outside agents
Anyone not indicated on the team list as a player, substitute or team official is deemed to be an outside agent, as is a player who has been sent off.

If an outside agent enters the field of play:
• the referee must stop play (although not immediately if the outside agent does not interfere with play)
• the referee must have him removed from the field of play and its immediate surroundings
• if the referee stops the match, he must restart play with a dropped ball from the position of the ball when the match was stopped, unless play was stopped inside the goal area, in which case the referee drops the ball on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the ball was located when play was stopped

In November 2009, amateur footballer Paul Cooper was given a red card...

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I need some help to understand if there's a common rule or at least a set of rules that apply when a match is abandoned.

So as far as I know there could be two scenarios. One is the match is abandoned and then it gets rescheduled and played again from the beginning (minute 0) usually in a different day.

The other scenario is the match is abandoned but the play resumes. Although it may not resume exactly from where it stopped it's likely to resume from the second half (45) if it was abandoned before full time (usually they replay the very same day?).

Questions are, do you know if these rules always apply, if yes to all the main competitions in the world? Also, are you aware of other scenarios/rules?

Any help would be much appreciated, thanks!

EDIT: I think I found also another scenario when a match is abandoned but it doesn't get replayed and the outcome is decided by a board meeting. That's the case of Blackpool vs Huddersfield Town (on 2 May...

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I think your question should refer to non-striker tactics and that's what I will refer to in my answer.

First of all Barcelona are playing, like Spain, without a real striker but they have Messi (Villa who isn't a typical #9 was injured), and as you can see they are very successful.

You have to read the following amazing and interesting article:

It talks about Roma and Manchester United as an example of top world class clubs who played without a striker.
Then it discuss about the beginning of this non-forward tactic:

That in itself is nothing new. The Austrian 'Wunderteam' of the early 1930s had great success with Mathias Sindelar, a centre-forward who constantly dropped deep, and Vsevolod Bobrov did similarly for the Dynamo Moscow tourists who so delighted British crowds in 1945. It was then Nandor Hidegkuti's role as a deep-lying centre-forward that so perplexed England when...

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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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Sport is a great topic to talk about with any friend if you’re passionate about it.

Why not use it as a chance to learn more English vocabulary?

Here are all the football words and phrases you need to know to communicate with your friends better.

Please note that this post focuses more on British English rather than American English.

Essential English Soccer / Football Vocabulary for ESL Learners

General Vocabulary

Assistant referee: (Noun) This is the person who runs up and down the football pitch (field). Their job is to tell the referee if the ball goes out. They are also important when it comes to helping with offside decisions. In the past, this person’s job was called a ‘linesman.’

The assistant referee held up his flag to show the referee that the ball was still in play.

Attacker: (Noun) The role of an attacker in a team is to score goals. Another word for an attacker is a...

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Association football, more commonly known as football, is a team sport played between two teams of eleven players, and is widely considered to be the most popular sport in the world. It is a football variant played on a rectangular grass or artificial turf field, with a goal at each of the short ends. The object of the game is to score by manoeuvring the ball into the opposing goal. In general play, the goalkeepers are the only players allowed to use their hands or arms to propel the ball; the rest of the team usually use their feet to kick the ball into position, occasionally using their torso or head to intercept a ball in midair. The team that scores the most goals by the end of the match wins. If the score is tied at the end of the game, either a draw is declared or the game goes into extra time and/or a penalty shootout, depending on the format of the competition.

The modern game was codified in England following the formation of The Football Association, whose 1863...

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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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Football (or soccer as Americans call it) is one of the most popular sports in the world. One of the reasons is that the only equipment the sport needs is a ball,cleats,shinguard's, and any markers for the goals. Bring in two teams and the game is on. Informal games can therefore be very easily set up.

The game consists of two teams of 11 players. One of the players is considered a goalkeeper (goalie) and that player's objective is not to allow the ball to go into the goal. The goalkeeper is the only player who may handle the ball but only in the penalty area that (s)he is defending. The other ten field players' objective is to score by putting the ball into their opponent's goal, while trying to avoid conceding goals. They do this by dribbling, passing, and eventually shooting the ball. The field players can use any part of their body except their hands or arms. The duration of the game is 90 minutes, with a change of ends and an interval of not more than 15 minutes after...

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The Laws of the Game (also known as the Laws of Football) are the rules governing a game of association football (soccer).

Current Laws of the Game

The current Laws of the Game consists of 17 individual laws:

Law 1: The Field of Play

Law 2: The Ball

Law 3: The Number of Players

Law 4: The Players' Equipment

Law 5: The Referee

Law 6: The Assistant Referees

Law 7: The Duration of the Match

Law 8: The Start and Restart of Play

Law 9: The Ball In and Out of Play

Law 10: The Method of Scoring

Law 11: Offside

Law 12: Fouls and Misconduct

Law 13: Free Kicks

Law 14: The Penalty Kick

Law 15: The Throw-In

Law 16: The Goal Kick

Law 17: The Corner Kick

History and development

The Laws were first drawn up by Ebenezer...

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“The rules of soccer are very simple, basically it is this: if it moves, kick it. If it doesn't move, kick it until it does”. Rightly quoted by Phil Woosnam, the game of football only involves kicking the ball from one end to the other. Enjoyed and played by people of various cultures and civilizations worldwide, the main objective of the game is to move the ball across the opponent’s goal line, if it is your team with the ball. In case the ball is on the opponent’s side, your team’s objective is to stop them from making any further progress to your goal line. Often cited as a complicated game, football, on the contrary, follows only a few simple rules that make the game easy to play. Read on to know the basic rules of football.

Rules & Regulations Of Playing Soccer

Aim of the game

The main aim of the game is to score the majority of goals by the end of the match. A team can score a goal by moving the ball into the opponent team’s goal line. The team with the...

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Soccer is the world's most favorite sport as well as the most popular spectator sport. Soccer is also known as football or association football in Britain and other European countries.

Soccer is played on a rectangular field where two teams of 11 players, aim to kick or head the ball into the other team's goal (excluding the goalkeeper). Only the goalkeeper of each team is permitted to handle the ball with their arms and hands. Depending on the age and skill level of the players, the field can range from 100 to 130 yards (91 to 119 meters) in length and 50 to 100 yards (46 to 91 meters) in width. At either end, there is a goal, a goal area enclosed in the larger penalty area. Placed at the center of the goal lines at each end of the field are two 8-foot upright posts, which are 8 yards apart, joined by a horizontal crossbar. The goal posts and crossbars must be white. Since the field of play must be rectangular, the length of the touchline must be greater than the length of...

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A player in red has penetrated the defense and is taking a shot at the goal, which the goalkeeper will attempt to stop.

Association football, commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played between two teams of 11 players each. It is widely considered to be the most popular sport in the world.

Soccer is played on a rectangular grass field—also called a pitch—or, occasionally, on artificial turf, with a goal at each end of the field. The object of the game is to score by maneuvering the ball into the opposing goal. Only the goalkeeper may use his hands or arms to propel or catch the ball in general play. The team that scores the most goals by the end of the game wins. If the score is tied at the end of the game, either a draw is declared or the game goes into extra time and/or a "shootout" takes place to determine the winner, depending on the format of the competition.

The modern game was codified in England following the formation of the Football...

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Both Ronan's and user2184's answers are about right. The captain exits first because so that they can shake the ref's and other captains hand before the rest of the team. This because they are supposed to lead by example and,although it is not seen in the modern game as much as it still is in rugby, be the most senior player on the pitch.

Tradition dictates the formation behind him should go in ascending order of number, but some of the more famous players do come out last. For some self obsessed players, such as Ronaldo, it may be for the bigger cheer, but usually it is because they do not want the rest of the team to not get their deserved appreciation because the fans are focused on them.

Hope that...

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Soccer’s rules and regulations are maintained and updated annually by the International Football Association Board (IFAB). The board consists of eight members, four of which come from FIFA, and the other four coming from England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales – all countries that contributed to the development of the sport. FIFA’s most recently published rule book is 140 pages long, which is a bit ambitious for the casual player who is just becoming familiarized with the game. For this reason, we have prepared a simplified version below that should allow you to learn the basic rules of soccer. It is also important to note that although FIFA publishes an established set of rules, they are often modified by national and regional leagues and organizations. With that, you should ensure that you inquire with your coach, fellow players or league manager regarding any rules that deviate from the norm.•

Laws of the Game

IFAB currently acknowledges 17 laws of...

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This article is about the sport of association football. For other codes of football, see



Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer,[3] is a team sport played between two teams of eleven players with a spherical ball. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies, making it the world's most popular sport.[4][5][6][7] The game is played on a rectangular field with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by getting the ball into the opposing goal.

The goalkeepers are the only players allowed to touch the ball with their hands or arms along with the rest of their body while it is in play and only in their penalty area. Other players mainly use their feet to strike or pass the ball, but may also use their head or torso. The team that scores the most goals by the end of the match wins. If the score is level at the end of the game, either a draw is declared or the game goes into extra time or...

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The children are mascots. Each club may employ a different policy about how to become a mascot, but generally includes some of the following criteria;

Whether you are a season ticket holder/ member Between a certain age Whether it's your birthday, etc.

Being a mascot gives you an experience which again depends on what team you're a mascot for but could generally include:

Getting a tour of the stadium Getting to meet the players Getting given (signed?) merchandise Getting to walk out with the players Getting to warm up with the players

From searching "How to become match day mascot" on Google, you can see some of the packages each each offers (taken from the first page of...

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This article is about the overall concept of games called football. For specific versions of the game, the balls themselves and other uses of the term, see

Football (disambiguation)


Football is a family of team sports that involve, to varying degrees, kicking a ball with the foot to score a goal. Unqualified, the word football is understood to refer to whichever form of football is the most popular in the regional context in which the word appears. Sports commonly called 'football' in certain places include: association football (known as soccer in some countries); gridiron football (specifically American football or Canadian football); Australian rules football; rugby football (either rugby league or rugby union); and Gaelic football.[1][2] These different variations of football are known as football codes.

Various forms of football can be identified in history, often as popular peasant games. Contemporary codes of football can be traced back to the...

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This list of selected soccer terms, with some personal comments on their meaning, their use and their acceptability, is not meant to be a comprehensive glossary. It is limited to those terms that -- often because of confusion with similar terms in other sports -- seem to present problems to American fans.

(The glossary originally appeared in "The Simplest Game: The Intelligent Fan's Guide to the World of Soccer" by Paul Gardner)


: The referee does not have to stop play every time he detects a foul. If the offending team gains an advantage from the offense, he will certainly do so. But sometimes it is penalizing the innocent team to stop play: if, for instance, a defender deliberately handles the ball to bring it under control but only succeeds in deflecting it to an opponent who is well placed for a shot at goal. To stop play at this moment would penalize the attacking team. In such a case, the referee would apply the so-called advantage rule and allow...

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If you don’t know the basics you will not either know how to play soccer. However, you will not need to remember every soccer rule as many of them will not give you any advantage on the field.

44 Secrets for Playing Great Soccer

The Ultimate Guide to Soccer Positions

In this guide I have only selected the most necessary ones that you need to learn in order to perform well.

No Rules = An Unfair Game

The game of soccer would be unfair if only your opponents had permission to set the rules for the match.

And if both your and the opposing team had permission to make the rules, there would probably be so much discussion about every situation that you, your teammates and the opposing players would not care about how the match ended.

That’s why players, coaches and soccer associations over the whole world have decided which soccer rules should be followed.

The referees just make sure that you and other players are following the...

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Regional traditions


England and Scotland had the first leagues, but clubs sprang up in most European nations in the 1890s and 1900s, enabling these nations to found their own leagues. Many Scottish professional players migrated south to join English clubs, introducing English players and audiences to more-advanced ball-playing skills and to the benefits of teamwork and passing. Up to World War II, the British continued to influence football’s development through regular club tours overseas and the Continental coaching careers of former players. Itinerant Scots were particularly prominent in central Europe. The interwar Danubian school of football emerged from the coaching legacies and expertise of John Madden in Prague and Jimmy Hogan in Austria.

Before World War II, Italian, Austrian, Swiss, and Hungarian teams emerged as particularly strong challengers to the British. During the 1930s, Italian clubs and the Italian national team recruited...

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Learn how to judge what is and is not a foul.

A foul is when a player makes illegal contact with another player on the other team by hitting, tripping, or kicking them. However, there is a lot of physical contact that is never called. Figuring out what is a foul and what isn't is one of the most difficult exercises in soccer, because there are few clear cut "infractions" to call like in football or basketball. The best way to remember a foul is to ask yourself -- did the player "play the ball," meaning

did they make contact with the ball,

or did they "play the player," by

pushing/hitting/tripping the other player

to win possession? FIFA defines the type of fouls as:

Kicking, or attempting to kick, the other player. Tripping, or attempting Jumping/charging at someone Striking, or attempting Punching, or attempting Tackling Spitting Holding. Handling the...
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