Why do World Cup teams bring kids out onto the pitch before the game

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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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1994 and before, World Cup semifinals often took place on the same day, so one team had only a few hours more preparation time than the other. When semifinals did not take place on the same day, the team with the extra rest day most often lost. Here is a list with the team with 5 days between semifinal and final first, team with 4 days second:

1966: West Germany - England 2-4 aet 1990: Argentina - West Germany 0-1 1998: Brazil - France 0-3 2002: Germany - Brazil 0-2 *2006: Italy - France 1-1 aet (4-3)* 2010: Netherlands - Spain 0-1 aet *2014: Germany - Argentina 1-0 aet*

Only twice did the team with more preparation time win, and this team did not win in regular time. The latter instance of the two also seems to be the only time when the later semifinal went into extra time while the earlier one did not.

The very first world cup final was four and three days, resp., after the semifinals, and also won by the team with fewer time to...

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I'll not repeat what the other answers have already correctly stated but I will provide an answer relating to a subpart of your question:

Is it related to giving the player another cap? (perhaps pay related for an appearance?)

This can, indeed, be a factor. Although it's less likely that a manager brings on a player to earn his appearance fee, the number of caps a player has earned in a season can be important.

Sometimes a club may loan a player to another team but, as a requirement, they may stipulate that the loanee player must complete a certain number of minutes or games for the agreement to go through.

More often though, is that certain competitions will only give winners' medals to players who have made a certain number of caps in the said competition.

One example that springs to mind is when Martin Keown needed one more cap to qualify for a EPL medal with Arsenal. Ray Parlour jokingly pretended to get ready to come on as their last...

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Shinguards came about because soccer used to be played literally with boots, big huge things, and the preferred method of kicking the ball was with the toe. If you missed, you kicked the shins. That changed in about 1950 with the introduction of modern shoes like they use today.

Today at anything above fourteen years old it is rare to see a direct hit to the shin. As an adult I've personally taken a kick to many a bare shin and not been any worse off. Shinguards are sort of useless. It stings but its almost impossible to break a shin. I am much more worried about my ankles and I wear ankle protectors. Today we still require shinguards as a nod to safety, but they are more ceremonial than not. This is stated in a soccer book I read, I forget which one (I think maybe "The soccer book" http://www.amazon.com/The-Soccer-Book-Sport-Tactics/dp/B003R4ZG46).

The light, tiny 'slip in' shinguards are used because they are exactly that, light and small and unlikely to interfere...

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They are mascots that come from local schools or youth teams or supporters clubs, its an old tradition been going on as long as I can remember..

Most probably those kids are players in the youth club. Believe me that even Wayne Rooney used to walk out with the players before the match starts.

Also because FIFA, the world football governing body, has a partnership with UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund. The two organisations team up to prevent children from being recruited as child soldiers, inform them about the dangers of HIV/AIDS through education and discussion, and promote educations for girls, among many other objectives. Their goal is to demonstrate how footballers can serve as role models, and how the game of football is one of the most powerful ways through which the world can receive messages of non-violence, tolerance and...

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Cape Town City coach Eric Tinkler is eager to get new signing Luyolo Nomandela onto the pitch but cautions fans they might not see him this year as he works his way back to full fitness.

City announced the capture of the former Mamelodi Sundowns and Bafana Bafana attacking midfielder on Monday.

But after not kicking a ball in anger since the start of May‚ the 27-year-old has some way to go before he is ready for the PSL.

Ajax Cape Town turned down the opportunity to sign him after a trial last month‚ feeling he was too heavy‚ though he has looked noticeably slimmer since beginning his stint to impress Tinkler at City.

Tinkler says he would like to see Nomandela in action before Christmas‚ but feels that might come too soon with City home to SuperSport United on Friday and then away at Free State Stars next Wednesday.

“His fitness levels need to get better‚ I would like to see him before we go on the festive season break‚ but he has missed a lot...

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There is no excuse for bringing children out in that manner. They are referred to as "kids" and "escorts" because there is a Satanic dinner party event where children are sacrificed by their own mother -- who dresses them up and tells them to be on their "best behavior", picked up a by a limo and brought to a chateau where they are seated one to another with adults who smirk, snicker and talk in code around them because they are sitting next to their dinner, the children - who are still alive and sitting their "wonderful". They are put into a trance gang-raped, murdered then eaten usually by a semi-famous dinner party chef (like those seen on TV: Emeril, Gordon Ramsey, etc). A kid is satanic crypto-speak for a baby goat (e.g. sacrifice), an escort in crypto-speak is the expendable prostitute...

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Wales are set to defy UEFA ‘killjoys’ after their historic Euro 2016 semi-final by encouraging their children on to the pitch after the final whistle - whether they win or lose.

During the month long tournament the Red Dragons and their staff have repeatedly brought their youngsters on after games to help them celebrate.

The team has now been told by UEFA that they should not do so at the Stade de Lyon for ‘health and safety’ reasons.

Gareth Bale celebrates his side's progression to the semi-final stage with his daughter Alba Violet

Wales stars Neil Taylor (left) and Hal Robson-Kanu (right) brought their children onto the pitch in Lille

The kids took to the pitch to celebrate their nation's surprising victory over a strong Belgium side

But on Tuesday night one insider in the Wales camp: ‘The children will still be passed over the barriers and onto the field of play after the final whistle.

‘It is their chance to be with their dads...

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It was time. Finally, the boy came face-to-face with his idol.

He was no ordinary boy. This boy had become an internet sensation back in January when photographs of him wearing a homemade replica of Lionel Messi’s famous football jersey emerged. This cute little boy was attired in a blue-and-white striped plastic bag, resembling the Argentine national team jersey. On the back, he had written the name “Messi” along with the number “10”.

The pictures surfaced on the internet and immediately went viral. The boy was identified as Murtaza Ahmadi, a six-year-old, who lives in Afghanistan’s eastern Ghazni province.

Efforts were in progress to make this fan meet his idol, Messi. It has finally become a reality. The UN refugee agency, UNHCR arranged for the meeting of the Barcelona superstar with the little fan.

The organisers of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar posted a video of the meeting on their Twitter account on Tuesday. In the video,...

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The image of a five-year-old Afghan boy wearing an improvised Lionel Messi jersey made from a plastic bag touched the heats of millions on social media.

Now, nearly a year later, Murtaza Ahmadi has finally met his idol.

Murtaza made a special trip to Qatar, where Messi was with his Barcelona teammates to play a friendly match against Al Ahli.

Murtaza walked out hand in hand with his football idol and even got to stick the ball on the centre spot for the kickoff to begin the match.

Instead of running back to the touchline like the officials instructed him, he sprinted to be at Lionel Messi's side once again and lined up with the Barcelona squad for their team photo.

It took another official to rush over and scoop little Murtaza up to separate him from his hero.

In a meeting arranged by the organising committee of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, Messi met Murtaza at the team hotel before picking him up and posing for photographs.

Murtaza...

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We see them before seemingly every match on television. They walk out, hold hands with the players and look absolutely adorable. They are kids, but those in the know call them mascots. But what purpose do they serve? Do the players know the kids before they become mascots? Is there anything in it for the kids besides holding hands with a professional athlete? Quite simply, why do soccer players walk out with kids in the first place?

Well to begin with, those children — mascots — have not always walked down the tunnel or whatever pre-game passage way leads the players onto the pitch. You only have to look at footage from the 1990 World Cup Final or the 1994 FA Cup Final so see that kids have not always held hands with the big boys before they go to work. The earliest I could find children present during teams’ pre-game walk-outs was during the 1999 FA Cup Final when two boys walked with Manchester United and Newcastle, one for each team. It wasn’t until I found footage from...

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On 15 April 1966, over a psychedelic collage of city landmarks, outlandish cars and even more outlandish clothing, the cover of Time magazine described London as “the swinging city”. “In this century, every decade has had its city,” the cover story explained. “Today, it is London, a city steeped in tradition, seized by change, liberated by affluence, graced by daffodils and anemones. In a decade dominated by youth, London has burst into bloom. It swings; it is the scene.”

But if London was swinging, much of the country was sinking. Harold Wilson, re-elected in March, was trying to get to grips with the economy; in July, the day the Guardian reported that “most economists seem to agree that a recession is inevitable”, he announced a six-month wage freeze, and the following year he deliberately devalued the pound, which at the time of the World Cup was worth around $2.80. In June 1966 there were 291,700 unemployed people in the UK; within six months the number had doubled....

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There is no denying it, football is one of the most physically demanding sports in the world. It requires 90 minutes of mud, sweat and (occasionally) tears - and that is not to mention the hours of training put in before the game. There are a number of key attributes and areas that top-flight footballers must work on if they are to make it at the top level. The effort players put in on the training ground will echo their performance on the pitch. So footballers, take note, here is our guide to training like a pro ... Strength Strength is often forgotten about when it comes to football. Strength relates to both power and speed. Not only will training strength help players hold of their opponents, but it helps players become injury resistance, retain energy and improves balance, stability and agility. To train strength focus on the compound, functional exercises, such as the squats, the lunges and the pull-ups. Speed and agility Football is a fast-paced game. And it is clear that...

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The Irish have discovered their characteristic oversize hats have been banned, the South Africans have been told to leave their vuvuzelas at home and the Scots have been barred from bringing bagpipes into the stadiums.

Also on the list are “large flags” which fans had been hoping to drape around the stadiums during the tournament. But it soon became clear many fans intend to flout the restrictions.

• Fixtures schedule: find out when and where all the matches are taking place

Many of the thousands of fans who flocked to Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium on Saturday to watch Ireland take on Canada cheerfully ignored the ban on large hats.

Irish fans decked themselves in giant shamrocks and green leprechaun hats, while the Canadians brandished large blow up lumberjack axes.

Despite the restrictions, there were also plenty of large hats and flags among the crowds at England’s opening game against Fiji, on Friday evening.

While some fans...

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A pitch invasion (known as a field invasion, rushing the field or storming the field in the United States) occurs when an individual or a crowd of people watching a sporting event run onto the playing area to celebrate or protest an incident. Pitch invasions may involve individual people or capacity crowds. Charges can be called upon to those of the age of 18 or higher, resulting in fines, jail time, and also the bruises left by getting tackled by the police at the grounds.

This is especially common in college football and high school football when a team pulls off a major upset, defeats a major rival, ends a long losing streak or notches a history-making win. Many schools employ riot police to physically prevent fans from rushing the field, a controversy in and of itself. However, with the widespread advent of artificial turf such as FieldTurf, some schools are becoming more lax about students invading the pitch. In the last few years, goal posts are also taken down...

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