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Do you need a quick and simple answer to some popular football questions? This page lists the most common and frequently asked questions about football rules.

FOOTBALL FAQs: This Football FAQ research section will improve your knowledge and understanding about the game.

We answer all the top questions about football with up-to-date factual content and blog articles.

What are FAQs?

FAQs are frequently referred to as the five (5) 'Ws'. They comprise who, what, when, where, and why? Often, 'H' (how?) takes an inclusion as the sixth and occasionally you will see a seventh (how much?).

Each query phrase gets regarded as a pertinent question whose answer cannot be a simple 'yes' or 'no'. As a rule, learning the answers to these FAQs is the most basic fundamental in problem-solving and information-gathering.

What is Football?

The term 'football' is used to describe various forms of a team game which mostly involves kicking (in some cases handling) a ball. The English Premier League game using a round-shaped ball is commonly called football in the United Kingdom (soccer in America).

What Constitutes a Foul in Football?

Typically, a football foul would be termed as an unfair act by a player which interferes with active play. The foul would be deemed illegal by the referee who is officiating the game's laws.

Football fouls are punished by awarding either a direct or indirect free-kick (depending on the offence). In some cases, a foul in football results in a penalty kick to the opposing team.

Is a Handball a 'Direct' or 'Indirect' Kick?

As a rule, a direct kick occurs following a contact foul or hand ball. Most other football infringements are indirect. If the defending team commits a contact foul or hand ball within their own penalty area (marked out box at each end of the field) - the result is a penalty kick.

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What is a Penalty in Football?

In FIFA Football, a penalty kick is a unique version of the direct free kick. A penalty is performed during normal play and kicked from the penalty mark which is 12 yards (11 meters) back from the goal line.

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What Does the Referee Do?

In football games, the referee is the appointed person of authority on the field with the players. Football referee responsibilities include presiding over the game from a neutral point of view and officiating with on-the-fly decisions.

Soccer football Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)In simple terms a football referee must enforce all the rules of infringements and sanctions in the sport maintaining fairness and safety.

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How Can I become a Referee?

To become a Football Association (FA) referee you need to be at least 14-years-old and a resident in England.

You should attend a Basic Referees Course with your local County FA to train as a qualified referee. Contact your County FA directly for further information.

What are the Regulations of Football?

FIFA Football is ruled by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association whose headquarters were founded in Switzerland in 1904. They currently have over 200 members around the world and they govern the rules laws and regulations of football as played in the English Premier League, United Kingdom.

What is the Role of the Fourth Official in Football?

The main role of the Fourth Official in football is assisting the referee in his control the match. All the officials should do so in accordance with the FIFA Football Laws of the Game. The 4th Official will officiate if any of the other three match officials (referee or assistant referees) cannot continue to administer the rules and regulations.

How Long can a Goalkeeper Hold the Ball with his Hands?

Since the changes in FIFA Football Rules, referees now have mandatory instructions not to allow the goalkeeper to take more than four steps while holding the ball. This soccer regulation is stipulated in Law 12 of the codified FA rulings.

Goalies who hold the ball for more than 5 or 6 seconds may be adjudged as time-wasting by the official, who is likely to award an indirect free-kick to the opponent's team.

How Many Players are there in a Football Team?

Two teams of eleven (11) players are involved in a typical game of regulation football. It is worth noting that a variety of player formations are used in different competitions, such as in Premiership, League, and European matches.

In 11-a-side games there must be a minimum of seven players and three substitutes are allowed from the seven, whose names must be nominated before the game begins.

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