How Many Players In a Football (Soccer) Team

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Number of Players In a Football Team

A football (soccer) match is played by two teams, each with a maximum of eleven (11) players. So there must be 11 number of players in a football team.

One player must be the goalkeeper also known as goalie, this man is allowed to touch and grab the football with his hands however, within the limits of a parameter called D.

No other player from both the teams is allowed to touch the ball with his/her bare hands otherwise a free kick or penalty (in certain cases) must be awarded to the other team.

A football match may not start or continue if either team has fewer than seven (7) players. It means that each team should have at least seven players to continue the game of football.

If a team has fewer than seven players because one or more players has deliberately or accidently left the field of play, the referee is not obliged to stop play and the advantage may be played. B

But the match must not resume after the ball has gone out of play if a team does not have the minimum number of seven players.

If the competition rules state that all players and substitutes must be named before kick-off and a team starts a match with fewer than eleven players, only the players and substitutes named in the starting line-up may take part in the match upon their arrival.


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Number of Substitutions


The number of substitutes, up to a maximum of five, which may be used in any match played in an official competition will be determined by FIFA, the confederation or the national football association except for men’s and women’s competitions involving the 1st teams of clubs in the top division or senior ‘A’ international teams, where the maximum is three substitutes.

The competition rules must state

how many substitutes may be named, from three to a maximum of twelve.
whether one additional substitute may be used when a match goes into extra time (whether or not the team has already used the full number of permitted substitutes)


In national “A” team matches, a maximum of twelve substitutes may be named of which a maximum of six may be used.

In all other matches, a greater number of substitutes may be used provided that:

the teams reach agreement on a maximum number
the referee is informed before the match
If the referee is not informed, or if no agreement is reached before the match, each team is allowed a maximum of six substitutes.


The use of return substitutions is only permitted in youth, veterans, disability and grassroots football, subject to the agreement of the national football association.

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