Early Doors

Could YOU get a degree in football? Take our quiz to find out

Early Doors

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With thousands of students currently going through clearing after having messed up their A-levels thanks to a cocktail of nerves, booze and chasing the opposite sex, it seems the perfect time to talk about a new university course that could be the answer for at least a few of them.

The Open University Business School and the Football League have come together to create a new degree in football - the snappily-named "BA (Hons) Business Management (Sport and Football)". You can get more info from their website at www.openuniversity.co.uk/football, which also has a free taster of the course available.

But that's not all: to mark the launch of the degree, the course organisers created a 20-question quiz about football, looking at the beautiful game both on and off the pitch.

The 20-point questionnaire tackles a wide range of topics, including the rules relating to back passes, time keeping, substitutions, defensive walls and corner kicks, while also covering business and footballing finance subjects, such as players’ contracts and salaries, operating profits, sources of club revenue, TV rights and taxation.

1,000 people have already been asked the questions, with the average respondent scoring just 58% for on-pitch questions, and 16% for off-pitch questions - showing how poor most fans' knowledge of the game is.

The latter is particularly woeful, considering that all 10 of those off-pitch posers are multiple-choice questions with four answers - and therefore, a monkey with a sharp pencil should score 25%.

Think you can do better?

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On-field questions

1. If a substitute is ordered off before the match has kicked off would a replacement be allowed to take his place on the substitute’s bench?

Yes

No

2. Who is responsible for deciding how much additional time is added on at the end of each period of play?

The referee

Assistant referees

4th official

All of the above

3. Can a goal be scored directly from a kick off?

Yes

No

4. If a player behind the opposition's defence receives the ball directly from his team’s goal kick and scores, what is the outcome?

A free kick to the opposing team for offside

A goal kick to the opposing team for offside

A goal

A drop ball

5. When taking a corner kick, can a player remove the corner flag to give him a better swing at the ball?

Yes

No

6. A premier league player is issued with a straight red card – what is the outcome?

Sent off and 3 game suspension

Sent off and 1 game suspension

Sent off and no suspension

7. What is the maximum number of substitutes allowed in an English league game?

3

4

5

8. What is the award if the goalkeeper picks up a back pass in his own penalty area?

A penalty

A direct free kick

An indirect free kick

9. How far away must a defensive wall be from a free-kick?

Five yards

Ten yards

Twelve yards

10. What proportion of a football must cross the goal line for a goal to be awarded?

One quarter

Half

The whole ball

Off-field questions

1. Which of the following generates most income for the 72 professional clubs below the Premier League?

Tickets and merchandising sales

Broadcast rights

Hiring out the ground and other facilities

Selling players

2. What percentage of revenue generated by the Championship clubs was spent on player wages in the 12/13 season?

72%

89%

95%

106%

3. During the 12/13 season 14 of the 44 clubs across the Premier League and the Championship made an operating profit. How many were in the Championship?

0

1

7

14

4. One measure of the contribution that an industry makes to society is the level of its tax bill. What was the total tax bill for English professional football in the 2012/13 season?

£110m

£456m

£1.3bn

£3bn

5. A 21-year-old football player signs a contract for six years. After what period can he choose to walk away from this contract, with relatively little financial penalty?

3 years

5 years

He can’t, he must serve the duration of his contract or be sold by the club

Whenever he likes provided he serves a notice period

6. A Premier League football club owner or a director of a football club holding over a 30% shareholding must adhere to the fit and proper test and must sign a declaration that they comply with this test. This test includes the requirement that the individual must not have been convicted of a range of offences. Which of the following offences is NOT on this list?

Corruption

Admitting spectators to watch a football match at unlicensed premises

Ticket touting

Assault

7. Generally, clubs who spend more on players perform better in the league. In the 2012/13 season how many of the clubs in the Premier League bucked this trend and outperformed their relative level of investment in players?

0

1

3

6

8. Only one of the “big four” league competitions worldwide generates more revenue through commercial sales than broadcast rights – which is it?

Premier League (England and Wales)

La Liga (Spain)

Serie A (Italy)

Bundesliga (Germany)

9. Chris Hope of the University of Cambridge published research which suggested a method by which Premier League clubs could make more effective decisions about when to sack a manager. Based on their performance over the first eight games the model sets an average level of points the manager should achieve per game to avoid being sacked. What do you think that level was set at?

0.74 points per game

1.21 points per game

1.36 points per game

1.81 points per game

10. Most football player contracts are based on a basic salary plus performance related bonuses. What proportion of their actual pay is usually down to the basic salary?

45%

55%

65%

85%

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The Answers - correct answers in bold

On-field questions

1. If a substitute is ordered off before the match has kicked off would a replacement be allowed to take his place on the substitute’s bench?

Yes

No

2. Who is responsible for deciding how much additional time is added on at the end of each period of play?

The referee

Assistant referees

4th official

All of the above

3. Can a goal be scored directly from a kick off?

Yes

No

4. If a player behind the oppositions defence receives the ball directly from his team’s goal kick and scores, what is the outcome?

A free kick to the opposing team for offside

A goal kick to the opposing team for offside

A goal

A drop ball

5. When taking a corner kick, can a player remove the corner flag to give him a better swing at the ball?

Yes

No

6. A premier league player is issued with a straight red card – what is the outcome?

Sent off and 3 game suspension

Sent off and 1 game suspension

Sent off and no suspension

7. What is the maximum number of substitutes allowed in an English league game?

3

4

5

8. What is the award if the goalkeeper picks up a back pass in his own penalty area?

A penalty

A direct free kick

An indirect free kick

9. How far away must a defensive wall be from a free-kick?

Five yards

Ten yards

Twelve yards

10. What proportion of a football must cross the goal line for a goal to be awarded?

One quarter

Half

The whole ball

Off-field questions

1. Which of the following generates most income for the 72 professional clubs below the Premier League?

Tickets and merchandising sales

Broadcast rights

Hiring out the ground and other facilities

Selling players

2. What percentage of revenue generated by the Championship clubs was spent on player wages in the 12/13 season?

72%

89%

95%

106%

3. During the 12/13 season 14 of the 44 clubs across the Premier League and the Championship made an operating profit. How many were in the Championship?

0

1

7

14

4. One measure of the contribution that an industry makes to society is the level of its tax bill. What was the total tax bill for English professional football in the 2012/13 season?

£110m

£456m

£1.3bn

£3bn

5. A 21-year-old football player signs a contract for six years. After what period can he choose to walk away from this contract, with relatively little financial penalty?

3 years

5 years

He can’t, he must serve the duration of his contract or be sold by the club

Whenever he likes provided he serves a notice period

6. A Premier League football club owner or a director of a football club holding over a 30% shareholding must adhere to the fit and proper test and must sign a declaration that they comply with this test. This test includes the requirement that the individual must not have been convicted of a range of offences. Which of the following offences is NOT on this list?

Corruption

Admitting spectators to watch a football match at unlicensed premises

Ticket touting

Assault

7. Generally, clubs who spend more on players perform better in the league. In the 2012/13 season how many of the clubs in the Premier League bucked this trend and outperformed their relative level of investment in players?

0

1

3

6

8. Only one of “big four” league competitions worldwide generates more revenue through commercial sales than broadcast rights – which is it?

Premier League (England and Wales)

La Liga (Spain)

Serie A (Italy)

Bundesliga (Germany)

9. Chris Hope of the University of Cambridge published research which suggested a method by which Premier League clubs could make more effective decisions about when to sack a manager. Based on their performance over the first 8 games the model sets an average level of points the manager should achieve per game to avoid being sacked. What do you think that level was set at?

0.74 points per game

1.21 points per game

1.36 points per game

1.81 points per game

10. Most football player contracts are based on a basic salary plus performance related bonuses. What proportion of their actual pay is usually down to the basic salary?

45%

55%

65%

85%

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