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Friendly [match]- Opposite of

 
 
Reply Sat 27 Jan, 2018 04:13 am
What is the opposite of "friendly (match)"? Is it "competition match" or "league match"?

Thank you.
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izzythepush
 
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Reply Sat 27 Jan, 2018 04:20 am
@paok1970,
It depends, it could be a league match or a cup match or a qualifier for an international competition like the World Cup.

Nothing, other than pride, is at stake in a friendly. In all other matches they're playing for something, be it points or passage to the next stage of a cup.
paok1970
 
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Reply Sat 27 Jan, 2018 05:41 am
@izzythepush,
Thank you very much for the very prompt response.
izzythepush
 
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Reply Sat 27 Jan, 2018 05:57 am
@paok1970,
This may help.

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Most team sports have a period of training to recover fitness levels, followed by exhibition games (commonly known as friendlies outside North America) prior to the start of their regular seasons ("pre-season training" and "pre-season" games). The game results do not count in the season standings of the teams, so they serve conveniently to test player candidates and to practice teamwork under game conditions. They may be used to promote the team effectively both at home and elsewhere. For some teams a pre-season overseas tour may be profitable, even lucrative. For some leagues, overseas games may promote their sport or their league to new audiences.

In some sports there may be a pre-season curtain-raiser or "supercup" competition—for example, in England, the previous season's winners of the FA Cup and Premier League play one another for the Community Shield before the start of the regular season. Part of the profits from this game are divided up amongst all teams participating in both competitions the year before, to donate to charities and good causes in their local area while the rest is given to national charities and good causes by the FA itself.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Season_(sports)

Basically league teams only play friendlies during pre season. International sides are a bit different, they play friendlies during qualification and in the run up to international competitions. This keeps their hand in. Teams that have already qualified will usually play friendlies while the play offs are going on.

They also do this during qualification matches, say a group has five teams, A, B, C, D and E. In the first tie A plays B, C plays D which leaves E with nobody to play. E would normally play a friendly with another side. That means that when E do play a competition match they won't be at a disadvantage because they've not played as many matches as the other teams.
paok1970
 
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Reply Sat 27 Jan, 2018 07:15 am
@izzythepush,
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The game results do not count in the season standings of the teams


Is "standings" the American equivalent of the British "table" as in "The Premier League Table"?

Again, many, many thanks for your kind help.

izzythepush
 
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Reply Sat 27 Jan, 2018 07:19 am
@paok1970,
I imagine so, I don't really know anything about American sports so your guess is as good as mine.
izzythepush
 
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Reply Sat 27 Jan, 2018 07:21 am
@izzythepush,
Btw, Pisa is lovely, even if it's a bit expensive by the Piazza del Duomo.
paok1970
 
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Reply Sat 27 Jan, 2018 07:39 am
@izzythepush,
You are right, even though it's cheaper than Florence or Siena.
izzythepush
 
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Reply Sat 27 Jan, 2018 07:46 am
@paok1970,
The rest of the city maybe, but the bit around the tower is the most expensive place I've ever been to. I had to pay a Euro just to use the toilet in the pizza place even though I was already paying for pizza.

I've never known that anywhere else.

Not been to Siena, but Florence was wonderful.
paok1970
 
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Reply Sat 27 Jan, 2018 07:50 am
@izzythepush,
Although I'm from a small village near Pisa, I must admit that Siena is far nicer than Pisa.
izzythepush
 
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Reply Sat 27 Jan, 2018 08:01 am
@paok1970,
I thought it was all lovely, I stayed at a campsite outside of Pistoia, and went to Pistoia, Lucca, Florence and Pisa.

I live just down the road from Winchester which is beautiful in its own way, but Anglo Saxon Gothic architecture is no way near as pretty as what I saw in Tuscany. It's a different league entirely.
paok1970
 
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Reply Sat 27 Jan, 2018 10:37 am
@izzythepush,
I'm very happy that you had a lovely time in my region.
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