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Assist (football)

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In association football, an assist is a pass or a cross by a player which helps to score a goal. Most commonly, an assist is given to a player for passing or crossing the ball to the scorer. It may also be awarded to a player whose shot rebounds (off a defender, goalkeeper or goalpost) to a teammate who scores. Some systems may give an assist to a player who wins a penalty kick or a free kick for another player to score.[1][2] An attacking player for contributing to an own goal can also get an assist.[3] A goal may be unassisted, or have one assist. In some systems, even two assists is possible.[1][4]


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  1. 1.0 1.1 FIFA Technical Study Group (1986). "The Table of Goalscorers : Goals and Assists" (PDF). 1986 World Cup Technical Report, part 4. FIFA. p. 198. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 29 July 2008.
  2. FIFA Technical Study Group (1990). "1990 World Cup Technical Report, part 6" (PDF). FIFA. p. 281. Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 November 2012. Retrieved 29 July 2008.
  3. "Haverford College vs Alvernia College". Haverford College. 18 September 2007. Archived from the original on 13 July 2007. Retrieved 21 July 2014.
  4. NCAA Official Soccer Statistics Rules, §5.Art 1.(1)