An exhibition match or a friendly is a sporting term that is used to describe a match that comes with zero impact in terms of a team or a club’s standing. It is also known as a demonstration, a scrimmage or a preparation, warm-up or pre-season match.
Reasons behind Exhibition Matches
There are several exhibition matches organized by clubs. All of these are organized with varied reasons.
One of the major reasons behind exhibition matches is helping manages and coaches select and condition players for a tournament or a league seasons, which are both considered as competitive matches. These matches will not only enhance the players’ skills in the field but will also allow them to learn to work with each other.
Other reasons for organizing exhibition matches include to raise funds for the club or their chosen charities, to provide entertainment and to settle a challenge. These matches are also used to commemorate an anniversary especially for famous players and those who are retiring.
Furthermore, there are also leagues that hold exhibition matches where teams are composed of all-star players. These are held to showcase the leagues best players and their outstanding skills.
Exhibition Matches Facts
There are a number of interesting facts about exhibition matches in addition to those that share the reasons behind such events. These facts include exhibition matches being a common occurrence during the early days of football. The start of its decline happened when leagues were developed in the late 19th century.
Another interesting fact is that club football generally organize regular exhibition matches before a season starts. These matches are non-competitive and sometimes come with experimented or changed rules like unlimited substitutions. Most of these matches are done between small local clubs against a larger club.
In international football, exhibition matches are used to prepare teams for the final stages or qualifying for major tournaments. These matches usually happen during club league seasons, which in the past, has led to a disagreement between major tournament organizers and national associations. In addition, these matches allow managers to come up with tactics and the proper team selection that will be used for the tournament proper. It will allow the managers to carefully assess the skills and abilities of their players. An interesting fact when it comes to these matches is that goals and caps scored by individual players are automatically placed in his or her career records and that players who are given accumulated yellow and red card penalties can be suspended from participating in any future international tournaments.