I don't have a particular interest in football, however it was on the telly in the bar of the hotel I'm spending tonight in. I noticed that there was no apparent logic in the numbers assigned to the players. The one I first noticed was 15, so I spent an untruthful few minutes wondering how, when there are 11 players in the team, he could acquire this number. Then I noticed he wasn't alone in wearing a number greater than 11. Here's my best guess. The players stand in a line before the match and the captain's take turns to pick their teams like we did at school. The number they get is derived from the order they were chosen. Does anyone know otherwise?