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Using this .htaccess file:

Options +FollowSymLinks 
Options +Indexes 
RewriteEngine On 

RewriteRule matches/(.*)-v-(.*) matches/matchevent.php?event=$1%20v%20$2 [R=301,L]

This url: http://www.example.com/sport/league/matches/team1-v-team2

rewrites to: http://www.example.com/sport/league/matches/matchevent.php?event=team1%20v%20team2

However, the browser returns this:

Not Found
The requested URL www.example.com/sport/league/matches/team1-v-team2 was not found on this server.

The .htaccess file is inside the matches directory where matchevent.php is. I have also tried it in the league directory.

Could someone help me?

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I replicated your setup. There are two problems:

  1. I can't get the %20 in the rewrite URL to work. I can get the rule to work if I replace %20 with +. A plus sign should URL decode to a space the same way a %20 does, so it should be treated the same in your matchevent.php script.
  2. It was redirecting me to a bad relative path. If I change the redirect path to start from the root with /sport/league/matches/, it works fine.

Here is the rewrite rule that works for me:

RewriteRule matches/(.*)-v-(.*) /sport/league/matches/matchevent.php?event=$1+v+$2 [R=301,L]

I think you will want to remove the R=301 from the rewrite rule so that it doesn't do a redirect, but rather shows you the content at the pretty url:

RewriteRule matches/(.*)-v-(.*) /sport/league/matches/matchevent.php?event=$1+v+$2 [L]
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Alternatively, spaces in the substitution can be backslash escaped \ , or even enclose the whole substitution string in double quotes. In the question, relative paths are used in the substitution (although you've changed it to a root-relative path, which also gets around the problem) in which case RewriteBase is probably required in order to correct the URL prefix. eg. RewriteBase /sport/league/. –  w3d May 14 '13 at 14:02
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