The phrase ‘to put on a plate’ means to serve something for somebody, to give them something. It combines both the meaning do a service for someone and to give someone something. In football…
Skip past: When do we use this phrase in football?
Draw Written All Over It: This phrase is used when predicting a result of a football match. If you say, ‘This match has draw written all over it’, it means you are sure the result will be a draw.
This phrase uses what is usually a noun, ‘gift’ as a verb, ‘to gift.’ If you gift someone something, you give them something, and in football this phrase is most often used with the object ‘ball’ or ‘goal.’
The verb, ‘slot,’ used with the preposition ‘in’ or ‘into’ gives to slot in, to slot into. To slot in means to fit in, to join a team
In football there are lots of words and phrases for when a player misses a scoring chance and one of these is to drag a shot wide.
For this week’s English for football phrase, we have ‘to defend too deep’ – when might you hear this phrase?
If a goalkeeper makes a save and then allows the ball to escape his or her hands we say that the ball has been spilled, that the keeper has spilled the ball. The could mean that a forward who is following in can take advantage and score with a tap in.
In this post, we explain the football vocabulary ‘Needle’. Find out more about this phrase by reading the transcript below. You can also find many more examples of soccer vocabulary by going to our football cliches page here and our huge football glossary here. Football Language: Needle Needle is a non-countable noun. Needle is a feeling […]
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You can use this phrase, shoulder barge, as a verb or a noun. A barge is a very strong push. It is done with the purpose of deliberately pushing someone
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Niggle can be used as a verb, adjective, or a countable noun, a niggle. However, in football it is most often used as an adjective
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The phrase to stab home describes a type of goal. In this phrase, home refers to the goal and to stab describes a quick shot
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