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Football Language: Set up a chance or goal

In this post we explain the football expression ‘set up a chance or set up a goal‘ which is used to describe an assist in football. If you have questions or comments, email us at: up a chance or goal

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Football Language: Set up a chance or goal

If a team attacks and creates a possibility to score a goal we say that they have set up a chance of scoring and if they score that chance we then say that the team set up a goal. We can say that a player set up a chance for his or her team mate which means that the player provided an assist or assisted their team mate. To set up a goal is similar but the chance was converted into a goal.

Example: Juventus defender Bonucci set up Ronaldo with a beautiful long pass for a wonder strike against Manchester United in the Champions League

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