dugoutThis week’s Languagecaster football phrase is ‘the play-offs’. You can find out more about this football phrase by reading the transcript below and listening to the audio file. You can also find many more examples of soccer vocabulary by going to our football cliches page here and our huge football glossary here. This post also features in our podcast show, along with a main report and our weekly predictions.
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Weekly Football Phrase – Play-offs

This week’s football phrase is ‘play-offs’. This phrase is quite a common in many other sports, particularly those from the US such as baseball, football and basketball. A play-off is a match to see which team can progress to the next round – it is very similar to the phrases knock-out or decider. In England three sides are promoted to the Premier League at the end of the season: the two sides that finish in the top two positions in the Championship and then in order to decide the final spot, the following four teams in the division (that’s 3rd to 6th) are involved in play-offs. So, the team finishing in 3rd place will face the team in 6th place while the teams who finished 4th and 5th will also play off. So, sometimes we can use this as a verb ‘to play-off‘. Now, the winners of each of these two-legged play-offs will meet in the final play-off to decide which team will be promoted. Play-offs

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