In this post we look back at some of the words and phrases that we highlighted during the 2018 World Cup – a vocabulary review. Can you remember some (or all) of these words and the contexts they were used in during the tournament?2018 World Cup: Vocabulary Review

  • Find out more about these phrases by clicking on the posts 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.

2018 World Cup: Vocabulary Review

2018 World Cup Language: Come up short

2018 World Cup Language: One side of the draw

2018 World Cup Language: Fluke

2018 World Cup Language: Last Gasp

2018 World Cup Language: Switch sides

2018 World Cup Language: False number 9

2018 World Cup Language: Last 16

2018 World Cup Language: Fair Play

2018 World Cup Language: Play out a bore draw

2018 World Cup Language: You can only beat what is in front of you

2018 World Cup Language: Never Know They’re Beaten

2018 World Cup Language: Final third

2018 World Cup Football Language: Overturn a decision

2018 World Cup Language: Half-volley

World Cup Language: First-round exit

2018 World Cup Language: Straight red

2018 World Cup Football Language: Out of sight

2018 World Cup Language : Late Winners

2018 World Cup Football Language: VAR

2018 World Cup Football Language: Hat-trick & Brace

2018 World Cup Football Language: Unmarked


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