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2022 World Cup Language Podcast Day 8: Inswinging Free Kick (Morocco vs Belgium)

Today’s World Cup language podcast looks at some of the language to describe a goal scored by Morocco against Belgium from a free kick: inswinging and near post. You can read the transcript for this podcast below, while you can also check out our glossary of footballing phrases here and visit our site to access all our previous posts and podcasts. If you have any suggestions or questions then you can contact us at

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2022 World Cup Language Podcast Day 8: Inswinging Free Kick (Morocco vs Belgium)

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DF: Hello again everyone and welcome to – the football-language podcast for learners and teachers of English. I’m Damian and I’m based here in London and on today’s World Cup language podcast I am going to explain the phrase ‘inswinging free kick‘ after Morocco’s win over Belgium.

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Day 8: Inswinging Free kick

Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was at fault for the first goal, inexplicably allowing Sabiri’s inswinging free-kick to beat him at his near post with 17 minutes to go.(, November 27 2022)
This is how the BBC reported on the first of Morocco’s two goals in their win over Belgium. Let’s have a look at some of the language. So, another World Cup shock. This time Morocco, ranked 22nd before this tournament, defeated Belgium who are ranked second. The first goal in the game came from a free kick on the left-hand side of the penalty area. Normally, an attacking side would cross the ball towards their players in the penalty box so they could try and score with a header or a shot but on this occasion the Moroccan player Sabiri took a shot which went directly into the net – surprising the Belgian goalkeeper Courtois. Sabiri used his right foot to curl the ball towards the near post – we use this phrase to describe the post that is closest to the player striking the ball and the far post for the one that is further away. It is well known that keepers do not like to be beaten at their near post because it shows that their positioning is not so good and this is what happened in this match; with the Moroccan free kick beating Courtois at his near post. So, an inswinging free kick is one that moves towards the goal in a curved manner – the opposite of this would be an outswinging free kick as it curves away from the goal. We also use inswinging and outswinging when describing corners, crosses or passes. So, Sabiri’s inswinging free kick beat the Belgian keeper Courtois at his near post. A great win for Morocco.

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DB: Yes, you are listening to languagecaster and that message was from a Denamark supporter. It would be great to hear from anyone else who might like to share this message, ‘you are listening to‘. Don’t forget there’s a transcript to this short podcast and there’s lots of vocabulary support which you can access by coming along to our site. We think it’s a great resource for those learning and teaching the language.

OK, that’s it for this podcast in which we look back at some World Cup football language from the Morocco versus Belgium match in which we looked at the phrase, ‘inswinging free kick‘ and the near and far posts. Look out for the phrase in the upcoming games: an inswinging corner, an inswinging cross and of course an inswinging free kick. We’ll be back with some more World Cup football language tomorrow. Enjoy all the football and we’ll see you then. Bye bye!

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