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Relegation zone.mp3

Today’s English for football is relegation zone. To be relegated means to drop down a division. At the moment, Watford are at the bottom of the Premier League and they look like they will drop down to the Championship (the old Second Division). Relegation zone is a phrase we use to describe the bottom group of teams who are in danger of being relegated. In the Premier League at the moment Middlesbrough and Sheffield United are just above the relegation zone and have a big game this week. The relegation zone

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  • Hi
    i’d like to know the expression in English used when a team “goes up a division”. In short the opposite of relegation.

    • They get ‘promoted’ or ‘gain promotion’. If it is the top division you can say a team ‘makes it to the top flight’.
      Hope this helps!

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