In this football language post we explain the football cliche ‘to telegraph a pass‘ which is used when describing a bad pass thanks to a defender reading and intercepting it. Don’t forget we have hundreds more explanations of football language in our football glossary and we also have a page full of football cliches. If you have questions or comments about this or any other phrase then email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Football Language: Telegraph a pass
If a player telegraphs a pass it means that their opponents can see what they intend to do and so can cut it out or block the pass. A telegraphed pass is a pass that is so obvious that the opposition can easily defend against it. To telegraph something is to communicate something so telegraphing the pass is to communicate to the other side what you are going to do so that they can intercept it.
Example: ‘The midfielder telegraphed the pass which meant the opposition broke on the counter attack‘