Rule out

poachThis week, languagecaster.com introduces the English for football phrase ‘to rule out. You can understand more about this phrase by reading the transcript 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.
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This week’s English for football is to rule outto rule something out. This phrase means to eliminate, not choose, or exclude. It is used in football in a variety of situations. For example, the England defender John Terry has an injury that may rule him out of the game against Kazakhstan. His injury is bad, therefore he may not play. Michael Owen was not chosen for England’s team this weekend, but that doesn’t rule him out from appearing in the future. He may be chosen next time. Recently there has been talk about Liverpool and Everton sharing a ground, but most people rule this idea out, they don’t think it will happen. But with the current economic situation we can’t rule out some clubs having major financial problems. To rule out.

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