This football language post looks at the word ‘promotion‘ which is used to describe a team moving up from one division to another. You can read the transcript for this phrase 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 Us  Forum Glossary

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This phrase describes when a team moves up a division and is the opposite of relegation. The football pyramid in England means that teams can go up and down divisions – they can be promoted or relegated – teams cannot simply stay in a division if they want to. We can say that a team can win promotion or gain promotion, while we can also say that a team can be promoted, in fact we can describe a team that has been promoted as a ‘newly-promoted side‘.

  • Example: West Brom won promotion for the second time in three years last summer.
  • Example: Promotion to the Premier League is the dream for many Championship clubs.
  • Example: The last 12 months will live long in the memory of United fans who have seen their side quickly adapt to life in England’s top tier after winning automatic promotion last season. ( 2019)



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Football GlossaryEpisode 421