Football Glossary: Table

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(the) Table

The table shows the position of the teams in each division. The table demonstrates where each team is after a certain number of games and we can hear people say that a team can move up or down the table depending on results. A top-of-the table clash sees two sides near the top playing each other (see also bottom-of-the table clash), while if a side is rooted to the bottom of the table it means they are last in the division and also appear to have no chance of moving up.


  • Example: The end of the season table showed that Manchester United were first followed by Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal.
  • Example: Its looking more and more like Liverpool are a mid-table team.


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Football GlossaryEpisode 345